Rikako Ikee Blasts New Japanese National Record In Women’s 100 Fly

Japanese teenager Rikako Ikee was part of her nation’s new record-setting 4x100m freestyle relay in today’s prelims session at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, but she also scored a new mark on an individual level.

Competing in the women’s 100m butterfly heats, Ikee stopped the clock at a swift 57.27, a time which checks in as the 8th-fastest headed into tonight’s semi-finals. Her mark today also garnered the 16-year-old a new Japanese National Record in the event, surpassing her own previous time of 57.55 she set in April of this year.

In Rio today, Ikee knocked almost 3 tenths of a second off of that personal best, splitting 26.45/30.82 to nab her new record of 57.27. Japanese Teammate and World Champion in the 200m fly event, Natsumi Hoshi, clocked a time of 58.15 to qualify 15th overall.

Although Ikee’s mark sits at least a half a second off of the prelims’ top 3, the 16-year-old has proven she can steady the nerves of competing at her first Olympic Games and throw down a big swim. That’s exactly what she’ll need to do to move herself up into a strong lane position for tomorrow night’s final.

 

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Loretta Race

Loretta grew up outside Toledo, OH, where she swam age group and high school. Graduating from Xavier University, she stayed in the Cincinnati, OH area and currently resides just outside the city in Northern KY.  Loretta got back into the sport of swimming via Masters and now competes and is …

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