Rikako Ikee Lowers 1Fly NR Again, Moves Ahead of Oleksiak In Best Ever


17-year-old Rikako Ikee was able to lower her own newly-minted 100m butterfly national record from last night’s semi-finals with a 56.38 stunner tonight in Tokyo. After establishing herself as the #1 swimmer in the world this season with her new NR of 56.58 in yesterday’s session, the teen managed to drop .2 off of that performance to check-in with a new personal best and world-leading effort of 56.38.

Splitting 26.12/30.26, Ikee found some extra speed on the front end, out doing her 26.44 opening split from last night. Prior to this Japan Swim competition, Ikee’s previous personal best, and old NR stood at the 56.86 she registered in Rio back in 2016.

With her 56.58 performance, Ikee now jumps ahead of Canadian teen and 100m freestyle Olympic champion Penny Oleksiak in the list of all-time performers in the 100m fly event. Oleksiak captured silver in Rio with a mighty 56.46, but Ikee just outdid that mark in 56.38 to position her as the 7th fastest performer in history.

There is a highly anticipated battle brewing between Ikee and Oleksiak, which may indeed come to a head at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in front of Ikee’s home crowd.


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bobo gigi

Sjöstrom v Oleksiak v Ikee,

bobo gigi

And Dana Vollmer with another comeback 🙂


As much respect as I have for Dana Vollmer, who broke one of the few London 2012 World Records, she’s past her prime. I’d sooner expect Kelsie Worrell (sorry if that’s spelled wrong, but it’s after midnight and I need to get to bed) to challenge for a medal at this point.


I think Sjöström v Sjöström and Oleksiak v Ikee

bobo gigi

In 2 years many things can happen. Maybe Erica Brown will swim 52/53 in 2020. 🙄


Or Dora Hathazi 55.0 🙂


BTW Bobo, watch out for Olaf Cserfalvi (20/09/2004), also from Nyiregyhaza as Dora Hathazi, with 27.41; 58.88; 2:07.09 (lcm fly).

Michael j. Mooney

Americans will be back in the fly…


To tell the truth basicly I don’t mind who is in the front. I’m the fan of swimming.


That’s why I hope Ikee and/or Oleksiak can challenge Sjöström in the 100 fly in the future, dominance is never good for any sport imo.


Phelps’ dominance literally made swimming what it is, and Dressel’s dominance is bringing about a new revival of the sport. Dominance causes waves of the next generation being inspired by them and inevitably bettering the dominant performer’s records.

bobo gigi

Day 1 men’s 400 free final


The swimmer who came second was losing a body length at almost every turn!

bobo gigi

The swimmer who finished second is Kosuke Hagino.

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