Rikako Ikee Moves to #5 in All-Time Rankings in 100 Fly


In her final 100 fly of what has been an electric tour this week at the Mare Nostrum Series in Europe, Japan’s Rikako Ikee swam a 56.23 in the 100 fly that moves her into a tie for the 5th-best time in history in the event. The swim breaks her own Japanese Record of 56.38 that she did in Tokyo in April, and she’s now been her 3 career-best times in the last 10 weeks alone (she was 56.40 in Barcelona earlier this week).

Comparative Splits:

  • Old NR (April): 26.12/30.26 = 56.38
  • New NR (Monaco): 26.37/29.86 = 56.23
  • Career #3 Time (Bacrelona): 26.39/30.01 = 56.40

That time for Ikee is also the new world #1, beating out the 56.35 done by Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom, the event World Record holder, in April. Those two won’t see each other at a major long course championship until the 2019 World Championships in South Korea.

5 Fastest 100 LCM Butterflies Ever (Performers):

  1. Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden – 55.48
  2. Dana Vollmer, USA – 55.98
  3. Liu Zige, China – 56.07
  4. Emma McKeon, Australia – 56.18
  5. (TIE) Rikako Ikee, Japan/Jess Schipper, Australia – 56.23.

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Sharon Brodnansky
2 years ago

Oh my! Soooooo good! I think my daughter, nearly thirteen, will take all of the things SHE has learned from each and every great swimmer!!! Thank You! And yes, she is trying to catch you Too! Good luck!

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