While competing at a Prefecture Swimming Federation meet in Japan, 16-year-old sprinting phenom Rikako Ikee captured a new Japanese National Record and World Junior Record in the women’s 50m butterfly. Ikee clocked a blistering time of 25.50 to obliterate the current record of 25.93 held by Canada’s Penny Oleksiak just since June of this year.
Ikee previously held the WJR in the 50m butterfly in February of this year, originally setting it at 26.17 before Oleksiak lowered the mark more than once during 2016.
The teenage speed machine that is Ikee now owns 3 of Japan’s National Records, adding the 50m butterfly to her current World Junior Record of 24.74 in the 50m freestyle and 57.55 Japanese NR in the 100m butterfly.
Although not an Olympic event, the 50m butterfly is indicative of Ikee’s fierce speed on the short butterfly and freestyle events, enough to garner the teenager a spot on her nation’s Rio roster. She’ll be competing in Rio individually in the 100m butterfly, as well as racing on her nation’s 400m freestyle, 800m freestyle and 400m medley relays.
After her 50m butterfly victory at the Prefecture meet, Ikee also notched a super speedy mark of 54.27 in the women’s 100m freestyle to take her 2nd event of the session.