2018 KONAMI OPEN
- Saturday, February 17th & Sunday, February 18th
- Tatsumi International Swimming Center
- Prelims at 9am local (7pm previous night EST)/Finals at 6pm local (4am EST)
- Meet Site
- SwimSwam Meet Preview
- Start Lists/Results
Our meet preview of the 2018 Konami Open highlighted the fact that 17-year-old Rikako Ikee has been making strides in the 200m freestyle and 200m IM events in addition to her bread-and-butter sprints, but the Japanese teen made a case-in-point in spades tonight. On day 1 of the Konami competition in Tokyo, the Olympic finalist cranked out a wicked-fast personal best in the 200m free, taking the gold in 1:55.04 for a new meet and Japanese national record.
Splitting 55.93/59.11, Ikee’s head-turning 1:55.04 outing crushed her previous NR of 1:56.33 set just over a year ago at the 2017 Kosuke Kitajima Cup. With her time tonight, Ikee moves into spot #10 on the all-time fastest performers of all-time in the event and represents the only Asian in that top 10.
For perspective, Ikee’s 1:55.04 tonight would have placed 2nd behind Italy’s Federica Pellegrini, ahead of USA’s Katie Ledecky, at the 2017 World Championships.
Ikee now stands as the top swimmer in the world in the event so far this season, easily overtaking the previous top-ranked teen Ariarne Titmus of Australia. That bodes well for Ikee with the Asian Championships and Pan Pacific Games both taking place later this year.
See how Ikee’s record-breaking race unfolds below.
— 池江 璃花子 (@rikakoikee) February 17, 2018