The 2019 Konami Open kicked off tonight, but without one of Japan’s main aquatic powerhouses, Rikako Ikee. Swimming in her honor, Ikee’s Japanese teammates threw down some stellar marks for this point in the season.
A ‘who’s who’ within the Japanese swimming ranks is set to descend upon the Tatsumi International Swimming Center this weekend to compete at the annual Konami Open. However, this year will have a different meaning, as the nation’s star female athlete, Rikako Ikee, will no longer be taking part, instead addressing her recently-disclosed illness of leukemia.
The entire swimming community was shocked to learn that Japanese swimming superstar Rikako Ikee has been diagnosed with leukemia, just months after becoming the first-ever Asian Games MVP.
At the Hamana Bay Long Course Championships, Japanese National Record holders Daiya Seto and Yui Ohashi were among those who belted out some world ranking shake-ups
Recognizing its elite athletes for performances throughout the 2018 season, the Japanese Swimming Federation bestowed is top prize of Swimmer of the Year to teenage powerhouse Rikako Ikee.
Both Olympians Kosuke Hagino and Yui Ohashi of Japan got some racing in over the weekend, taking on the Tokyo Northern Block competition.
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Along with Japanese National Team Coach Norimasa Hirai, Daiya Seto’s coach, Takayuki Umehara, earned our Swammy Award for the 2018 Asian Coach of the Year.
18-year-old Rikako Ikee has had her best year of swimming yet, earning her the Swammy Award for Female Asian Swimmer of the Year.
Katinka Hosszu will look to continue her reign in the women’s medley events in Hangzhou.
Yui Ohashi put up another impressive 400 IM performance, while Rikako Ikee tried out events like the 200m fly and 100m breast at a domestic meet this weekend.
Las campeonas olímpicas Cate Campbell, Bronte Campbell, Emma McKeon y Brittany Elmslie (en la foto) no participarán en el mundial de Hangzhou. Otras estrellas como Yulia Efimova, Sarah Sjostrom, Mireia Belmonte, Kosuke Hagino y Lilly King también han renunciado. Hay falta de interés por parte de la élite?
Yui Ohashi fired off a faster 400 IM time tonight in Tokyo than what it took her to win gold at this year’s Pan Pacific Championships.
El récord del mundo de Xu Jiayu en 100m espalda, lo más destacado del último día de competición en la Copa del mundo de Tokyo. Los rusos siguen imparables. Sjostrom sale derrotada ante Ikee y Kromowidjojo. Lili Ibáñez ha batido el récord mexicano de 100m libres.
Michael Andrew fell just short of gold in the men’s 50m fly, but came within .01 of Tom Shields’ American Record tonight in Tokyo.