Teen Phenom Rikako Ikee Lowers Own 50 Free National Record/WJR

2017 KONAMI OPEN

  • Saturday, February 18th – Sunday, February 19th
  • Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo, Japan
  • Prelims at 9am local (7pm previous night EST)/Finals at 6pm local (4am EST)
  • Meet Site
  • Start Lists/Results (in Japanese)

Another swim, another Japanese National Record for teen phenom Rikako Ikee. While competing at the 2017 Konami Open at Tatsumi International Swimming Center in Tokyo today, the 16-year-old lowered her own personal best 50m freestyle time by .19 to notch not only a new national mark, but also an even lower World Junior Record.

Headed into today’s meet, Ikee’s previous record stood at the 24.67 she nabbed at the 2016 Japanese National Sports Festival at the Morioka Municipal Pool. That performance itself had lowered the teen’s own Japanese National Record, which previously stood at 24.74 from the 2016 version of the Konami Open. Today in Tokyo, however, Ikee scored a new record-setting time of 24.48 to re-write the history books once again. At just 16 years of age, Ikee holds her nation’s national LCM records across the 50m/100m/200m freestyle and 50m/100m butterfly events.

2016-2017 LCM WOMEN 50 FREE

SarahSWE
SJOSTROM
07/29
23.67*WR
2Ranomi
KROMOWIDJOJO
NED23.8507/30
3Simone
MANUEL
USA23.9707/30
4Pernille
BLUME
DEN24.0007/30
5Bronte
CAMPBELL
AUS24.4307/29
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Also today’s final session, Ikee notched a new competition record in the women’s 100m butterfly, checking in with a swift 57.55. That comfortably overtook her own meet record from last year of 58.86 and also sits as the teen’s 2nd fastest outing this season. Her 57.46 100m butterfly from the 10th Asian Swimming Championships last November still rests as the 2nd fastest time in the world this season.

2016-2017 LCM WOMEN 100 FLY

2Emma
McKEON
AUS56.1807/24
3Kelsi
WORRELL
USA56.3707/24
4Rikako
IKEE
JPN56.8901/28
5Penny
OLEKSIAK
CAN56.9407/24
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For the men, Daiya Seto stood out from the competition in one of his signature events, the men’s 400m IM. Dominating the race, as per his usual, Seto came away with the gold in a mark of 4:11.37. That’s just off his own season-best of 4:10.17 from last November, a time which still ranks as #1 in the world.

2016-2017 LCM MEN 400 IM

ChaseUSA
KALISZ
07/30
4.05.90
2David
VERRASZTO
HUN4.07.4706/24
3daiya
SETO
JPN4.07.9906/24
4Jay
LITHERLAND
USA4.09.3106/29
5Max
LITCHFIELD
GBR4.09.6207/30
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Newly-minted 200m breaststroke world record holder Ippei Watanabe was slated to make an appearance at the meet, however, he was absent from that particular event here in Tokyo. In his absence, Yasuhiro Koseki took advantage of the opportunity, racing his way to gold in 2:11.14.

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Uberfan

She will dominate at Tokyo

Dee

I’m not so sure about that. She is a supreme talent, but I think we have a generation of supreme 50/100/200 freestyles coming through. Oleksiak & Ikee are identical in their ‘events’, and incidentally identical to Sjöström. Cate, Bronte & Simone are still young. Steenbergen had a plateau in 2016 but again is very similar in that she is strong across 50/100/200. My wildcard is Freya Anderson, strong 50-400, beat Rebecca Smith over 100m in Ontario in December and is the youngest of the lot (2001). I suspect ultimately she’ll become a 200 specialist though.

Ikee, along with Oleksiak, is certainly in prime position.

DDias

If I had to bet, I would put my money in Oleksiak.She is very tall and has a lot of muscle to fill her slim body(I saw her at Olympics 3feet from me several times).Save injuries/out of pool problems, Penny will be a 51seconds swimmer in the next two years.

bobo gigi

24.48 at 16.
Ok. What a talent!
She’s programmed to win the 50 free, the 100 free and the 100 fly in Tokyo.
How will she handle the pressure at home?

tea rex

Is it just me, or does it feel like Ikee has been 16 years old for the last three years? That is a sign of a pretty great year.

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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