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Rikako Ikee wins 50 freestyle for 3rd national title

by ZwemZa on May 2nd, 2022

Rikako Ikee leaps from the starting block in the women’s 50-meter freestyle final at the national swimming championships at Yokohama International Swimming Pool in Yokohama, Japan, on May 1, 2022. (Kyodo)

Leukemia survivor Rikako Ikee wrapped up the national championships Sunday by claiming the 50-meter freestyle, her third win at the four-day meet at Yokohama International Swimming Pool.

The 21-year-old had already qualified for the Asian Games in September in Hangzhou, China, after winning the 50 butterfly and 100 freestyle. Her 24.78 seconds in the 50 free did not qualify her to make the games in the event but was enough for another win.

She finished fourth in the 100 butterfly in 58.42.

Ikee, the 2018 Asian Games MVP in Jakarta after winning six gold medals, was diagnosed with leukemia in February 2019 but made a remarkable return to compete at last summer’s Tokyo Olympics.


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