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Rikako Ikee (池江璃花子, Ikee Rikako, /ˈrkək ɪˈk/, Japanese: [ikee ɾiꜜkako]; born 4 July 2000) is a Japanese competitive swimmer. She is the national record holder in the 50-meter freestyle and the 100-meter butterfly, and the junior world record holder in the 50-meter freestyle and 50-meter butterfly long-course events,[2] and the 50- and 100-meter butterfly, and 100-meter individual medley in short course. At the 2018 Asian Games, she won six gold and two silver medals.

Rikako Ikee
Personal information
National team Japan
Born (2000-07-04) 4 July 2000 (age 18)[1]
Tokyo, Japan
Height170 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Weight56 kg (123 lb)
StrokesButterfly, freestyle



Ikee won the gold medals in the 50 and 100 meter butterfly events at the 2015 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Singapore, breaking the Championships record in each.[3][4][5] She also won the silver medal in the 50 meter freestyle and finished 4th in the 100 meter freestyle.

Ikee swam at the 2015 World Aquatics Championships.[6] She finished 19th in the 50 meter butterfly and missed qualification for the semifinals by 0.17 s. In the 4 × 200 meter freestyle relay Ikee and her teammates reached the final where they finished in 7th place.

At the 2015 World Cup leg in Tokyo, Ikee broke the senior Japanese record in the 100-meter butterfly with a time of 57.56, and the junior world record in the 50-meter butterfly in 26.17 (both long course).[7][8] She won the gold medal in both events, as well as in the 100-meter freestyle.


At the Kitajima Cup in Tokyo in January, Ikee broke the national record in the 100-meter freestyle, swimming 53.99.[9] This record was broken in April by Miki Uchida. In February, she broke the national record in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 24.74 at the Konami Open held at the Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center. This also broke the world junior record.[10]

2016 Summer OlympicsEdit

At the Olympic trials in Tokyo in April, Ikee slightly improved her national record in the 100 m butterfly to 57.55.[11] Ikee qualified to swim in four individual events (50 m freestyle, 100 m freestyle, 200 m freestyle, and 100 m butterfly) and three relay events (4 × 100 m freestyle relay, 4 × 200 m freestyle relay, and 4 × 100 m medley relay) at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.[12]

In the heats of the 100 m butterfly, she broke her national record with a time of 57.27.[13] In the semifinals she further improved this to 57.05, and in the final again, finishing 6th in 56.86. She finished 21st in the 200 m freestyle.


2018 Asian GamesEdit

At the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia, Ikee became the first swimmer to win six gold medals at a single Asian Games. She also won two silvers.[14] After returning to Japan, Ikee learned that she had won the Most Valuable Player award for the tournament, the first for a female athlete at the Games. She then returned to Indonesia to collect the trophy and prize money.[15]



Ikee felt ill during a three-week training camp in Australia early February, and left early to return to Japan to be examined by medical staff. On 12 February, Ikee posted a message on Twitter, announcing that she has been diagnosed with leukemia.[16]


  1. ^ "Rikako Ikee Overview". Eurosport. Retrieved October 12, 2015.
  2. ^ Race, Loretta (July 10, 2016). "Rikako Ikee scores new World Junior Record in women's 50 butterfly". SwimSwam. Retrieved July 10, 2016.
  3. ^ "Rikako Ikee Scares World Junior Record With Meet Mark in 50 Fly at 2015 FINA World Junior Championships". Swimming World Magazine. August 28, 2015. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  4. ^ "Rikako Ikee Breaks Championship Record In Women's 100 Butterfly". SwimSwam. August 30, 2015. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  5. ^ "Rikako is first Asian to win a world juniors 50m gold". The New Paper. August 29, 2015. Retrieved October 12, 2015.
  6. ^ "14-year-old swimmer Ikee qualifies for worlds". The Japan Times. April 9, 2015. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  7. ^ Race, Loretta (October 28, 2015). "Rikako Ikee Cranks Out New 100m Fly Japanese National Record in Tokyo". SwimSwam. Retrieved October 28, 2015.
  8. ^ Race, Loretta (October 29, 2015). "15-Yr-Old Rikako Ikee Blasts New World Junior Record In 50 Fly". SwimSwam. Retrieved October 29, 2015.
  9. ^ Grace, Jeff (31 January 2016). "15 Year-Old Rikako Ikee Breaks Japanese Record in the 100 Freestyle". Swimswam. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  10. ^ "Ikee, Shimizu break national records". The Japan Times. 20 February 2016. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  11. ^ Lord, Craig (4 April 2016). "Kosuke Hagino Checks Into Olympic 400IM On 4:08; Rikako Ikee Flies To 57.5NR". Swimvortex. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  12. ^ "リオでもそのまま池江~っ!日本勢最多7種目出場へ". Nikkan Sports. June 27, 2016. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  13. ^ Race, Loretta (August 6, 2016). "Rikako Ikee blasts new Japanese national record in women's 100 fly". Swimswam. Retrieved August 6, 2016.
  14. ^ "Asian Games: Japan's Ikee wins record sixth swimming gold in Jakarta". Reuters. August 24, 2018.
  15. ^ "Golden girl Rikako Ikee becomes first female MVP in Asian Games history". Reuters. 2 September 2018. Retrieved 2 September 2018 – via The Japan Times.
  16. ^ "Star Japanese swimmer Rikako Ikee Star announces leukemia diagnosis". Japan Times. 2019-02-12. Retrieved 2019-02-12.