Japan’s Rikako Ikee Crushes Two WJR in Tokyo

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Rikako Ikee shows no signs of slowing down as she wraps up her duties at the Tokyo stop of the 2017 FINA World Cup series with two more World Junior Records. Ikee was able to lower two of her own WJR records in the 100m butterfly and the 100m I.M.. Both of those records were originally set at last year’s installment if the Tokyo World Cup.

In the 100m butterfly, Ikee was just nine-tenths behind World Cup record holder in the event, Sarah Sjostrom, with a time of 55.99. With this mark, Ikee becomes the first female junior swimmer to swim under 56 seconds.

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Comparative splits:

2016: 26.73 (29.69) = 56.42

2017: 26.71 (29.28) = 55.99

From looking at the data, it looks like Ikee managed to bring back the second 50 faster than she did laster, which is what led her to the record.

In the 100m I.M. Ikee was behind another veteran, Katinka Hosszu. This time Ikee was only three tenths behind and managed to crack her own WJR in the event by about a half a second with the time of 57.75, compared to the 58.24 she produced at the same meet las year.

Comparative splits:

2016: 26.65 (31.59) = 58.24

2017: 26.20 (31.55) = 57.75

Here it looks like Ikee swam an almost identical race, with the exception of the first 50 which was about four-tenths faster than what she went last year.

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Jason Tillotson is a junior at American University where he is majoring in Foreign Language Communication with a minor in Marketing. He is also a coach for Nation's Capital Swim Club.

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