LumaLanes Performance of the Week: Japan’s Ikee Continues To Dominate 2018

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

This week’s Performance Of The Week, sponsored by LumaLanes, goes to Rikako Ikee for her amazing performance in the 100 butterfly during the Mare Nostrum Tour series in Europe this week.

Ikee broke yet another Japanese record at the final stop of the European leg of the Mare Nostrum series in Monaco, clocking in at 56.23 in the 100 butterfly to record the fastest time in the world this year and break her own Japanese record in the event. That moves her past world record holder Sarah Sjostrom in the event, who was 56.35 back in April, and ties her as the fifth fastest performer of all time in the event.

While Sjostrom and Ikee won’t meet at a major international competition this year, both still have their major championships coming up this summer, with Ikee competing at the Pan Pacific Championships and Sjostrom at the European Championships later this summer.

Whether Ikee will finish the season as the fastest in the world is yet to be seen, but the young Japanese swimmer has been absolutely on fire this year. Ikee has broken Japanese records in five different events in 2018: the 50/100/200 freestyle and the 50/100 butterfly events. And with 18th birthday on July 4th this summer, Ikee is likely just getting started with her assault on the Japanese record books.

Congratulations Rikako Ikee on earning Swimming World’s Performance of the Week!

Special Thanks to LumaLanes for sponsoring Swimming World’s Performance of the Week.
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Author: James Sica

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James Sica is the Men and Women's Assistant Coach at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been an assistant coach at CMU in Pittsburgh, PA (2015-2017), a volunteer assistant coach with the Harvard women’s program (2014-2015) and an assistant with the Ithaca College men's program (2012-2014).

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