Rikako Ikee Claims Two Wins on Day 2 of 2017 Japan Open

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Photo Courtesy: Adrian Seetho/Singapore Swimming Federation


The 2017 Japan Open continued with British and Japanese Olympians collecting multiple wins. Adam PeatyRikako Ikee, and Daiya Seto were among the event winners at day two.

Adam Peaty, Britain’s breaststroke phenom, added to his breaststroke success with a win in the 50 breast. Peaty delivered a 26.94 to be the only athlete beneath the 27-second mark. Yasuhiro Koseki touched second overall with a 27.44, while China’s Yan Zibei was third with a 27.53.

Britain’s Imogen Clark collected the women’s 50 breast title with a 30.63. Japan’s Satomi Suzuki grabbed second overall with a 30.82, followed by Britain’s Sarah Vasey’s 30.87.

James Guy added to Britain’s medal count with a top showing in the men’s 400 free. Guy chased down Japan’s Naito Ehara for a gold medal finish of 3:46.61, while Ehara slipped to second with a 3:47.57.

The women’s 400 free was topped by Japan’s Chihiro Igarashi. Fellow countrywoman Chinatsu Satou finished second with a 4:11.00, followed by Australia’s Mikayla Messer and her time of 4:12.31.

Japan’s Rikako Ikee collected two gold medals with top showings in the women’s 50 fly and 100 free. Ikee flew to a sizzling 25.78, finishing just off her season best time of 25.51. Sayuki Ouchi of Japan finished second with a 26.63, followed by Britain’s Alys Thomas and her third place finish of 26.78.

Ikee flexed her sprint prowess in the 100 free, clocking a 54.47 to her teammate Tomomi Aoki’s 54.90. Ikee’s 2017 best sits at a 53.83 from the Japanese Championships. Ouchi took third overall with a 55.09.

Shinri Shioura continued Japan’s sprint free success into the men’s 100 free. Shioura touched first in a close field, where the top three finished within .04 seconds of each other, with a final time of 48.82. Fellow countrymen Katsumi Nakamura touched second with a 48.84, while Britain’s Duncan Scott was third with a 48.86.

Britain’s Ben Proud grabbed gold in the mens’ 50 fly over Japan’s Takeshi Kawamoto. Proud stopped the clock at a 23.31 over Kawamoto’s 23.66.

Daiya Seto out-lasted the competition in the men’s 400 IM, touching first with a 4:10.18. Takeharu Fujimori turned in a second place finish of 4:10.90, followed by Kosuke Hagino’s 4:11.53.

Japan delivered a 1-2 punch in the women’s 400 IM, led by a top finish by Yui Ohhashi. Ohhashi collected gold with a top time of 4:36.48, while fellow countrywoman Sakiko Shimizu took second with a 4:37.78. Britain’s Hannah Miley was third with a 4:38.32.

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