Rikako Ikee Takes Down Liu Xiang In 50 Free For New Games Record; Wins Sixth Gold

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Japan’s Rikako Ikee may have clinched herself swimmer of the meet honors by taking down world record holder Liu Xiang of China in the 50 free final. Ikee swam a 24.53 to win her sixth gold medal of the meet and eighth medal overall. Ikee was also slightly faster than what she swam at Pan Pacs earlier in the month.

Liu finished with the silver at 24.60 while China’s Wu Qingfeng (24.87) finished with the bronze medal.

Both Ikee and Liu were off their country’s national records that they hold.

Japan’s Mayuka Yamamoto (25.45), Singapore’s Amanda Lim (25.47), Ting Quah (25.48), Korea’s Kim Minju (25.81) and Hong Kong’s Stephanie Au (25.86) also swam in the final.

  1. Rikako Ikee, JPN, 24.53, Games Record
  2. Liu Xiang, CHN, 24.60
  3. Wu Qingfeng, CHN, 24.87
  4. Mayuka Yamamoto, JPN, 25.45
  5. Amanda Lim, SGP, 25.47
  6. Ting Quah, SGP, 25.48
  7. Kim Minju, KOR, 25.81
  8. Stephanie Au, HKG, 25.86

2018 Virtual World Championships

  1. Sarah Sjostrom, SWE, 23.74, Europeans
  2. Pernille Blume, DEN, 23.75, Europeans
  3. Cate Campbell, AUS, 23.78, Commonwealth Games
  4. Ranomi Kromowidjojo, NED, 24.21, Europeans
  5. Simone Manuel, USA, 24.22, Pan Pacs
  6. Bronte Campbell, AUS, 24.26, Commonwealth Games
  7. Taylor Ruck, CAN, 24.26, Commonwealth Games
  8. Mariia Kameneva, RUS, 24.40, Europeans
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  1. Tina Kemal

    congratulations Rikako Ikee you are the Real Queen of Asia

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