Japanese sprinter Rikako Ikee‘s return to racing finally month’s Tokyo Particular Swimming Event was important on a number of totally different ranges.
On the prime of the checklist, swim lovers in all places have been merely comfortable to see the multi-national file holder and 2016 Olympic finalist even dive again within the water, contemplating the leukemia-stricken ace had been within the hospital almost everything of 2019 following her February prognosis.
After a 594-day hiatus, Ikee was again to racing in Tokyo, having taken on the ladies’s 50m free and producing a strong mark of 26.32. We posted a video of the star emerging from the water, clearly overwhelmed with feelings, which demonstrated how a lot merely the power to compete once more, regardless of the end result, meant to the 2018 Asian Video games MVP.
As one other important milestone, we pointed out at the time how Ikee’s 26.32 50m free effort dipped underneath the 26.86 qualifying mark for October’s Japan Scholar Championships.
Now, with one month to go to that annual prestigious meet, Asian media is confirming that Ikee is certainly intending on racing on the occasion.
Ikee had initially focused the Scholar Championships as her first meet again. Nevertheless, because of the coronavirus, the Japanese Swimming Federation (JASF) determined that solely the highest 32-40 quickest athletes could be invited to the championships, with occasions franked from April 2019 onward.
Ikee’s time ranks the Pan Pacs gold medalist excessive sufficient, 17th in truth, which allows her to compete on the Japan Scholar Championships.