© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Japan’s Rikako Ikee reacts after winning the 100-meter women’s butterfly final at the National Swimming Championships in Tokyo
Japanese swimmer Rikako Ikee won the women’s 50 meter freestyle and 50 meter butterfly at the national championship on Saturday, less than eight months after her return competition after recovering from leukemia.
Ikee finished in 24.84 seconds on free 50m, missing the 24.46 seconds she needed to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, slated to begin July 23.
The 20-year-old kicked off by winning the non-Olympic 50m in time with 25.56 seconds.
She finished the national championship with four titles.
On Thursday, she won the free 100m after finishing in 53.98 seconds. She missed the 53.31 seconds needed to qualify for the Olympics personal 100m free content but has booked the ticket for the relay 400m content.
Ikee also won at 100m on Sunday, earning her a spot at the 4×100 relay Olympics – unthinkable just months before she was back in fitness after her treatment. cancer.
Ikee, who won six gold medals at the 2018 Asian Games, is expected to be one of Japan’s top medal hopes at the Olympics before she is diagnosed with leukemia. year 2019.
She fought back and returned to play last August.
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