Rikako Ikee is a Japanese Competitive Swimmer. Rikako Ikee is the national record holder in the 100-meter butterfly as well as the 50-meter freestyle. She also is the junior world record holder in the 50-meter freestyle and 50-meter butterfly long-course events, and the 50- and 100-meter butterfly, and 100-meter individual medley in short course.
Table of Biography
Birth Facts and Education
Rikako Ikee was born in Edogawa City, Tokyo, Japan, on July 4, 2000. She is 21 years old and is under the astrological sign, Cancer. She holds Japanese nationality and her ethnicity is Asian.
Her mother’s name is Miyuki Ikee but her father’s name is unknown at the moment. Similarly, information regarding Rikako’s siblings, cousins, grandparents, and other family members is not available as of now. However, it is known that she is very close with her mother as well as her other family members and loves spending time with them. Also, Ikee has shared pictures along with some of her family members on her social accounts.
Regarding Rikako’s educational background and qualifications, she attended Edogawa Kuritsu Nishikoiwa Elementary School and Edogawa Kuritsu Koiwa Daiyon Junior High School in Edogawa City. She then enrolled in Nihon University for her graduate study.
Career and Professional Life
Rikako Ikee started swimming when she was just 3 years old. And when she was 5 years old, she was already able to swim 50 meters in four styles and they are freestyle, backstroke, butterfly, and breaststroke. Rikako was able to win the gold medal in the 50- and 100-metre freestyle events, setting the new junior-high-school record in a short course at the JOC Spring Swim Meet for 13-14 years age group, held in March 2014. Also, she was able to win the gold medal in the 50-meter butterfly event.
Likewise, Rikako Ikee was able to win the gold medals in the 50 and 100-meter butterfly events at the 2015 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Singapore. She even broke the Championships record in each event. Also, she was able to win the silver medal in the 50-meter freestyle and finished 4th in the 100-meter freestyle. Moreover, Rikako even swam at the 2015 World Aquatics Championships. However, she was able to finish 19th in the 50-meter butterfly and missed qualification for the semifinals by 0.17 s. But, she along with her teammates reached the final where they finished in 7th place in the 4 × 200-meter freestyle relay.
Rikako Ikee was able to break the senior Japanese record with a time of 57.56 in the 100-meter butterfly, and the junior world record in the 50-meter butterfly in 26.17 which were both long courses, at the 2015 World Cup leg in Tokyo. She was able to win the gold medal in both events, and also in the 100-meter freestyle.
The year 2016
Rikako Ikee was able to break the national record in the 100-meter freestyle, swimming 53.99 at the Kitajima Cup in Tokyo in January of the year 2016. Then again she was able to break the national record in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 24.74 at the Konami Open held at the Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center in February. And, this also broke the world’s junior record.
Likewise, at the Olympic trials in Tokyo in April, Rikako Ikee slightly was able to improve her national record in the 100 m butterfly to 57.55. This helped her become qualified to swim in four individual events: 50 m freestyle, 100 m freestyle, 200 m freestyle, and 100 m butterfly. And, also three relay events: 4 × 100 m freestyle relay, 4 × 200 m freestyle relay, and 4 × 100 m medley relay. Both of the relays were at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Moreover, Rikako Ikee was able to break her national record with a time of 57.27 in the heats of the 100 m butterfly. And, Ikee further was able to improve this to 57.05, and in the final again, finishing 6th in 56.86 in the semifinals. Moreover, she was able to finish 21st in the 200 m freestyle, 12th in the 100 free, and 36th in the 50 free.
The year 2017
Rikako Ikee was able to finish sixth in the 100m butterfly sharing a personal best time of 57.08. Likewise, she along with her different teammates have participated in many freestyle relays. Ikee was able to continue her success from Budapest into the World Junior Championships in Indianapolis. Moreover, she was able to score golds in the 50m free (24.59), 50m fly (25.46), and 100m fly (57.25), and also a silver in the 100m free (54.16). Also, bronzes across the 4×100 free, 4×200 free, and 4×100 medley relays, bringing her total medal haul to 7.
Rikako had the fastest split of the entire field in both free relays. Then she also competed at the National Sports Festival of Japan, a 2-day event for swimming where the Golden Girl competed in the 50m and 100m free later in the year 2017. And, Ikee was able to win both, taking the top prize in the 50m free with a time of 24.33, which lowered her own Junior World Record by .15 from earlier in the year.
The year 2018
Rikako Ikee was able to become the first swimmer to win six gold medals at a single Asian Games at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia. She even was able to win won two silvers. After returning to Japan, Ikee received the Most Valuable Player award for the tournament, the first for a female athlete at the Games. Then she again returned to Indonesia to collect the trophy as well as prize money.
Rikako Ikee was ill during a three-week training camp in Australia in early February 2019. She then left early to return to Japan to be examined by medical staff. Then, she shared a message on Twitter announcing that she has been diagnosed with leukemia on February 12, 2019. Ikee suffered a two-year-long struggle with cancer that brought her to her knees.
After being diagnosed with Leukemia for two years, Rikako Ikee became qualified for the 4×100 medley relay in the Tokyo Olympics by winning the 100-meter butterfly event in the Japanese Olympic trials with a time of 57.77 seconds. She even helped the team reach the finals of the 4×100 medley relay. Currently, Rikako is participating in the Tokyo Olympics 2021.
Rikako Ikee is probably single at the moment and is more focused on her career and life rather than being in a relationship. Or Ikee might have wanted to keep her love relationship private and away from the limelight and the public eye. Even focusing on Ikee’s past relationships, no information has come forward until now. So, we can pretty much assume she is not involved in a relationship.
Rikako Ikee has a height of 5 feet 7 inches and her weight is 41 Kg. However, Ikee’s other body measurements are not available as of now. Likewise, Rikako has black hair and dark brown eyes.
Social Media and Net Worth
Rikako Ikee is pretty active on her social accounts. She owns an Instagram account under the name “ikee.rikako” and is verified as well. She has garnered 429K followers on it until now. Likewise, Ikee also owns a Twitter account which is verified as well. Her Twitter account has 661.1K followers on it.
Talking about Rikako’s net worth and earnings, her exact income is unknown. But she does earn from her career of swimming.