Japanese Ikee wins sixth gold in 2018 Asian Games
Japanese swimmer Rikako Rikako Ikee won her sixth gold medal in the 2018 Asian Games after being the fastest swimmer and breaking the Asian Games record in the women’s 50 m freestyle competition at the Aquatics Stadium in the Gelora Bung Karno sport complex, Jakarta, on Friday evening.
Her time of 24.53 seconds is a new Asian Games record, breaking the previous record of 24.87 seconds set by Chinese swimmer Chen Xinyi at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon.
Eighteen-year-old Ikee defeated Liu Xiang, China’s top swimmer who set a new world record for the women’s 50 m backstroke with a time of 26.98 seconds in the final on Tuesday (Aug. 21).
Ikee has also won golds in the women’s 100 m freestyle, 50 m butterfly, 100 m butterfly, 4x100 m freestyle relay, and 4x100 m medley relay.
In the final of the women’s 100 m butterfly competition, Ikee also set an Asian Games record with a time of 56.30 seconds.
Ikee is famous for her strong spirit in every competition.
"I will only win with strong determination,” she said.
Reporter: Yashinta Difa Pramudyani
AG Media and PR in cooperation with The Jakarta Post