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Rikako
Ikee
JapanJapan, JPN
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
04 July 2000
Height
171 cm
Residence
Tokyo, JPN
Occupation
Student
Languages
English, Japanese
Higher education
Sports Science - Nihon University : Tokyo, JPN

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began the sport at age three.
Why this sport?
She was influenced by her older brother and sister.
Club / Team
Renaissance [JPN] / Nihon University [JPN]:
Name of coach
Jiro Miki [personal], JPN, from 2018

International Debut

Year
2014
Competing for
Japan
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Tokyo, JPN

General Interest

Hobbies
Colouring books, puzzles, watching movies. (rikako-ikee.jp, 13 Jun 2019)
Hero / Idol
Japanese swimmer Kosuke Hagino. (s-re.jp, 2014)
Injuries
She sustained pain in her left shoulder and ankle in 2017. (hochi.co.jp, 26 Jul 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Keep it up." (Twitter profile, 13 Feb 2019)
Awards and honours
She was given Swimmer of the Year Award at the 2018 Japan Aquatics Awards. (swimswam.com, 28 Jan 2019; bbm-japan.com, 29 Jan 2019)

She received a Special Award at the 68th Japan Sports Awards in 2018. (msn.com, 14 Dec 2018)

She was Japan's flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 03 Sep 2018)

She was named Most Valuable Player [MVP] at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia by the Olympic Council of Asia [OCA]. (swimswam.com, 02 Sep 2018)

She was given an Excellence Award and Arena Sprint Award at the 2017 Japan Aquatic Awards. (tobiuojapan.org, 23 Jan 2018)

She received Big Sports Award at the 2017 TV Asahi Big Sports Awards in Japan. (sportsbull.jp, 12 Jan 2018)

She was awarded the FINA Trophy for the Best Female Swimmer at the 2017 World Junior Championships in Indianapolis, IN, United States of America. (fina.org, 29 Aug 2017)
Milestones
She is the first swimmer, male or female, to win six gold medals at a single edition of the Asian Games. She claimed victory in two relay events and four individual events at the 2018 Games in Indonesia. She also became the first female athlete from any sport to win six gold medals at a single edition of the Asian Games. (SportsDeskOnline, 31 Aug 2018; reuters.com, 25 Aug 2018)
Ambitions
To recover from her leukaemia treatment and compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (japantimes.co.jp, 05 Jun 2019)
Other information
ILLNESS
She was diagnosed with leukaemia in February 2019. She took time away from the sport to receive treatment. In June 2019 she was temporarily discharged from hospital, but returned a few days later to continue her treatment. "Treatment is ongoing, and there are days I don't feel so well. On those days, I just wait for time to pass and somehow manage to survive. I stay motivated by setting a post-discharge goal for myself." (japantimes.co.jp, 05 Jun 2019; rikako-ikee.jp, 13 Jun 2019)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2018 she was appointed as the sports ambassador for Gujo, Japan. (gifu-np.co.jp, 05 Dec 2018)