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Swimming: Ikee books Olympic qualifiers spot after leukaemia treatment

February 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Japanese swimmer Rikako Ikee smiles after winning the women 50-meter butterfly final of Tokyo Open 2021 at Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center in Tokyo on Feb. 21, 2021. 20-year-old Ikee clocked 25.77 seconds to capture her first title since she was diagnosed with leukemia in 2019. ( The Yomiuri Shimbun via AP Images )

Japanese swimmer Rikako Ikee will compete in Olympic qualifiers in April after clinching a podium finish in her first 100 metres butterfly event since being treated for leukaemia.

Japanese swimmer Rikako Ikee will compete in Olympic qualifiers in April after clinching a podium finish in her first 100 metres butterfly event since being treated for leukaemia.

The 20-year-old will now compete at the Japan Swim meet, the country's only Olympic-qualifying event before the Tokyo Games which were rescheduled to begin on July 23.

The Japanese Swimming Federation's Olympic qualifying bar stands at 57. 10 seconds, while Rio 2016 finalist Ikee's national record is 56. 08 seconds.

Ikee also won the 50-metres butterfly race, a non-Olympic event, with a time of 25. 77 seconds.

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