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Swimming: Ikee rewrites her Japan 100-meter freestyle record

Rikako Ikee acknowledges the crowd after winning the women's 100-meter freestyle at the Kosuke Kitajima Cup. (Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) Japan's teenage sensation Rikako Ikee slashed 0.24 second from her national record in the women's 100-meter freestyle on Sunday at the Kosuke Kitajima Cup in Tokyo.

The 18-year-old Ikee clocked 52.79 seconds on the final day of the two-day meet at Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center. She set the previous record at April's national championships.

The current world record, set by Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom last year, is 51.71 seconds.

Ikee shot to stardom by winning six gold medals at this summer's Asian Games in Jakarta and will likely become one of the faces at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The long-course tournament, hosted by the Tokyo Swimming Association, is named after Olympic gold medalist Kosuke Kitajima.

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