Rikako Ikee , the Japanese swim star who spent 10 months hospitalized for leukemia in 2019, qualified for the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday, 14 months after saying it was a miracle that she was alive . Ikee won the 100m butterfly in 57.77 seconds at Japan's Olympic Trials to earn a spot at least on the nation's medley relay team. The 20-year-old spoke through tears and sniffles on the pool deck afterward ( video here ). "I've never thought I'd be able to win the 100m," the Tokyo native Ikee said, according to a Kyodo News translation . "I thought I could win only in the distant future. But I trained to win, and I was saying to myself 'I'm back,' as I entered this race." Ikee may also be allowed to swim the event individually at the Olympics, though the Japan federation's automatic standard time to hit was 57.10. She is also expected to swim the 50m freestyle and 100m free later this week at trials. "No matter how unconfident or tough or difficult things are, if you work hard you get rewarded," Ikee said, according to Olympic Channel . "In the end, I went into the race thinking,… Read full this story
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