Cancer survivor Ikee qualifies for Tokyo Games

Japanese swimmer Ikee Rikako has qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games after returning to the sport following her battle with leukemia.

Ikee took part in the women's 100-meter butterfly final at the national championships on Sunday.

The 20-year-old made a slow start, but was in second place after the first 50 meters.

She picked up speed and overtook the frontrunner to win the race with a time of 57.77 seconds.

She cleared the time required to be a member of the 400-meter medley relay.

A tearful Ikee said she had thought it would be a long time before she could win a race again.
She also said she didn't imagine that she could qualify for the Games, even as a relay member.

Ikee was diagnosed with leukemia in February 2019. She returned to competition in August last year after medical treatment that included a 10-month stay in hospital.

She has taken part in five competitions since her comeback. In February, she finished a 50-meter butterfly race with a time that would have allowed her to qualify for the final of the world championships in 2019.