JAKARTA, Sept.2 (JDN.id) – Japanese swimmer Rikako Ikee, 18, becomes the best player at Asian Games 2018 after winning the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award on Sunday in Jakarta.
She becomes the first Asian female athlete to achieve the award and the fourth Japanese to win it from Asian Games.
Ikee seized six golds, four of them from women’s single events and two others as groups, as well as two silvers from this year’s Games.
She broke four Asian Games records from the 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle, as well as the 50-meter and 100-meter butterfly events.
“I am so happy. I was actually surprised (for getting the award). I am grateful for this,” Ikee said after receiving her award including $50,000 cash in Jakarta.
She promised to do her best in Tokyo 2020’s Olympics.
Ikee also broke Japanese national record of having six golds from an Asian Games, which was previously held by Yoshimi Nishigawa, who won five gold medals at the 1970 and the 1974 Asian Games.
Swimming contributes 19 gold medals for Japanese team, which is more than expected, according to Yasuhiro Yamashita, the country contingent’s chef de mission.