ASIAN GAMES MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Japanese swimmer Rikako Ikee was named the Olympic Council of Asia’s Most Valuable Player at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang by the OCA.

Ikee, 18, won six gold and two silver medals at the GBK Aquatic Centre in Jakarta to become the first female athlete in any sport to win six gold medals at a single Asian Games.

With eight medals in total, Ikee equalled the record medal haul in a single Asian Games held by North Korean shooter So Gin-man at the 1982 Asian Games in New Delhi, India.

She also became the first female winner of the MVP award, which the OCA introduced at the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok, Thailand.

Three swimmers had won the award previously:

Kosuke Kitajima (Japan) in 2002,

Park Tae-hwan (Republic of Korea) in 2006 and

Kosuke Hagino (Japan) in 2014.

The winner receives the OCA MVP Trophy and US$50,000 in prize money.

Ikee is the fourth Japanese athlete to win the prize in six editions.

Japanese swimmer Kosuke Hagino was announced as the most valuable player (MVP) of the 17th ASIAN Games

Rikako Ikee (born 4 July 2000) is a Japanese competitive swimmer.

She is the national record holder in the 50-meter freestyle and the 100-meter butterfly, and the junior world record holder in the 50-meter freestyle and 50-meter butterfly long-course events, and the 50- and 100-meter butterfly, and 100-meter individual medley in short course.

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