2021-01-13

She won the most important competition in her life-remember the famous Japanese swimmer Chijiang Rikako

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Xinhua News AgencyTokyo, January 13th (Reporter Wang Zijiang) January 11th is Japan’s”Adult Day”. In the new crown pneumonia epidemic, the lively coming-of-age ceremonies in the past have been cancelled. The famous Japanese swimmer Chijiang Rikako publicized a group on social media A photo of wearing a kimono to commemorate joining the ranks of adults.

This group of photos quickly received more than 100,000 likes, nearly 7,000 reposts, and more than 1,000 comments.

This 20-year-old girl has received honour and applause that her peers have never had before, suffered ailments and despair that her peers could not imagine, and experienced the rebirth of Nirvana that is difficult for ordinary adults to achieve.

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Pictures posted by Chijiang Rikako on social media

She said with emotion:”Today, I can spend my adult day safely, and a year ago, I met A situation I never thought of. As a new adult, I will try my best to become a highly conscious person and a strong athlete.”

Ikee Rikako was born in Tokyo on July 4, 2000, at the age of 14 Participating in the national championship was qualified to participate in the world championship, becoming the first middle school student in Japan to qualify for the world championship in 15 years. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, she participated in 4 individual events and 3 relay events. Although she did not win a medal, no one doubted that a future star would soon burst out of the blue pool.

Sure enough, the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games became the stage for the rise of Chijiang Rikako. She won 6 golds and 2 silvers, becoming the first swimmer in history to win 6 golds at the Asian Games. The Olympic Council of Asia was named the”Most Valuable Athlete” of this Asian Games and became the first female athlete to win the award. At that Asian Games, people not only remembered a star athlete, a delicate Japanese girl, but also remembered her rhetoric after the game:”I didn’t feel the physical boundary, only played 75%.” /p>getInterUrl?uicrIvZQ=0d4210b0c3fc401862fc1c9ff7e293d0 - She won the most important competition in her life-remember the famous Japanese swimmer Chijiang Rikako

On August 24, 2018, Chijiang Rikako at the awards ceremony of the Jakarta Asian Games. Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Fei Maohua

In front of her, there is a superstar road covered with flowers. By the end of 2018, she had won 16 gold medals in various international competitions, 9 silver medals, and 8 bronze medals, breaking dozens of various records.

However, misfortune came suddenly. On February 12, 2019, Chijiang Lihuazi revealed on social media that she has been diagnosed with leukemia and will suspend participating in swimming competitions in the future and concentrate on recovering from the illness.

The treatment process is difficult, but Chijiang Lihuazi has shown extraordinary perseverance and faces the illness with a smile at all times. She occasionally reveals some details of her life during the treatment period to fans. For example, on her birthday, she said:”I am 19 years old today. During the treatment period, I cannot eat fresh cream. When I go home, I will definitely eat a delicious piece of cream. Fresh cream cake.”

When she saw the treatment program on TV, she would also share it. While cheering herself up, she also encouraged other patients:”I saw a lot of people and diseases on TV. Fighting has given me a lot of courage. Despite the pain, I hope everyone can get better little by little.”

December 17, 2019 is a special day After 10 months of treatment, Chijiang Lihuazi was discharged from the hospital.

The long hair is gone, only short hair with ears is left; the body’s illness is cured, and the new crown pneumonia epidemic that has swept the world has arrived. The Tokyo Olympics, which will be held at the doorstep of the home, were postponed for one year, and Japan was also declared a state of emergency.

It seems hopeless to participate in the Tokyo Olympics, but Chijiang Rikako has begun a long road to recovery. She has also become a spokesperson for the Tokyo Olympics, which was plagued by the epidemic.

July 23, 2020, is the first anniversary of the postponed countdown to the Olympic Games. The lights in the New National Stadium in Tokyo are dim, and Rikako Chie, wearing a white dress, walks to the middle of the grass. I set up an Olympic flame lamp and began to recite deeply:”We are now living in a turbulent world. I sincerely hope that life can return to calm as soon as possible. Sports bring people the power of courage and unity… I believe that a year later, the torch of hope can Light up this venue.”

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On July 23, 2020, at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium, Japan, Rikako Ikee spoke at the commemorative event. Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Du Xiaoyi

One month later, Chijiang Rikako made a comeback at the Tokyo Special Swimming Tournament. Although in the 50m freestyle, she only swam in 26.32 seconds, but after bidding farewell to the pool for 594 days, she finally returned to her beloved stadium . In October, she played again in the 50-meter freestyle in the Japanese University Intercollegiate Championship, raising her time to 25.62 seconds, ranking fourth.

Chijiang Rikako’s original goal was to fight for Paris to return to the Olympics in 2024, but because of the postponement of the Olympics and the slow recovery of her body, she hopes to consider rushing to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.

Entering 2021, Chijiang Rikako announced that the first competition he will participate in is Kusuke Kitajima Span> Cup swimming competition, the competition will be held at the Tokyo Olympic swimming competition venue Tokyo Tatsumi International Aquatic Center. This brand new stadium was opened in October last year. At the grand opening ceremony, Chijiang Rikako performed in the swimming pool as a guest athlete.

“I hope to do it step by step, without being bound by the next goal,” she said.

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On August 24, 2018, Chijiang Rikako, who participated in the Jakarta Asian Games, celebrated after the game. Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Fei Maohua

In fact, she has no restrictions. In 2019, in the 10 months away from the swimming pool, she won the most important game in her life, defeated one of the most terrible opponents, and won a gold medal far more precious than the Olympic gold medal.

Text editor:Ding Wenxian

New media editor:Wu Junkuan

Issue:Liang Jinxiong

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