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The Life and Career of Japanese Backstroke Swimmer Aya Terakawa

Updated on September 1, 2018

Aya Terakawa Introduction and Her Early Career Success

Aya Terakawa may not be an athlete that some of us may recognize. But she has achieved much success in her career. Born on November 12, 1984, this female swimmer specializes in the backstroke. She has had a long swimming career. Back in 2001 during the World Aquatics Championships, Terakawa finished in 8th place. This was during the 200 meter backstroke event. The following year, she finished in a very respectable 2nd place for the same 200 meter backstroke event. This was during the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships. In 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens Greece, she finished in 8th place during the 200 meter backstroke event.


Aya Terakawa's Sucess in Japan

Aya Terakawa has also found success in her home country. In July 2009 at the age of 24, Terakawa established a Japanese record in the 50 meter backstroke event. This was during the long course championships. The time of her finish was 27.73. In the short course swimming championships, she established an Asian and Japanese record at the 50 meter backstroke event. She finished at a time of 26.40.


Backstroke swimmer Aya Terakawa reacts with emotion after winning the silver medal in the Women's 50 meter backstroke at the Swimming World championships in Shanghai in 2011.
Backstroke swimmer Aya Terakawa reacts with emotion after winning the silver medal in the Women's 50 meter backstroke at the Swimming World championships in Shanghai in 2011. | Source

A Few Interesting Facts About Aya Terakawa

At five feet and eight inches tall, Aya Terakawa is one of the tallest Japanese swimmers out there. She belongs to the club Mizuno Swim Team in Osaka, Japan. Terakawa is a graduate of Kinki University Law School in Osaka. Her hobbies are playing darts and diving.

A few more photos of Aya Terakawa

Aya Terakawa is happy after winning the bronze medal in London in 2012.
Aya Terakawa is happy after winning the bronze medal in London in 2012. | Source
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Aya Terakawa Career from 2011 Until 2013

As of this writing, Terakawa won a bronze medal in the Women’s 100 meter freestyle losing to Missy Franklin of the United States who won gold. In 2011 during the 14th World Swimming Championships in Shanghai China, Terakawa won a silver medal. Earlier this year, Terakawa also won the 100 meter backstroke at the Japan Open Swimming Championships. She finished with a time of 59.08. This finish marked the second fastest time of the year. And by doing so, Terakawa barely beat her countrywoman Shiho Sakai who finished in 2nd place.

As you can see, this talented swimmer has much to be proud of. She is also one of the prettiest athletes I’ve ever seen. In December 2013, Terakawa announced her retirement from swimming. She feels that she exceeded her own expectations. After failing to qualify for the Beijing Olympics, she was able to make it in 2012 for the London Games. That credit goes to coach Norimasa Hirai.

Aya Terakawa During a Photo Session for Mizuno Swimsuits

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