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Aya TAKANO
Sport Swimming
NOC Japan   
GenderWomen
Born14 Mar 1994
Height1.65 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Languages
Japanese
Higher education
Sports Science - Doshisha University: Kyoto, JPN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began the sport at age four.
Why this sport?
She began swimming to help with her asthma.
International Debut
Year
2012
Competing for
Japan
General Interest
Hero / Idol
Japanese swimmer Haruka Ueda. (Swimming Magazine, 11 Apr 2013)
Awards and honours
She received the Osaka Sports Excellence Award in Japan in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. (pref.osaka.lg.jp, 19 Sep 2017; pref.osaka.lg.jp, 30 Sep 2016; pref.osaka.lg.jp, 16 Sep 2015; pref.osaka.lg.jp, 01 Oct 2014)

She was presented with the Excellence Award at the Kyoto Sports Awards in Japan, in both 2014 and 2015. (spogaku.pref.kyoto.lg.jp, 12 Apr 2016; spogaku.pref.kyoto.lg.jp, 04 Apr 2015)
Other information
RETIREMENT
In December 2020 she announced her retirement from the sport via Instagram. "I retired from swimming after the Japan Championships in December. There were many happy and painful things in my 20 years of swimming life, but I was happy to continue until this age with the support of many people who gave me a good environment. Thanks to the effort of everyone who fought with me, I was able to pursue my dreams." (Instagram profile, 28 Dec 2020)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2012 London, ENG 400m Freestyle 4:12.33
8 2012 London, ENG 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:56.73
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:50.43
8 2013 Barcelona, ESP 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:58.15
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:41.97
8 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 400m Freestyle 4:05.95 
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2018 Tokyo, JPN 200m Freestyle 1:56.61
7 2016 Tokyo, JPN 400m Freestyle 4:07.83
Asian Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2014 Incheon, KOR 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:58.43