Track Beauty of the Week: Megumi Kinukawa 絹川 愛

Megumi Kinukawa 絹川 愛 is this week’s track beauty!

Kinukawa was a talented youngster. As a high school senior, she competed at the 2007 Osaka World Championships, reaching the 10,000m run final. She finished in 14th place, clocking 32:45.19 – more than a minute slower than her then personal best of 31:35.27.


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According to a report translated by Japan Running News, the promising Japanese succumbed to a series of illnesses and a stress fracture. Prior to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, she caught an unknown, flu-like virus, ruining her dreams of a maiden Olympic appearance.

Read: “A Tough Road to Complete Recovery”

She has been sidelined by her frail condition for two years. In 2010, however, she returned to top level competition but was hard-pressed to replicate her razor sharp form. She finally barged into national consciousness again in 2011, wresting the Japanese 5,000m run title. Four years since Osaka, Kinukawa made a return to the World Championships in Daegu.

Additional links:

Wikipedia profile

JAAF profile


2 responses to “Track Beauty of the Week: Megumi Kinukawa 絹川 愛

  1. Saturnino Salazar January 22, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    ok, very inspiring. nice post.

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