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Viktoria GÜNES
Sport Swimming
NOC Turkey   
GenderWomen
Born19 Jun 1998 in Poltava, UKR
Height1.85 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Other names
Viktoriya Solntseva
Residence
Istanbul, TUR
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Ukrainian
Higher education
Hospitality Management - Ozyegin University: Istanbul, TUR
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age seven in Poltava, Ukraine.
Why this sport?
"It was really hard to stay away from this sport. My mother is a swimming coach and my aunt is also a national swimmer. Therefore, swimming has always been in my life."
Club / Team
Enka SK: Istanbul, TUR
International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
Ukraine
General Interest
Awards and honours
She was named Swimmer of the Meet at the 2015 World Junior Championships in Singapore. (swimswam.com, 31 Aug 2015)

In 2012 she received the title of Master of Sport in Ukraine. (pluvane.net, 15 Aug 2013; 0532.ua, 27 Nov 2012)
Other information
TOUGH TRANSITION
In October 2021 she spoke about finding the transition from promising junior swimmer to senior competitor a difficult journey. "I had some tough years as the transition from junior to senior level is extremely challenging. I had ups and downs, I wanted things too badly and had to learn some lesson. I got some big help from a Hungarian coach Arpad Petrov, his support was invaluable to be able to find the right perspective. Now I'm swimming for the joy and stopped putting pressure on myself. I'm happy where I am now, and I try to go step by step but without any huge expectations." (fina.org, 07 Oct 2021)

FROM UKRAINE TO TURKEY
Born in Ukraine, she initially competed for her country of birth at international level, including at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. In March 2014 she and her family moved to Istanbul, Turkey. As part of the move she changed her name and switched nationality to compete for Turkey. "It was not easy to make the decision to come to Turkey, but it is good to be in Turkey. I feel like a more peaceful, happy and valuable person in Turkey." (np.pl.ua, 16 Apr 2021; onedio.com, 01 Aug 2016; swimvortex.com, 31 Mar 2015; sportclub-isd.com, 10 Dec 2014)

OTHER STUDIES
She has studied international relations at MEF University in Maslak, Turkey. (Facebook profile, 13 Apr 2020; MEF Universitesi Facebook page, 12 Aug 2018)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
22 2021 Tokyo, JPN 200m Individual Medley 2:14.41
13 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 8:10.96
Semifinal 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 100m Breaststroke 1:07.41
Semifinal 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 200m Breaststroke 2:23.49
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 400m Individual Medley 4:41.79
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Breaststroke 1:09.05
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 400m Individual Medley 4:46.01
Semifinal 2019 Gwangju, KOR 200m Individual Medley 2:12.40
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 200m Breaststroke 2:27.67
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 200m Breaststroke 2:28.68
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 400m Individual Medley 4:42.27
19 2017 Budapest, HUN 200m Individual Medley 2:13.56 
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 100m Breaststroke 1:10.30
Semifinal 2015 Kazan, RUS 200m Individual Medley 2:11.46
Semifinal 2015 Kazan, RUS 200m Breaststroke 2:24.01
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 50m Breaststroke 31.45
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Breaststroke 1:07.60
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Medley Relay  DSQ
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
5 2013 Barcelona, ESP 200m Breaststroke 2:23.01
6 2013 Barcelona, ESP 100m Breaststroke 1:06.81
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 50m Breaststroke 31.63
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 200m Individual Medley 2:15.11
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 100m Individual Medley 1:01.66
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 400m Individual Medley 4:40.67
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 200m Breaststroke 2:26.82
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 100m Breaststroke 1:07.39
8 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:41.25
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 50m Medley Relay  
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2021 Budapest, HUN 100m Breaststroke 1:08.83
Semifinal 2021 Budapest, HUN 200m Individual Medley 2:12.79
Heats 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
Heats 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
13 2018 Glasgow, SCO 400m Individual Medley 4:47.63 
Semifinal 2018 Glasgow, SCO 200m Breaststroke 2:27.14
6 2018 Glasgow, SCO 200m Individual Medley 2:12.17
Heats 2018 Glasgow, SCO 100m Breaststroke 1:09.70
Heats 2018 Glasgow, SCO 50m Breaststroke 32.05
Heats 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
5 2016 London, ENG 200m Breaststroke 2:23.40
Heats 2016 London, ENG 50m Breaststroke  DNS
6 2016 London, ENG 100m Breaststroke 1:07.83
Heats 2016 London, ENG 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2021 Kazan, RUS 400m Individual Medley 4:30.45
Semifinal 2021 Kazan, RUS 200m Breaststroke 2:22.18
3 2021 Kazan, RUS 200m Individual Medley 2:07.67
9 2021 Kazan, RUS 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:50.69
Heats 2019 Glasgow, SCO 200m Breaststroke 2:28.00
Heats 2019 Glasgow, SCO 400m Individual Medley 4:45.32
Heats 2019 Glasgow, SCO 100m Breaststroke 1:08.72
Heats 2019 Glasgow, SCO 200m Individual Medley 2:12.09
Heats 2019 Glasgow, SCO 100m Individual Medley 1:01.83
Heats 2019 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 50m Medley Relay  
Heats 2019 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay  
Heats 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 200m Individual Medley 2:12.40
Heats 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 100m Individual Medley 1:02.37
Heats 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 100m Breaststroke 1:09.14
Heats 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 200m Breaststroke  DNS
Heats 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 50m Breaststroke 32.12
3 2015 Netanya, ISR 100m Breaststroke 1:05.32
3 2015 Netanya, ISR 200m Breaststroke 2:19.73
6 2015 Netanya, ISR 50m Breaststroke 30.28
Heats 2015 Netanya, ISR 200m Individual Medley 2:12.61
8 2015 Netanya, ISR 100m Individual Medley 1:00.18
8 2015 Netanya, ISR 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:49.75
Heats 2015 Netanya, ISR 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:42.36
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
11 2021   Overall Ranking  
1 2021 Budapest, HUN 200m Breaststroke 2:22.23
4 2021 Budapest, HUN 400m Individual Medley 4:33.70
3 2021 Budapest, HUN 200m Individual Medley 2:08.94
  2021 Doha, QAT 200m Breaststroke  DNS
3 2021 Kazan, RUS 400m Individual Medley 4:32.64
2 2021 Kazan, RUS 200m Individual Medley 2:06.72
5 2021 Kazan, RUS 200m Breaststroke 2:22.74
4 2013 Eindhoven, NED 200m Breaststroke 2:19.50
7 2013 Eindhoven, NED 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:42.99