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Merve TUNÇEL
Sport Swimming
NOC Türkiye   
GenderWomen
Born01 Jan 2005 in Ankara, TUR
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Languages
Turkish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up swimming at age four at Yenimahalle Municipality Sports Club in Turkey.
Club / Team
ENKA Sports Club: Turkey
Name of coach
Gjon Shyti [club]; Deniz Er Ayvaci [national]
Training Regime
"We have 11 training sessions a week. We train six days a week, two hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon. We swim about 14 kilometres a day, so we have a very heavy training pace."
General Interest
Awards and honours
She was named the 2021 Breakthrough Athlete of the Year at the National Athlete of the Year Awards in Turkey. (Instagram profile, 01 Oct 2021; Enka Spor Kulubu Facebook page, 30 Sep 2021)

She and fellow swimmer Berke Saka were Turkey's flag bearers at the opening ceremony of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 24 Jul 2021; dailysabah.com, 23 Jul 2021)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
19 2021 Tokyo, JPN 400m Freestyle 4:11.06
11 2021 Tokyo, JPN 1500m Freestyle 16:00.51
12 2021 Tokyo, JPN 800m Freestyle 8:25.62
13 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 8:10.96
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 800m Freestyle 8:25.02
Heats 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 400m Freestyle 4:07.39
Heats 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 200m Freestyle 2:01.04
Heats 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:59.49
Heats 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:49.31
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2022 Rome, ITA 800m Freestyle 8:24.33
7 2021 Budapest, HUN 400m Freestyle 4:10.97
Heats 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay  
7 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:44.02
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2021 Kazan, RUS 1500m Freestyle 15:50.36
6 2021 Kazan, RUS 800m Freestyle 8:17.12
6 2021 Kazan, RUS 400m Freestyle 4:02.47
Heats 2021 Kazan, RUS 200m Freestyle 1:59.85
Heats 2019 Glasgow, SCO 50m Butterfly 29.61
Heats 2019 Glasgow, SCO 200m Freestyle 2:00.22
Heats 2019 Glasgow, SCO 800m Freestyle 8:33.23
Heats 2019 Glasgow, SCO 400m Freestyle 4:09.69
Heats 2019 Glasgow, SCO 200m Butterfly 2:11.38