Turkey’s Merve Tuncel Cracks European Junior Record with 8:21.91 800 Free

2021 EUROPEAN JUNIOR SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

WOMEN’S 800 FREESTYLE – FINAL

  • World Junior Record: 8:11.00 – Katie Ledecky, USA (2016)
  • European Junior Record: 8:22.01 – Ajna Kesely, HUN (2018)
  • European Junior Championship Record: 8:29.19 – Giulia Salin, ITA (2019)
  • 2019 European Junior Champion: Giulia Salin (ITA)

Top 8:

  1. Merve Tuncel (TUR) – 8:21.91
  2. Beril Boecekler (TUR) – 8:33.52
  3. Giulia Vetrano (ITA) – 8:35.84
  4. Paula Otero Fernandez (ESP) – 8:35.85
  5. Bettina Fabian (HUN) – 8:40.53
  6. Leonie Maertens (GER) – 8:42.89
  7. Angela Guillen Martinez (ESP) – 8:43.03
  8. Aleksandra Khailova (RUS) – 8:50.28

In an impressive 1-2 finish for Turkey, 16-year-old Merve Tuncel took the women’s 800 free in 8:21.91, establishing a new personal best, and breaking the European Junior Record. The 8:21.91 marks a personal best for Tuncel by over 4 seconds, and came in exactly 1-tenth of a second faster than the previous European Junior Record, which was held by Hungary’s Ajna Kesely from the 2018 European Championships.

Here is a split comparison between Tunsel’s swim tonight, and Kesely’s previous record swim from 2018.

Splits Merve Tuncel – 2021 European Jr Championships Ajna Kesely – 2018 European Championships
50m 29.31 29.33
100m 30.92 31.06
150m 31.44 31.35
200m 31.27 31.40
250m 31.52 31.71
300m 31.32 31.57
350m 31.62 31.86
400m 31.59 31.58
450m 31.73 31.40
500m 31.71 31.22
550m 31.95 31.59
600m 31.50 31.40
650m 32.02 31.80
700m 31.60 31.57
750m 31.59 31.77
800m 30.82 31.40
Final Time 8:21.91 8:22.01

As the splits show, Tuncel started out slightly faster than Kesely, and stayed ahead of her pace until the 550m mark. Tuncel then fell 0.66 seconds behind Kesely’s pace at the 700m mark, before coming home faster.

With the swim, Tuncel is now the #9 performer in the world this year, and the #3 European performer this year. She’s also the 2nd-youngest swimmer in the top 10 in the world this year, behind only Katie Grimes, a 15-year-old American Olympian.

 

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Attis
1 year ago

What is up with Turkey’s swimming lately? They are on the podium more than ever.

TerryO
Reply to  Attis
1 year ago

When a country with a population of 82 million starts to invest in sports normaly

DNZ
Reply to  Attis
1 year ago

wait and see