|Full name||Derya Büyükuncu|
July 2, 1976 |
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) (2012)|
|Weight||90 kg (200 lb) (2012)|
|College team||University of Michigan|
Derya Büyükuncu (pronounced [ˈdeɾja ˈbyjycˈundʒu]; born July 2, 1976 in Istanbul, Turkey) is a six-time Olympic backstroke and butterfly swimmer from Turkey. The 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) tall athlete at 90 kg (200 lb) is a member of Galatasaray Swimming. He is coached by his wife Zehra Büyükuncu.
He participated in six consecutive Summer Olympic Games: 1992 Barcelona, 1996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney, 2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing, 2012 London. He is the first swimmer and one of the two (together with Lars Frölander) swimmers to participate in six Olympic Games.
At the age of nine, Büyükuncu became a national swimmer, and won a bronze medal in the 12-year-age category at the 1985 Balkan Swimming Championships held in Bulgaria. At the 1987 Balkan Championships held in Izmir, he won five gold medals. He repeated his five-fold gold medal performance at the 1989 Balkan Championships in Greece. In 1990, he took three gold medals at the Balkan Junior Championships held in Romania.
Büyükuncu earned two gold medals at the 1991 European Junior Swimming Championships in Antwerp, Belgium. That year, he was named "Sportsman of the Year" by Milliyet. In 1992, he won the gold medal at the European Junior Swimming Championships held in Leeds, United Kingdom setting a new European juniors record. In so doing, he became the first ever Turkish swimmer to hold a European juniors record.
Büyükuncu set a Games record in the 200m backstroke event at the 1993 Mediterranean Games in France and won the gold medal. The same year, he won two gold medals at the U.S. Open in Ann Arbor, Michigan and broke the record in the 100 yard backstroke event, beating world champion and record holder Jeff Rouse. Setting a record in the 100 yard backstroke, that is as of 2012 still unbroken, and a record in the 100 yard freestyle, Büyükuncu won two gold medals at the 1994 U.S. High School Swimming Championships. In 1993, he was named the "Male High School Swimmer of the Year" by the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (NISCA) in the USA. He became the first ever Turkish swimmer to appear on the cover of Swimming World Magazine' in August 1994.
Between 1994 and 1998, Büyükuncu set University of Michigan records in the 100m backstroke, 200m backstroke and 100 m butterfly events. In that time span, he set Big Ten Conference records in 100m and 200m backstroke, and was named the "Most Successful Swimmer" of Big Ten Conference in 1996 and 1998.
In 1996, Derya Büyükuncu earned five gold medals at the 1996 Balkan Championships in Romania. He took the bronze medal at the 1997 Mediterranean Games in Bari, Italy. Winning a gold medal at the 1998 World Swimming Cup in Canada, he became the first ever Turkish swimmer to win an international competition.
In the 100m backstroke event, he earned a silver medal at the European Short Course Swimming Championships 1999 in Lisbon, Portugal and a bronze medal at the 2000 European Aquatics Championships held in Helsinki, Finland.
Derya Büyükuncu participated in 2010 at the Yok Böyle Dans, the Turkish version of Dancing with the Stars. In 2011, he took part in Survivor: Ünlüler vs. Gönüllüler, the Turkish version of Survivor and ended up winning.
- 1991 Milliyet "Sportsman of the Year"
- 1993 National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (NISCA) "Male High School Swimmer of the Year"
- 1998 "Most Successful Swimmer" of the Big Ten Conference
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- "An Even Half-Dozen: Derya Buyukuncu Set to Swim in Sixth Olympics for Turkey". Swimming World Magazine. 2012-06-21. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
- "'Yok Böyle Dans' için Şampiyona'ya katılmadı". Hürriyet Spor (in Turkish). 2012-12-22. Retrieved 2012-07-19.
- "Michigan All-Time Top Yards Performers". Big Ten Championships Guide. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
- "Swimming and Diving Records". University of Iowa. Retrieved 2012-07-19.
- Demirbilek, Celal. "Altın Yıl Yaşadık-1997'de 1134 madalya alındı. Ve 251 rekor kırıldı". Hürriyet (in Turkish). Retrieved 2012-07-19.
- "Germany, Sweden and Italy could celebrate "medal jubilees"". European Championships. 2009-12-09. Retrieved 2012-07-19.
- "European Championships July 4". Swimming World Magazin. Retrieved 2012-07-19.
- "13. Avrupa kısa kulvar yüzme şampiyonası İstanbul’da başladı-Türkiye rekoru kırıldı". Milli Gazete (in Turkish). 2009-12-11. Retrieved 2012-07-19.
- "Derya Büyükuncu: "Hiçbir zaman derece sözü vermedim"". HT Hayat (in Turkish). Retrieved 2012-07-19.
- "Derya Büyükuncu 6. kez olimpiyatlarda". CNN Türk (in Turkish). 2012-07-03. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
- "Cezayı yedi, tehdit etti". Hürriyet Spor (in Turkish). 2012-12-28. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
- "İşte Survivor'ın galibi". Sabah (in Turkish). 2011-06-21. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
|Flagbearer for Turkey