Marina Kuč

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Marina Kuč (Serbian: Марина Куч; born June 20, 1985 in Essen) is a Montenegrin swimmer, who specialized in breaststroke events.[1] She is a two-time Olympian (2004 and 2008), and member of SG Essen until 2005 and from 2005 member of Düsseldorf SC 1898 club in Düsseldorf, Germany under head coach Torsten Petsch.[2]

Kuc made her official debut for Serbia and Montenegro at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. In the 100 m breaststroke, she placed twenty-second on the morning prelims. Swimming in heat three, Kuc stormed home with an easy triumph in a lifetime best of 1:11.27, holding off Turkey's Ilkay Dikmen by almost half the body length.[3][4] Three days later, in the 200 m breaststroke, Kuc failed to reach the top 8 final, as she finished her semifinal run with a slowest time of 2:31.77.[5][6]

At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Kuc competed only in the 200 m breaststroke as a member of the Montenegrin squad, since her nation became a newly independent state in 2006. She posted a FINA B-standard entry time of 2:32.59 from the World Championships in Melbourne, Australia.[7][8] She challenged seven other swimmers in heat two, including three-time Olympians Siow Yi Ting of Malaysia and Nicolette Teo of Singapore. She established a lifetime best of 2:31.24 to pick up a third seed by a 3.44-second deficit behind winner Siow. Kuc failed to advance into the semifinals, as she placed thirty-first overall in the prelims.[9]

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  1. ^ "Marina Kuč". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Schwimmen/Marina Kuc: Das große Kribbeln vor dem ersten WM-Start" [Swimming / Marina Kuc: The big tingling before the first World Cup start] (in German). WZ Newsline (Germany). 6 March 2007. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Women's 100m Breaststroke Heat 3". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 15 August 2004. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Thomas, Stephen (15 August 2004). "Women’s 100 Breaststroke Prelims: Aussies Hanson and Jones Qualify One-Two". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Women's 200m Breaststroke Semifinal 2". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 18 August 2004. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Thomas, Stephen (18 August 2004). "Amanda Beard Fastest Qualifier in 200 Breaststroke". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Olympic Cut Sheet – Women's 200m Breaststroke" (PDF). Swimming World Magazine. p. 72. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "2007 FINA World Championships (Melbourne, Australia) – Women's 200m Breaststroke Heats" (PDF). Omega Timing. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "Women's 200m Breaststroke Heat 2". Beijing 2008. NBC Olympics. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 

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