İlkay Dikmen

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İlkay Dikmen
Personal information
Nationality TUR
Born (1981-02-02) February 2, 1981 (age 39)
Izmir, Turkey
Height166 cm (5 ft 5 in)
Weight60 kg (130 lb)
ClubFenerbahçe Swimming

İlkay Dikmen (born February 2, 1981 in Izmir, Turkey) is a Turkish female swimmer competing in the breaststroke events. The 166 cm (5 ft 5 in) tall sportswoman at 60 kg (130 lb) is a member of Fenerbahçe Swimming in Istanbul.[1]

She was born to Atilla and İlknur Dikmen in Izmir. She has a younger brother Eray.[2]

In 1992, she became the Turkish champion in her age group in the 100 m and 200 m breaststroke, the 100 m backstroke, the 100 m freestyle and the 200 m individual medley events. She swam in the swimming team of Fenerbahçe during the last two years of high school.[2]

After completing the high school in Turkey, she went to Champaign, Illinois, United States for university education.[3] Between 2000 and 2003, Dikmen swam for the University of Illinois' sports team Illinois Fighting Illini.[2] She contributed to her school's success and set also a school record in the 200-yard breaststroke event.[4]

Dikmen took part at the 100 m breaststroke and 200 m breaststroke events of the 2000 Summer Olympics and 2004 Summer Olympics. In July 2004, she carried the Olympic torch in Istanbul.[2]

At the European Short Course Swimming Championships 2005 held in Trieste, Italy, she set a national record in 200 m breaststroke with 2:27.98.[5]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Turkey
2000 Summer Olympics Sydney, Australia 23rd 100 m breaststroke 1:11.51
Summer Olympics Sydney, Australia 24th 200 m breaststroke 2:33.34
2001 Mediterranean Games Tunis, Tunisia 2nd, silver medalist(s) 100 m breaststroke 1:11.17
2nd, silver medalist(s) 200 m breaststroke 2:32.34
2004 Summer Olympics Athens, Greece 26th 100 m breaststroke 1:11.69
Summer Olympics Athens, Greece 19th 200 m breaststroke 2:32.69
2005 European Short Course Swimming Championships Trieste, Italy 11th 200 m breaststroke 2.27.98 NR
Mediterranean Games Almeria, Spain 4th 100 m breaststroke 1:11.77[6]
23rd Summer Universiade Izmir, Turkey 8th 100 m breaststroke 1:11.70[7]


  • 2003 Illinois Swimming Association Swimmer of the Year[8]


  1. ^ "İlkay Dikmen". Sports Reference/Olympic Sports. Retrieved 2012-11-23.
  2. ^ a b c d "Women's Swimming-Ilkay Dikmen". Fighting Illini. Retrieved 2012-11-23.
  3. ^ "Dream Big Profile: Ilkay Dikmen". Big Ten. Retrieved 2012-11-23.
  4. ^ "Illinois swims to third as Dikmen sets record". Illini HQ. 2001-11-18. Retrieved 2012-11-23.
  5. ^ "İlkay Dikmen'den Türkiye Rekoru" (in Turkish). Fenerbahçe. 2005-12-09. Retrieved 2012-11-23.
  6. ^ "İlkay Dikmen 'bronz'u kaçırdı". NTV-MSNBC (in Turkish). 2005-06-25. Retrieved 2012-11-23.
  7. ^ "Madalya alamadık" (in Turkish). Fenerbahçe. Retrieved 2012-11-23.
  8. ^ "Ilkay Dikmen Named ISA Swimmer of the Year". Fighting Illini. 2003-05-23. Retrieved 2012-11-23.