Ediz Yıldırımer

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Ediz Yıldırımer
Personal information
Nationality  TUR
Born (1993-10-25) October 25, 1993 (age 23)
Gölcük, Kocaeli Province, Turkey
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Weight 65 kg (143 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle
College team University of Georgia

Ediz Yıldırımer (pronounced [eˈdiz ˈjɯɫdɯˈɾɯmeɾ]; born October 25, 1993) is a Turkish freestyle swimmer competing particularly in the 800 m and 1500 m events. He represented his country at the 2008 Summer Olympics without advancing to the final. With his age of 14, he was the youngest ever Turkish athlete to take part at the Olympics.[1]

Early years[edit]

Born at Gölcük in Kocaeli Province, he began swimming at the age of six in Konya, where his family moved after the 1999 İzmit earthquake. He became there a member of Konya Firuze Swim Club, and was mentored in swimming techniques. Two years later, Yıldırımer returned to Kocaeli to join the cadets team.[2]


In 2003, Yıldırımer set a national record in 100 m freestyle of his age category at the Turkish Swimming Championships that was his first competition at national level.[2]

He accepted a scholarship offer from Tim Bauer, The Woodlands Swim Team's head coach.[2] In 2009, he went to the United States as a foreign exchange student, and continued his high school education there. He graduated 2012 from the John Cooper School in The Woodlands, Texas. During this time, he was a member of the school team and set many records and reached to a lot of swimming accomplishments.[3]

Yıldırımer won the gold medal in the 800 m event and the bronze medal in the 1500 m at the 2010 European Junior Swimming Championships held in Helsinki, Finland. In 2011, he repeated the same success at the European Junior Championships held in Belgrade, Serbia.

He was invited to participate in the 1500 m freestyle event at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[4]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2010 European Junior Championships Helsinki, Finland 1st 800 m freestyle 8:03.17 NR
3rd 1500 m freestyle 15:31.07
2011 European Junior Championships Belgrade, Serbia 1st 800 m freestyle 8:00.82
3rd 1500 m freestyle 15:25.71


  1. ^ bASSEY, oKAN uDO (2008-08-03). "Turkish Olympic athletes raring to take on the world". Today's Zaman. Retrieved 2012-07-03. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b c "Ediz Yıldırımer'e Çok Özel Sponsor" (in Turkish). Bizim Kocaeli. 2011-03-15. Retrieved 2012-07-04. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Spiess, Deb (2012-07-03). "Cooper alum headed to Olympics for Turkish team". Woodlands Online. Retrieved 2012-07-03. 
  4. ^ "Milli yüzücü Ediz Yıldırımer'e olimpiyat daveti". Haber7 (in Turkish). 2012-06-28. Retrieved 2012-07-03.