Gülşah Günenç

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Gülşah Günenç
Personal information
Full name Gülşah Günenç
National team  Turkey
Born (1985-01-05) 5 January 1985 (age 33)
Istanbul, Turkey
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight 60 kg (132 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Butterfly
Club Galatasaray S.K.
College team Ohio State University (U.S.)
Coach Jeanne Fleck (U.S.)

Gülşah Günenç (born January 5, 1985) is a Turkish former swimmer, who specialized in butterfly events.[1] She represented Turkey in two editions of the Olympic Games (2004 and 2008). She broke two Turkish national records in both 100 and 200 m butterfly at the 2006 FINA World Championships (SC).[2] Gunenc is also a member of the swimming team for Galatasaray Sports Club in her native Istanbul, and for the Buckeyes at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

Gunenc made her first Turkish team (aged 19) at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, competing in a butterfly double. On the first day of the competition, she had been battling with fever to race smoothly for third and thirty-fifth overall behind fastest entrant Cheng Wan-jung of the Chinese Taipei and leader Kateryna Zubkova of Ukraine by more than a second in heat one of the women's 100 m butterfly, finishing with a mark of 1:04.30.[3][4] Three days later, in the 200 m butterfly, Gunenc tried to hold on with Singapore's two-time Olympian Christel Bouvron throughout the race in heat one to finish sixth and thirty-first on the morning prelims at 2:20.17.[5][6][7]

At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Gunenc qualified for the second time in the women's 200 m butterfly by eclipsing a FINA B-standard of 2:15.32 from the Toyota Grand Prix four months earlier in Columbus, Ohio.[8][9] Swimming in heat one, Gunenc set a Turkish record in a tech bodysuit at 2:14.44 to chase Norway's Ingvild Snildal for second place by just a fingertip (0.09 seconds), but failed to advance to the semifinals with a thirty-second overall finish.[10][11]

Gunenc received a triple-major business degree at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, despite her early English language problems and transitional adjustments to American culture. Shortly after the Olympics, she eventually retired from swimming to pursue her master's degree in economics, while attending graduate school at UC Santa Barbara in California.[5]

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  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Gülşah Günenç". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ohio State's Gulsah Gunenc Breaks Turkish Records at Championships". Ohio State Buckeyes. 3 May 2006. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Women's 100m Butterfly Heat 1". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 14 August 2004. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Thomas, Stephen (14 August 2004). "Women's 100 Butterfly Prelims: Petria Thomas Fastest Through to Semis – One Full Second Ahead of Inky". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 28 December 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Rabinowitz, Bill (14 July 2008). "Former OSU swimmer is an Olympic two-timer". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Women's 200m Butterfly Heat 1". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 17 August 2004. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  7. ^ Thomas, Stephen (17 August 2004). "Women's 200 Butterfly Prelims, Day 4: Jedrzejczak Fastest. Nakanishi, Risztov, Sandeno and Thomas All Qualify". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 3 December 2005. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "Olympic Cut Sheet – Women's 200m Butterfly" (PDF). Swimming World Magazine. p. 78. Retrieved 15 December 2015. 
  9. ^ Svoboda, Jeff (6 June 2008). "Olympic Digest: Gulsah Gunenc". Ohio State Buckeyes. Retrieved 15 December 2015. 
  10. ^ "Women's 200m Butterfly – Heat 1". NBC Olympics. Archived from the original on 21 August 2012. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  11. ^ "More misery for Turkish Olympic team". Hürriyet Daily News. 13 August 2008. Retrieved 15 December 2015. 

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