Pınar Saka

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Pınar Saka
Personal information
Nationality Turkish
Born (1985-11-05) November 5, 1985 (age 31)[1]
Üsküdar, Istanbul, Turkey
Height 163 cm (5 ft 4 in)
Weight 53 kg (117 lb)[2]
Sport
Country Turkey
Sport Athletics (track and field) sprint
Event(s) 100 m, 200 m and 400 m
Club Enkaspor, Istanbul
Coached by Öznur Dursun
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • 100 m 11.93 (2003)
  • 200 m 23.97 (2003)
  • 200 m Indoor 23.90
  • 400 m 51.53 (2011) NR
  • 400 m Indoor 52.99 (2011) NR

Pınar Saka (born November 5, 1985 in Üsküdar, Istanbul, Turkey) is a Turkish female track running athlete in the sprint discipline competing in the categories 100 m, 200 m and 400 m. She is the Turkish national record holder for 400 m.[1]

She studied international business at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in the USA.[1] The 163 cm (5 ft 4 in) tall athlete at 53 kg (117 lb) is a member of Enkaspor in Istanbul, where she is coached by Öznur Dursun.[3]

Pınar Saka participated at the 2005 Mediterranean Games in Almería, Spain in the categories 4x100 m relay, 400 m and 4x400 m relay. She ran bronze medal in the 4x400 m relay in 3:40.75 with her teammates Birsen Bekgöz, Özge Gürler and Binnaz Uslu.[4]

In 2011 Pinar Saka won the silver medal at the 26th Summer Universiade in Shenzhen together with a team consisting of Nagihan Karadere, Merve Aydın and Meliz Redif, clockıng the time 3.31.05.

Saka qualified for participation in the 400 m event at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[3]

She is doing her MBA degree at Bogazici University in Istanbul.[3]

Doping[edit]

Pınar Saka was in 2013 sanctioned as a result of abnormalities detected in her biological passport. She was disqualified from 18 June 2010 and got three years ineligibility ending 23 May 2015.[5]

Achievements[edit]

Her personal best performances are:[1]

  • 100 m 11.93 (2003)
  • 200 m 23.97 (2003)
  • 200 m Indoor 23.90
  • 400 m 51.53 (2011) NR[6]
  • 400 m Indoor 52.99 (2011) NR[7][8]

NR: Turkish national record

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "2008-09 Women's Track and Field Roster". Official Site of University of Nebraska at Omaha Athletics. Retrieved 2010-05-15. 
  2. ^ "Saka Pinar". IAAF. Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
  3. ^ a b c "Sporcular/Atletizm-Pınar Saka" (in Turkish). Gençlik ve Spor Bakanlığı-Türk Sporcular 2012 Londra Olimpiyatlarında. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  4. ^ Aydın, Mert (2005-07-03). "Elinize sağlık-Atletizmde de 2 bronz". Sabah (in Turkish). Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  5. ^ "Athletes currently suspended from all competitions in athletics following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation as at: 26.06.14" (PDF). iaaf.org. IAAF. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "REKORLARLA BİTTİ" (in Turkish). www.yeniasir.com.tr. 2011-05-22. Retrieved 2011-05-23. 
  7. ^ "400 Metres Dash Results". www.directathletics.com. 2011-02-11. Retrieved 2011-02-18. 
  8. ^ "Pınar Saka’dan Türkiye Rekoru: 52.99!" (in Turkish). www.sporstudyosu.com. 2011-02-14. Retrieved 2011-02-18.