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ÍZT▄RK Sevilay
Sport Para swimming
NPC Turkey   
GenderWomen
Age17
Place of BirthMoras, FRA
Height1.45 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S5, SB6, SM5
Further Personal Information
Residence
Kahramanmaras, TUR
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Turkish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming in 2009 in Kahramanmaras, Turkey.
Why this sport?
She was introduced to Turkish Para swimmer Beytullah Eroglu and began the sport as part of her rehabilitation. "Swimming is my lifestyle. I actually started swimming because I wanted to socialise. I did not know what it was and that I would have a future. I had a nice circle of friends after devoting myself to the sport."
Club / Team
Kahramanmaras Buyuksehir Belediyesi Genclik ve Spor Kulubu: Turkey
Name of coach
Ali Uzun, TUR
General Interest
Hobbies
Cycling, playing football. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Mehmet Fatih Kurt. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
Turkish Para swimmer Beytullah Eroglu. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Come out of your homes, participate in sports and make peace with life." (medium.com, 19 Aug 2017)
Milestones
At age 12 years and 287 days, she became the youngest athlete to represent Turkey at the Paralympic Games. She competed in the S5 50m butterfly event at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, placing eighth. (SportsDeskOnline, 18 Mar 2020; medium.com, 30 Sep 2016)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (milliyet.com.tr, 30 Oct 2020; sondakika.com, 25 Dec 2020)
Impairment
She was born without arms [bilateral congenital upper extremity agenesis]. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019, 15 Aug 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
8 2016 50m Butterfly S5 50.89 
8 2021 200m Freestyle S5 3:29.05
15 2021 100m Freestyle S5 1:42.73
7 2021 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:42.43
5 2021 50m Butterfly S5 45.81
3 2021 50m Backstroke S5 43.48
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2017 100m Freestyle S5 1:54.87
5 2017 50m Butterfly S5 50.14
6 2017 50m Backstroke S5 50.19
8 2017 50m Freestyle S5 50.34
Heats 2019 50m Freestyle S5 46.40
Heats 2019 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points  
8 2019 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:50.62
3 2019 50m Butterfly S5 47.35
8 2019 50m Backstroke S5  
Heats 2019 100m Freestyle S5 1:51.42
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
7 2018 200m Freestyle S5 3:51.70
4 2018 50m Backstroke S5 46.82
5 2018 50m Freestyle S5 46.82
7 2018 100m Freestyle S5 1:46.03
4 2018 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:53.41
2 2018 50m Butterfly S5 48.29 
3 2021 50m Freestyle S5 43.82
2 2021 50m Backstroke S5 44.46
2 2021 50m Butterfly S5 45.89
5 2021 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:47.60
4 2021 200m Freestyle S5 3:28.71
3 2021 100m Freestyle S5 1:39.94