National swimmer bags gold medal at European Championships
Turkey’s Viktoria Zeynep Güneş claimed a gold medal at the 2021 European Short Course Swimming Championships on Nov. 2.
She won the gold in the women’s 400-meter medley with a time of 4:30.45 in Kazan, Russia.
With her victory, Güneş became the first Turkish athlete to win the gold medal in swimming at the European Championship, which will end on Nov. 7.
Many politicians, officials and athletes celebrated the success of the 24-year-old swimmer with social media posts they shared.
Güneş has been representing an Istanbul-based club named ENKA Spor for the last seven years, for which she won dozens of medals at various events.
The Ukraine-born athlete was the first swimmer from Turkey to qualify directly for the Olympics after her success in the 100-meter and 200-meter breaststroke as well as 200-meter and 400-meter mixed categories in 2015.
In the FINA Swimming World Cup 2021, Güneş won the gold medal at the 200-meter breaststroke race held in Hungary’s capital Budapest.