Turker Ayar Scores FINA A Cut At Islamic Solidarity Games

Photo Courtesy: Randam

BAKU, Azerbaijan — Texas A&M senior swimmer Turker Ayar earned a pair of gold medals and tallied a coveted FINA “A” qualifying time at the recent Islamic Solidarity Games at the Baku Aquatics Center.

Ayar, who was representing his home country of Turkey at the meet, was victorious in the 100-meter butterfly and with Turkey’s 400-meter medley relay. He won the 100 fly by more than a quarter of a second with a time of 52.75. In the semifinals, Ayar won his heat with a lifetime best time of 52.20, which was a Turkish national record and a FINA “A” cut, and it will likely earn him a spot at the FINA World Championships, which will be contested July 14-30 in Budapest, Hungary.

Ayar helped lead Turkey to a victory in the 400 medley relay with a butterfly split time of 53.10, which was the fastest of the day. Turkey won the 400 medley relay in 3:40.70, which was nearly three seconds faster than the runner-up foursome.

Press release courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics. 

You can find the full results of the swimming events from the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games here.

1 comment

  1. avatar
    Bill Bell

    The host nation’s Maxism Shemberyev had a fine meet himself, winning 809-1500 frees (7:54-plus/15:07-plus) along w/the 3200 fly (1;57.7) and the 400 IM (4:22.09) — all meet records.

    He is I believe a former Russian national team member and could be tough come Budapest.