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Turkish Meet Adds To Trials Wave

Apr 14, 2013

Aliaksandra Herasimenia, the Belarus sprinter who once served a doping suspension but came back to make the podium in the 50 and 100 freestyle finals at London 2012, claimed three golds at Turkey's world titles selection meet that ended in Istanbul this weekend.

Herasimenia clocked 24.85 and 55.11 in the 50 and 100m free - the latter ahead of Elmira Aigaliyeva, of Kazakhstan, on 55.97 - and 28.28 in the 50m backstroke. Aigaliyeva clocked 59.40 in the 100m butterfly. Serbia's Caba Siladji took the 100 breaststroke in 1:01.96, teammate Ivan Lendjer on 54.30 at the helm of the 100m butterfly.

No Turkish swimmers made the FINA A cut form world titles this summer but there were a wave of B times in the mix, including Burcu Dolunay - 50 freestyle (25.94) and 100 freestyle (56.11); Dilara Gunaydin - 100 breaststroke (1:09.76); and Iris Rosenberger - 100 butterfly (1:00.88); among men, Doga Celik took a freestyle triple in 22.97, 49.71 and 1:50.44 over 50, 100 and 200m.