2011 09 10

Turkish swimmer sets new world record

A Turkish swimmer has set a new world record in 100 meters during the 13th European Masters Swimming Championship.

Serkan Atasay of Fenerbahce Sports Club clocked 00.56.17 to win the 100-meter butterfly event in the championship held in Yalta, Ukraine. Atasay also shattered Europe and World records in his course.

International Swimming Federation (FINA) has also presented a world record certificate along with a gold medal.

The previous record in the 100 butterfly belonged to Michael Ross of the United States with 00:56.43.



  • Heavy mist in Konya

    Fog blankets Seydisehir town as two hikers are seen on the top of Kupe mountain in Konya, Turkey on December 25, 2015.

  • Burst water pipe forms icy waterfall in Turkey’s Van

    A man takes a selfie as water sprayed meters into the air, freezing to form icicles after the freezing cold in the neighborhood of Muradiye led to the explosion of a water pipeline at the Sarimehmet Dam in Van, Turkey on December 25, 2015.

  • Winter in Turkey’s Bitlis

    A man walks on snow passing by trees of which the branches got frozen Bitlis province of Turkey on December 22, 2015.

  • SpaceX successfully lands its first reusable rocket

    A handout picture made available by SpaceX on 22 December 2015 shows SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket successfully landing upright at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, on 21 December 2015. Private space flight company SpaceX successfully returned a rocket to Earth following a satellite launch on 21 December after two earlier attempts failed.

  • Arda Turan meets Bill Gates

    Arda Turan of Barcelona and founder of Microsoft Bill Gates pose after the meeting between FC Barcelona Foundation and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Tokyo, Japan on December 16, 2015.


  • 5000 more licensed tourist guides

    The number of licensed tourist guides has risen to 12,517 in 2010, from 7,658 eight years ago. 

  • Government Takes Care of Traffic Accident Victims

    The government now covers all medical expenses of those injured in traffic accidents. 


The number of historical works renovated in the last 8 years

  • Investing in Farmers

    Turkey increased agricultural investments in the past 10 years from 1.8 billion TL to 9 billion TL.  

  • Record Growth in Technology Sector

    The Turkish technology sector grew 19.4% in 2010, closing the year with 17.5 billion TL revenue. 

  • World Leader in Transit Passengers

    Carrying 18 million passengers in the Asia-Europe transit corridor in 2010, Turkey saw the highest increase in transit passenger numbers in the world. 

  • Double-lane roads save 1525 lives

    The number of people who were killed in traffic accidents dropped to 4,041 in 2010 from 5,566 in 2000 thanks to 13,500 more kilometers of double-lane roads, which saved 1,525 lives a year on average. 

  • Every student has Internet Access

    Every school in Turkey now has ADSL internet connection.  

  • Public debt ratio lowest in Europe

    The ratio of Turkey’s public debt to national income has dropped to 28.2 percent from 61.4 percent 10 years ago.  

  • Scholarship to Returning Academics

    The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey now offers 3. 250 TL monthly scholarship to returning academics who complete their Ph.Ds abroad. 

  • Safranbolu Houses

    Safranbolu Houses, featured in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List, are being restored by the Housing Development Administration of Turkey. 

  • From Electricity Importer to Exporter

    Turkey increased electricity production from 31 thousand to 45 thousand megawatts in ten years and started selling electricity to Georgia, Syria and Greece.