Host nation Turkey dominates the pool at the Islamic Solidarity Games

Islamic Solidarity Games

The fifth edition of the Islamic Solidarity Games was supposed to take place in 2021, four years after the last Games in 2017. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic pushing the Olympics to 2021, the Games of Islamic Solidarity were delayed until this date. course

36 countries participated in the pool swimming competition, with Turkey sending the largest delegation of 36 athletes.

Medal Final Table

nation gold silver bronze total
Turkey 29 26 11 66
Kazakhstan 4 1 7 12
Uzbekistan 2 5 5 12
Algeria 2 1 0 3
Azerbaijan 1 1 1 3
Kuwait 1 1 0 2
Kyrgyzstan 1 0 2 3
Indonesia 0 2 12 14
Sudan 0 1 1 2
Cameroon 0 1 0 1
Uganda 0 1 0 1
Iran 0 0 1 1

Turkey dominated its home Games, winning more than half of the 120 total medals on offer. They also won 29 golds, which is 25 more than Kazakhstan, which had the second most gold medals. That’s 9 more medals than they won in 2017, where they topped the medal table with 57 in total.

The perfect example of Turkey’s dominance of the meet came on Night 1, when they won six of the seven golds on offer in the session.

At the other end of the spectrum, both Algeria and Indonesia fell through the rankings. In 2017, Algeria finished second in the standings with 5 golds and 10 medals in total. This year they only won 3 medals in total. A large part of this is due to the absence of Souad Cherouati, who swept the 400, 800 and 1500 freestyle at the last Games, but apparently hasn’t competed since the Tokyo Olympics. Likewise, Indonesia also won less than half the medals it won in previous Games. This year, they won 14 in total, 2 silver and 12 bronze. In 2017, they won 33 in total with 3 gold, 17 silver and 13 bronze.


The championship record book was rewritten; During the five days of the meeting, 19 Games records were broken. In addition, 17 new national records were set. With so many records falling, let’s take a look at some of the highlights.

The Iranians set nine new national records, including resetting all three relay records by wide margins. The team of Sina Gholampour, Samyar Abdoli, Ahreza Yavari Foroushanii Sohran in the morning lowered the men’s 4×100 free relay record by 3.66 seconds, touching in 3:22.46 to obliterate the mark of 3:26.12 that had stood since 2018. Foroushani was part of the 2018 relay team and made a big improvement, swimming 49.92 to cut 1.33 seconds off their split.

In addition to leading the 4×100 medley relay record, Abolfazl Sam broke the 100 and 200 backstroke records. In the 100, he touched in 56.42, bringing the record under 57 seconds for the first time. He broke the previous record, coming in well below the 57.74 that Jamal Chavoshifar set in 2016. In the 200, he roared to 2:04.91, breaking the old record of 2:06.81 that had stood since 2014.

Uzbekistan also set a new national record in the men’s 4×100 medley relay. Alexey Taransenko, Vladislav Mustafin, Eldorbek Usmanovi Khurshidion Tursunov posted 3:40.43, breaking the previous time by 1.90 seconds. They were off the pace at the 200-meter mark, but Usmonov split 53.12 in the fly and Tursunov 48.62 in the free to clear the record line in the back half.

On the part of women, Kirabo Namutebi he set his first Ugandan record in the 50 breaststroke. She swam 33.81 and placed fourth. This time cuts 0.81 off the previous record, which had stood since the 2014 Commonwealth Games. It is also the first Ugandan record set by a woman since the 2019 African Games.

The best swimmers of the meet


Emre Sakci i Yigit Aslan played a major role in Turkey’s medal tally. Sakci is primarily known as a sprint breaststroker as he holds the SCM 50 breast world record and indeed won the 50 breaststroke in a Games record of 27.36. But he also won the 50 freestyle and bronze in both the 100 freestyle and 100 breaststroke. He was also part of Turkey’s winning 4×100 freestyle relay, which set another Games record.

Aslan also set two Games records, one in the 400 freestyle (3:52.98) and as part of the men’s 4×200 free relay, where he split in 1:52.23. He also won silver medals in the 800 and 1500 freestyle, bringing his medal tally to 4, one behind Sakci’s 5.

Jaouad Syoud continued his good season; at the Arab Championships, he won five events, setting an Algerian record in the 200 breast. In Turkey, the 22-year-old continued to sweep the men’s IMs. Although he was a bit off going into the Arab Games in July, he still set a Games record in the men’s 200 MI, clocking 2:00.91.

from Uzbekistan Alexei Tarasenko has also been having a good season, setting lifetime bests in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyles. It was just about those times here, winning gold in the 100 freestyle in 49.54, just a few tenths off the national record of 49.35 she set in Budapest. He also won silver in the 200 freestyle, and bronze in the 50 freestyle. After competing in the NCAA at the University of Iowa for three seasons, Tarasenko transferred to Tennessee for his senior year and will use his fifth year of eligibility in the 2022-23 season.


Turkey dominated the women’s podiums, winning all but two events: the 50 breaststroke and the 50 butterfly. It’s hard to pick the highlights of this level of mastery, but there are three that stand out.

first, Merve Tuncel continued his rise to the international stage. Earlier this summer, he swept the 400, 800 and 1500 freestyle at the European Junior Championships. Two days before the start of the Games, the 17-year-old was at the European Championships, winning bronze in the 800 freestyle. In Rome, he swam 8:24.33, four seconds faster than he won at the Euro Juniors.

At these Games, he again swept the 400, 800 and 1500 freestyles, and also added the 200 freestyle. He set new games records in all of these runs. He was in a race against the clock for all four races, distancing himself from the rest of the field. That was most evident in the 800 free, where he won in 8:40.14, six and a half seconds ahead of second place. Deniz Ertan. He also won gold as part of the 4×100 and 4×200 free relays. In the latter, she was slower than the 2:02.09 she went on to win the individual race, but she still managed the field’s fastest split in 2:04.89.

He also won all his golds at the Games in record time Ekaterina Avramova, who swept all three back-to-back events. He won every event handily, even though he was in his best times. He also holds the national records in all three events. Here, he won by more than a second in the back 100, clocking in at 1:01.47.

Ertan is the third Turkish woman we feature here. Unlike Tuncel and Avramova, she did not win every event she competed in. However, he came away with a great medal and showed his versatility. Individually, she won silver in the 800 and 1500 freestyles and gold in the 100 butterfly and 400 IM.

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