• October 1st, 2018

    Swimmers Leave Bodrum Happy

    9th International Arena Aquamasters Swimming Championships, gathering more than one thousand swimmers in Bodrum, concluded with great success.

    The ninth edition of the event is hosted by Bodrum Municipality in cooperation with the Turkish Swimming Federation and the Muğla Provincial Directorate of Youth Services and Sports, under the auspices of Governorship of Muğla. The Championships is title-sponsored by the world leading water sports brand Arena and supported by the brand’s Turkish distributor Sportive. Increasing the number of participants in each event, 9th Arena Aquamasters Swimming Championships brought over one thousand swimming passionates from various countries together in Bodrum, welcomed by Hapimag Sea Garden Resort.

    Aiming to spread the compassion of nature, sea and swimming within everyone aged from 7 to 70, the Championships have involved a total of 12 thousand people up to now. The first day in Bodrum saw the Profilo Full Moon Meet, the Arena Aquakids Swimming Event, a race for kids named after Arena for the first time, and the Profilo Open Water Endurance Half Marathon. Hapimag Marathon at a distance of 10km and 4x500m Relay Meet followed on the second day. The event concluded with the two-stage Peugeot Open Water Swimming Championship, held over 1.5km and 3km. Besides the swimming races, the participants also enjoyed several activities incorporated in the Championships.

    Timing services in the 9th International Arena Aquamasters Swimming Championships were provided by Depar Timing. The women’s division of the 500m long Profilo Full Moon Meet was won by Hilal Zeyneb Saraç in 5:52, and Tolga Öcal was the winner on the men’s side with 5:26. The Guest of Honour of the event, Carina Bruwer, was victorious in the 5km Profilo Open Water Endurance Half Marathon with 1:19:56, where Oleg Astanin became the first male finisher in a time of 1:15:06. The women’s winner of Hapimag Marathon on the second day was again Carina Bruwer with 2:44:58 and Emrah Özsevim with 2:33:03. In the Peugeot Open Water Swimming Championship, Pınar Arpınar Avşar and Halim Lafci were top finishers in women’s and men’s races in 25:47 and 22:42 respectively, 3km titles went to Deniz Kayadelen with 47:05 in the women’s race, and to Oleg Astanin in men with 41:05.

    International Arena Aquamasters Swimming Championships is held three times a year following the inclusion of Istanbul in August 2018 after Marmaris and Bodrum.

  • September 18th, 2018

    Alanya Triatlon Returns To The Stage

    After a year of interruption after the successful edition in 2016, Alanya Triathlon is set to host the Triathlon European Cup on 22-23 September.

    Alanya, the scene of the most triathlon events staged in Turkey, reclaims its place on the calendar of the European Triathlon Union (ETU). Along with the European Cup Seniors and European Cup Juniors races, the event will welcome the Turkish Triathlon Finals on 22-23 September with a quite high number of participants. The junior and elite women races on the focus will be held on Saturday, 22 September, and the junior and elite men will compete on Sunday, 23 September.

    Timing services at the Triathlon European Cup will be provided by Depar Timing. Detailed information on the event is available at

  • September 16th, 2018

    Amazing Record In Marathon

    Eliud Kipchoge shaved more than a minute off the world record time in Berlin. The Kenyan crossed the finished line in 2:01:39.

    Berlin Marathon, one of the top events timed by the ChampionChip, saw a record pace from the gun set by Kipchoge. The 34-year-old was already 9 seconds ahead of his closest chaser Wilson Kipsang at 5km when he passed through in 14:24. Two of the three pacemakers could no longer cope with the pace and left the course shortly after the 15km mark reached in 43:38. The final pacemaker, Josphat Boit, led Kipchoge through the halfway in 1:01:06. Following Boit’s withdrawal from the race at 25km, Kipchoge sped up to run the second half in 1:00:33, and broke the finish tape in a world record time of 2:01:39. The Olympic champion took one minute and 18 seconds off the previous world record 2:02:57, set by Dennis Kimetto on the same course four years ago. Amos Kipruto followed in 2:06:23, and Wilson Kipsang finished third in 2:06:48.

    Celebrating its 45th anniversary, Berlin Marathon also became the first marathon in history in which three women finished inside 2:19. It was Gladys Cherono of Kenya who won the race in 2:18:11. The Ethiopian duo Ruti Aga and Tirunesh Dibaba followed in 2:18:34 and 2:18:55 respectively.

    Having been the scene for the last seven men’s world record, Berlin Marathon continues to utilise the ChampionChip/MYLaps systems, offering the most stable and sound timing service that exists in the world. The system was the very first successful example of the transponder timing when it was used officially for the first time in the 1994 edition of Berlin Marathon, and it is still the world leader by a margin.

  • September 10th, 2018

    Rumkale To Host Swimmers

    The Open Water Swimming Races, as part of the Rumkale Water Sports Festival, is scheduled to be held on Sunday, 6 October.

    Gaziantep is set to welcome swimmers of all ages in the second edition of the Festival. The race embraces 12 age groups in both women and men, starting from 14-18 category with classifications up to over 70. The total number of the participants is limited to 400.

    Accommodation needs as well the domestic transfers of the participants will be covered by Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality, the organiser of the event. The Municipality also offers the participants a complimentary social programme including a visit to the famous Zeugma Mosaic Museum.

    The registration with the 2nd International Rumkale Water Sports Festival Open Water Swimming Race is processed via the website at Those who wish to participate in the event are required to fill an online form, which is to be printed and to be sent to the Municipality with other documents mentioned on the website no later than Monday, 17 September. The list of the qualifiers will be posted on the website on 18 September.

    The race will be held over a distance of 5km, and will start at 10:00 on 6 October. Timing services will be provided by Depar Timing.

  • September 4th, 2018

    New Era In Global Road Races

    IAAF made changes to the Label Road Races Regulations valid from next year. The new system includes a Platinum Label category.

    The classification of road races was first introduced by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in 2008 in order to ensure high standards in the world’s leading events. The system will run over three categories, Gold, Silver and Bronze, for the last time in 2019, and the top tier will be the “Platinum Label” starting from 2020. Organisers who wish to apply for a Platinum Label need to fulfil the required criteria in 2019. The criteria for the Platinum category comprises all those set for the Gold Label but additionally requires at least 15,000 finishers in the distance for which the application will be submitted. The regulations also include the condition of at least 5% of the finishers to come from foreign countries, a provision that was never sought in previous years.

    To be able to apply for an IAAF Label, each race must have a minimum of 6 men and 6 women elite athletes. The term “elite athlete” no more defines an athlete who achieved a certain performance at a single race. The IAAF will determine, and publish by the end of the year, the rankings of the current year based on a scoring system, and the athletes ranked 1 to 100 will have Gold status, 101 to 230 Silver, 231 to 400 Bronze throughout the following year. All athletes eligible for Gold status will need to apply, directly or via their representatives, for a “Gold Label Licence” with the IAAF. A precondition for obtaining a Gold Label Licence is the payment of an “Integrity Fee” to the Athletics Integrity Unit, an independent organisation that manages all threats to the integrity of the sport on behalf of the IAAF. Athletes with Gold Label status failing to obtain a Gold Label Licence, will be downgraded to Silver status.

    Races who seek an IAAF Label must send an application separately for each edition of the event. In 2018, four races from Turkey hold such labels. İstanbul Half Marathon in April and the Istanbul Marathon to be held in November were both granted Gold labels, and Darıca Half Marathon in October as well as the Mersin Marathon scheduled to December were granted Bronze labels.