EARLY YEARS
 

Derya's career started with a bang when he broke many record when he was nine years old. He first joined the  Turkish  National Team at the age of nine, for Balkan Age Group Championships in Bulgaria. He competed with 12 year olds and won a bronze medal in 100 butterfly. It was the first sign that he was going to revolutionize the sport of swimming in Turkey and accomplish feats that had never been imagined in country before. After his first medal, he dominated Balkan Championships, in Age Group a Junior levels until the mid 1990s. He won 2 golds in 1986, 5 golds in 1987, 5 golds in 1988, 5 golds in 1989, 3 golds in 1990, and 5 golds in 1991. He also broke many Turkish National records as well as Balkan Records during this timeframe.

 
 
CHILDHOOD 
 
Derya's childhood was pretty ordinary, except the part when he started the sport of swimming. When he was at the age of five, he usually went to his grandparents during the summer... more
 
EARLY YEARS 
 
Derya's career started with a bang when he broke many record when he was nine years old. He first joined the Turkish National Team at... more
 
GOING TO USA 
 
He and his family did their best to keep improving but it was getting harder since he was ahead of everyone else in swimming, including... more
 
         
EDUCATION 
 
Derya took his education very seriously. He took the hard way and also excelled in his education. Below are his education highlights... more
 
 
PROFESSIONAL CAREER 
 
Derya's career highlights:
First swimmer ever to make it to 6 Olympic Games individually
World Cup Championships- 3 Gold Medals... more
 
 
TV CAREER 
 
Derya has been very familiar with the spotlight and cameras since very early age, for his continuous success. He has been always on news and tv programs...more
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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