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High-altitude Erzurum witnessed a spectacular performance in 11th of June. During 3rd edition of Sprint and Relay Cup 2017, the 17-year old girl from Ankara, Mizgin Ay broke double sprint records back-to-back.
It’s looking usual because of her rising level in two years, but there is an hidden achievement out there, possibly failed to notice by everybody. She completes the U18 records set in sprint events after she had only eluded one, the 200 metres outdoor.
Born in first day of the new millenium, Mizgin Ay has been ousted first time in Turkish athletics scene in 2015 summer. Then 15-year old diminutive sprinting teen catched all concerning looks on herself while she helps 4x100 relay record in U18 National Selection.
However, she emerged as a new sprinting hope at 2016 winter season in Ataköy Athletics Arena. Nearly race weekend, she improved her own performances in 60, 200 and 400 metres even she ran also record-breaking races in relays over 4x200 and 4x400 metres.
Mizgin had fully-raced season in 2016 as competing senior, junior and youth level continuously both club (Fenerbahçe) and National Team. She competed all level of 2016 Turkish Leagues as a premier sprinter - even she raced against ENKA Club’s Bulgarian star Ivet Lalova in Super League - also participated ECCC Senior and Junior Group A meetings. On the National Team vest, she grabbed four gold at the Balkan Juniors in Bolu, despite of her youth-level age (16) - some rivals three years older.
Beginning of this year, Mizgin nearly skipped all domestic indoor season except Istanbul Cup EA Permit Meeting in February 17. Even she might not have a start any race in 60 metres, she fired up 7.52 to broke U18 and U20 indoor record simultaneously while she finishes third after experienced International duo Hrystina Stuy and Inna Eftimova.
Now spending her final year of youth level, Mizgin is looking to World Champs final in Nairobi. Last year, she had enough self confidence after sprinting both 100 and 200 metres final in inaugural European U18 Champs in Tbilisi, Georgia.
In May, Mizgin Ay travelled to Baku with all-strong Turkish National Team for the Islamic Solidarity Games. Once again, she succesfully overcomes to busy programme (eight start in five days) as taking two bronze medal in 100 metres and 4x400 Relay.
Last but not least, Turkish sensation Ay clocked European U18 lead in 100 metres with 11.58, then lowered 200 metres U18 national record under 24 seconds for the first time.
All of this achievements showed us a emerging star is born for Turkish athletics. But still some problems on the paper: longevity. Most likely, biggest dilemma of Turkish professional sport in every kind. So, lots of emerging star in younger ages, mostly disappeared from the scene unless they’re not hitting age of twent, because of different reasons. Hopefully, not happened to Mizgin, tiny and speedy Ankara girl.
Text from Sevket F. Erbay for Atletizm Dunyasi