Former University of Nebraska at Omaha sprint standout Pinar Saka will be one of 49 athletes from Turkey competing in the 2012 Olympic Games.
Saka will compete in the 400 meters, an event she excelled at for the Mavericks. She is ranked 56th in the world with a time of 51.60 seconds and will be the first Turkish woman ever to compete in the event in the Olympics.
During her UNO career, Saka set the school indoor record in the 400 of 53.09 in 2009, the same year she set the school's outdoor mark of 53.69. Saka also owns UNO's top time in the 200 meters (23.93) and 600 yards (1:20.36) indoors. She also was a member of UNO's school-record 1,600-meter relay indoors team and its school-record outdoor relay teams in the 400, 1,600 and sprint medley.
Saka was an eight-time All-American and a national champion indoors in the 400 meters and 1,600 relay in 2009.