Martina van Berkel

Martina Eva van Berkel (born January 23, 1989 in Bülach) is a Swiss swimmer, who specialized in butterfly events.[1][2] She currently holds several Swiss records in the 100 and 200 m butterfly.[3] Van Berkel also trains for the Limmat Sharks in Zurich under her personal coach Dirk Reinicke. She is the sister of one of the nation's prominent triathletes Jan van Berkel, who forged and motivated her to compete internationally in swimming.[1]

Martina van Berkel
Personal information
Full nameMartina Eva van Berkel
Nationality  Switzerland
Born (1989-01-23) 23 January 1989 (age 31)
Bülach, Switzerland
Height1.66 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Weight54 kg (119 lb)
ClubLimmat Sharks[1]
CoachDirk Reinicke[1]

Van Berkel qualified for the women's 200 m butterfly at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, by blasting a Swiss record and clearing a FINA B-standard entry time of 2:09.68 from the World Championships in Shanghai, China.[4][5] She challenged seven other swimmers on the second heat, including defending Olympic bronze medalist Jessicah Schipper of Australia. Van Berkel raced to seventh place by exactly three seconds behind Canada's Audrey Lacroix in 2:12.25. Van Berkel failed to advance into the semifinals, as she placed twenty-fifth overall in the preliminaries.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b c d "Martina van Berkel". London 2012. Archived from the original on 18 May 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Martina van Berkel". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2 July 2017. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Martina van Berkel schwimmt Schweizer Rekord" [Martina van Berkel swims Swiss record] (in German). Schweizer Radio DRS. 23 October 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
  4. ^ "2011 FINA World Championships (Shanghai, China) – Women's 200m Butterfly Heats" (PDF). Omega Timing. Retrieved 22 April 2013.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Qualifying Athletes – Women's 200 m butterfly" (PDF). FINA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 November 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  6. ^ "Women's 200m Butterfly Heat 2". London 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  7. ^ "Schweizer Schwimmer ohne Chance auf Halbfinaleinzug" [Swiss swimmer with no chance of semis] (in German). Berner Zeitung. 31 July 2012. Archived from the original on 16 June 2013. Retrieved 20 April 2013.

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