Tag: Olympics

News - Turkey
Three-times Olympic champion Naim Süleymanoğlu dies aged 50  

Nicknamed ‘Pocket Hercules’, Turkish weightlifter Naim Süleymanoğlu was a unique, record-breaking athlete – the only man in history who snatch-lifted two-and-a-half times his body weight. The former World and Olympic Champion died yesterday, Saturday 18 November, at an Istanbul hospital where he was receiving treatment for cirrhosis of the liver. He was fifty years old. Süleymanoğlu […]

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Turkey ends Rio Games with 8 medals
 

The Rio Games concluded on Sunday with the Turkish Olympic team achieving modest success. The 103-strong squad won a gold, three silver and four bronze medals in four different sports – wrestling, weightlifting, taekwondo and athletics – leaving them 41st in the national medal table. Turkey’s sole gold came in wrestling. Taha Akgül (pictured below) […]

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Turkey wins a second silver medal at Rio
 

Turkish wrestler Rıza Kayaalp had to settle for second place after losing his bout with reigning Olympic champion Mijain Lopez of Cuba. Lopez dominated yesterday’s Greco-Roman 130-kilo wrestling final, winning 6-0. Kayaalp had gone into the Olympics with high hopes of winning a gold medal having beaten Lopez in last year’s World Championships. Turkey’s strongman […]

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Turkey wins first medal at the Rio Games
 

A weightlifter has taken Turkey’s first Olympic medal in Rio. Daniyar İsmayilov won silver in the men’s 69kg competition after lifting a combined weight of 351 kilos. He was beaten to the gold medal by China’s Shi Zhiyong, whose total was one kilo heavier. Kyrgyzstan’s Izzat Artykov took the bronze with a combined total of […]

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We remember: Turkey’s first Olympic medals at the Berlin Games, August 1936

Turkey has been a participant at the Olympic Games since 1908. The country won its first-ever Olympic medals at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany. The 48-strong Turkish Olympic team comprised 46 men and 2 women. They took part in 26 events encompassing 7 sports: basketball, cycling, equestrian, fencing, football, sailing, and wrestling. Turkey struck […]