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Turkey´s Tazegül scores country´s first gold
1.       tunci
7149 posts
 10 Aug 2012 Fri 11:39 am

Turkey´s Tazegül scores country´s first gold

LONDON - Agence France-Presse - Hurriyet Daily

Servet Tazegul of Turkey (BLUE) celebrates his win over Mohammad Bagheri Motamed of Iran (RED) in the men´s -68kg Gold Medal Final the London 2012 Olympic Games Taekwondo competition, London, Britain, 09 August 2012. EPA/IAN LANGSDON

Servet Tazegul of Turkey (BLUE) celebrates his win over Mohammad Bagheri Motamed of Iran (RED) in the men´s -68kg Gold Medal Final the London 2012 Olympic Games Taekwondo competition, London, Britain, 09 August 2012. EPA/IAN LANGSDON


Servet Tazegül of Turkiye added Olympic gold to his world title as he clinched the men´s under-68kg category in the taekwondo competition on Thursday.
In beating Iran´s Mohammad Bagheri, the 23-year-old won his country´s first gold medal, and only their second of any colour, of this Games.
Terrence Jennings of the United States produced a head kick in the final second to beat Diogo Silva of Brazil for bronze.
And the final medal went to Afghan Rohullah Nikpah who upset home hope Martin Stamper 5-3 to claim his second career Olympic bronze following Beijing.
Tazegül´s victory over Bagheri was a repeat of the world final a year ago, and the outcome was the same: a one-point victory.
The first round was tight and cagey but the bout came alive midway through the second.
A flurry of scoring kicks saw Tazegül come out with a 5-3 lead and he held onto that despite a nervy finish in the third, triumphing 6-5.
There was one last moment of tension to overcome as Bagheri´s coach made a challenge, hoping to earn his fighter an equalizing point.

 He claimed Tazegül had stepped off the mat, which would have earnt him a penalty, but following a video replay it was confirmed he´d stayed inside and the gold medal was his.

Note : Well done Servet ! Helal olsun ! Finally we have gold !! The touching side of the story is that He dedicated this medal to his mother whom he lost just 2 months ago.


2.       tunci
7149 posts
 11 Aug 2012 Sat 12:18 pm


Turkey scores gold, silver in women´s 1500m

LONDON - Agence France-Presse -Hurriyet Daily

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Asli Cakir Alptekin led a shock 1-2 for Turkiye when she won the women´s Olympic 1500m on Friday in 4min 10.23sec, handing her country a first-ever gold medal in track and field.
European champion Alptekin, who served a two-year doping ban from 2004-2006, kicked for home and held her nerve for gold ahead of fast-finishing teammate Gamze Bulut.
Bulut, who also took European silver behind Alptekin in Helsinki and has improved her time in the event by almost 15sec this season, took silver in 4:10.40.
Bahrain´s Ethiopian-born import Maryam Jamal claimed bronze a further 0.34sec adrift.
The Turkish medal haul doubled the two silvers Ethiopian-born Elvan Abeylegesse won in the women´s 5000 and 10,000m in 2008.
Turkey´s two other Olympic track and field medals were bronzes won by Esref Apak in the men´s hammer in 2004 and Ruhi Sarialp in the men´s triple jump in 1948.
"We came here to take the gold and silver medals for this competition," said Alptekin, who was caught doping after racing in the steeplechase in the world junior championships in 2004.
"We wanted two medals and we got them. It´s like gaining two gold medals. Every athlete dreams of a medal in the Olympic Games. This is the Turkish power.
"I began athletics in the 1500m and when I came to junior level, the entry standard was so high that I tried steeplechase.
"Then my husband and coach said I am stronger in the 1500m so we made a choice to change." Bulut said she was happy to have clocked a personal best alongside her close friend Alptekin.
"I was not the favourite before this competition but I did run a 4:06 in qualification and 4:01 in the semi-final and now this is my personal best," she said.
"We take home two medals and I would like to say again, this is the Turkish power.
Of Alptekin, she said: "We are like sisters and we run every competition together." Jamal said she was satisfied to have gone two better than in the Beijing Games in 2008, the two-time world champion in 2007 and 2009 having suffered with a string of injuries in recent seasons.
"I´m really happy with the bronze position," said Jamal.
Originally known as Zenebech Tola, she moved to Lausanne in 2002 seeking Swiss citizenship but failed before turning to Bahrain.
"Four years ago I finished number five and now I´m number three so I´m happy.
"In my last 150m, I made a small mistake and bumped into Bulut so had to start my stride again." Jamal, who has raced only three races this season, added: "I have won a lot of medals throughout my career but this bronze medal is second to none."

Silver in taekwondo

Another happy news of the day came from Turkey´s Nur Tatar, who scored a silver medal in women´s taekwoando.

Tatar was battling for gold against her South Korean opponent.


Harika !!! Smile


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