Turkey to take part in Tokyo 2020 Games with pride of being Olympic medalist
Heading into the 2020 Summer Olympics in the Japanese capital, Turkish participants will look to add to the country’s total of 91 medals, won by 73 athletes.
The 32nd Summer Olympics, which should have been held last year under normal conditions but have been postponed until this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, are scheduled to start on July 23 and run through August 8 in Tokyo.
Turkey will look to win medals with 108 athletes competing in 18 different branches at the games.
The Tokyo Olympic Games will be the 23rd organization with the participation of Turkey.
Turkey won 39 gold, 25 silver and 27 bronze medals in these organizations.
First medal won in wrestling
Turkey won their first medal in Olympic history in wrestling.
Turkish athletes, unable to win any medals in the first four Olympic Games they competed in, experienced their first medal pride at the 1936 Games in Berlin.
National wrestler Ahmet Kirecci became the first athlete to step onto the podium on behalf of Turkey with bronze.
Wrestling was also the branch which won Turkey its first gold medal in history at these games in 1936.
Wrestler Yasar Erkan achieved another success by winning the gold medal in the 61 kilogram freestyle.
First medal for women in 1992
A Turkish athlete first won an Olympic medal in 1992.
Hulya Senyurt won bronze for Turkey in judo.
The first gold medal for a Turkish athlete was won at the 2004 Summer Olympics.
Nurcan Taylan placed first in weightlifting at the games held in Athens, making history as Turkey’s first female gold medalist.
Most successful branch: Wrestling
Turkey’s most successful branch of the Olympics is wrestling.
The wrestlers won 63 of the 91 medals won by Turkish athletes.
They managed to bring home 29 gold, 18 silver and 16 bronze medals for Turkey.
In addition, Turkish athletes have won 11 medals in weightlifting, seven in taekwondo, five in boxing, three in track and field and two in judo.
Gold medal series from Naim Suleymanoglu, Halil Mutlu
Turkish weightlifters Naim Suleymanoglu and Halil Mutlu, who won three gold medals each, have gone down in history as the most podium-climbed athletes.
Suleymanoglu took his place at the top three consecutive times in Seoul in 1988, Barcelona in 1992 and Atlanta in 1996, writing his name in Turkish and world sports history in letters of gold.
Mutlu repeated Suleymanoglu’s success, winning gold medals at the Games in Atlanta in 1996, Sydney in 2000 and Athens in 2004.
85 medals for men, 6 for women
Turkish female athletes won six Olympic medals, while their male counterparts won 85 of the country’s total.
Turkish female athletes won one gold, two silver and three bronze medals in total.
Nurcan Taylan (weightlifting-gold), Azize Tanrikulu (taekwondo-silver), Nur Tatar (taekwondo-silver-bronze), Hulya Senyurt (judo-bronze) and Hamide Tosun (taekwondo-bronze) received the medals.
Throughout the country’s history, 73 of its athletes have experienced the joy of winning medals on behalf of Turkey at the Olympics.
The pride of Turkey with Olympic medals
Turkish athletes who won medals for Turkey at the Olympics and their branches are:
Gold medals (39):
Olympic branch athlete
1936 Berlin Wrestling Yasar Erkan
1948 Wrestling in London Yasar Dogu
1948 Wrestling in London Nasuh Akar
1948 London Wrestling Mersinli Ahmet Kirecci
1948 Wrestling in London Mehmet Oktay
1948 London Wrestling Gazanfer Cale
1948 Wrestling in London Celal Atik
1952 Wrestling in Helsinki Hasan Gemici
1952 Helsinki Wrestling Bayram Sit
1956 Melbourne wrestling Mustafa Dagistanli
1956 Wrestling in Melbourne Mithat Bayrak
1956 Wrestling in Melbourne Hamit Kaplan
1960 Roma Wrestling Tevfik Kis
1960 Roma Wrestling Muzahir Sille
1960 Roma Wrestling Mustafa Dagistanli
1960 Rome Fight Mithat Bayrak
1960 Roma Wrestling İsmet Atli
1960 Roma Wrestling Hasan Gungor
1960 Roma Wrestling Ahmet Bilek
1964 Tokyo Wrestling Kazim Ayvaz
1964 Wrestling in Tokyo Ismail Ogan
1968 Mexico City Wrestling Mahmut Atalay
1968 Mexico City Wrestling Ahmet Ayik
1988 Seoul Weightlifting Naim Suleymanoglu
1992 Barcelona Weightlifting Naim Suleymanoglu
1992 Barcelona Wrestling Mehmet Akif Pirim
1996 Atlanta Weightlifting Naim Suleymanoglu
1996 Halil Mutlu Halil Mutlu Weightlifting Atlanta
1996 Atlanta Wrestling Hamza Yerlikaya
1996 Atlanta Wrestling Mahmut Demir
2000 Halil Mutlu Weightlifting Halil Mutlu in Sydney
2000 Sidney Wrestling Hamza Yerlikaya
2000 Sydney Judo Hüseyin Ozkan
2004 Athens Halil Mutlu weightlifting
2004 Athens Weightlifting Taner Sagir
2004 Athens Weightlifting Nurcan Taylan
2008 Wrestling in Beijing Ramazan Sahin
2012 London Taekwondo Servet Tazegul
2016 Rio Wrestling Taha Akgul
Silver medals (25):
Olympic branch athlete
1948 Wrestling in London Muhlis M. Tayfun
1948 Wrestling in London Kenan Olcay
1948 Wrestling in London Halit Balamir
1948 Wrestling in London Adil Candemir
1956 Melbourne wrestling Riza Dogan
1956 Melbourne Wrestling Ibrahim Zengin
1960 Roma Wrestling Hamit Kaplan
1960 Roma Wrestling İsmail Ogan
1964 Wrestling in Tokyo Ahmet Ayik
1964 Tokyo Wrestling Hasan Gungor
1964 Wrestling in Tokyo Huseyin Akbas
1972 Munich Wrestling Vehbi Akdag
1988 Seoul Wrestling Necmi Gencalp
1992 Wrestling in Barcelona Kenan Simsek
1992 Wrestling in Barcelona Hakki Basar
1996 Atlanta Boxing Malik Beyleroglu
2004 Athens Wrestling Seref Eroglu
2004 Athens Taekwondo Bahri Tanrikulu
2004 Athens Boxing Atagun Yalcinkaya
2004 Athens Athletics (Hammer) Esref Apak
2008 Beijing Taekwondo Azize Tanrikulu
2012 London Taekwondo Nur Tatar
2016 Rio Weightlifting Daniyar Ismayilov
2016 Rio Wrestling Riza Kayaalp
2016 Rio Wrestling Selim Yasar
Bronze medals (27):
Olympic branch athlete
1936 Berlin Wrestling Mersinli Ahmet Kirecci
1948 Wrestling in London Halil Kaya
1948 London Athletics Ruhi Sarialp
1952 Helsinki Wrestling Adil Atan
1956 Wrestling in Melbourne Huseyin Akbas
1956 Melbourne Wrestling Dursun Ali Egribas
1964 Wrestling in Tokyo Hamit Kaplan
1984 Los Angeles Wrestling Ayhan Taskın
1984 Los Angeles Boxing Turgut Aykac
1984 Los Angeles Boxing Eyup May
1992 Barcelona Judo Hulya Senyurt
1992 Wrestling in Barcelona Ali Kayali
1996 Atlanta Wrestling Mehmet Akif Pirim
2000 Sydney Wrestling Adem Bereket
2000 Sydney Taekwondo Hamide Tosun
2004 Athens Wrestling Mehmet Ozal
2004 Athens Wrestling Aydin Polatci
2004 Athens Weightlifting Reyhan Arabacioglu
2004 Athens Weightlifting Sedat Artuc
2008 Beijing Boxing Yakup Kilic
2008 Beijing Taekwondo Servet Tazegul
2008 Beijing Nazmi Avluca Wrestling
2012 London Wrestling Riza Kayaalp
2016 Rio Wrestling Cenk Ildem
2016 Rio Wrestling Soner Demirtas
2016 Rio Taekwondo Nur Tatar
2016 Rio Athletics Yasmani Copello Escobar
* Written by Selcuk bugra Gokalp in Ankara
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