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TC athlete runs alongside Bolt

A TURKISH Cypriot athlete competed in the 16th World Athletics Championship in London alongside celebrity runner Usain Bolt, whose track career ended in injury during the final race last Saturday.

TC athlete runs alongside Bolt

By KEREM HASAN

Yiğitcan Hekimoğlu, 25, studying master degree in Girne American University, took part in the 4x100m relay as a member of the Turkish national team which finished in seventh place.

After the team qualified for the race on the ninth-day of the championship, TRNC sports commentators said that Mr Yiğitcan had “written history” having “competed for the first time ever in a men’s international athletics championship final as a Turkish Cypriot.”

His coach, Celal Keleş, the North Cyprus Athletics Federation and government Sports Department all offered congratulations.

Mr Yiğitcan had been described as a “true TRNC’ian” and an example to the success that can come through hard work and determination.

The US-team came first in a time of 37.70 followed in second place by Great Britain in 37.76 and Jamaica third in 37.95.

In 2011, Meliz Redif ran as a Turkish Cypriot in the 31st European Salon Athletics Championship in Paris which generated similar pride in the TRNC.

 

 

 

 

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