WorldTurkish wrestlers Reza Kayaalp and Yasemin Adar make Turkish wrestling history

Turkish wrestlers Reza Kayaalp and Yasemin Adar make Turkish wrestling history


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On Matchday 10 of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Turkish wrestlers Reza Kayaalp and Yasemin Adar made history by receiving bronze medals.

Riza Kayaalp, one of Turkey’s most successful wrestling athletes, won bronze in London in 2012 and silver in Rio in 2016. With her bronze medal in Tokyo 2020, the 31-year-old national wrestler won his third Olympic medal.

With this success, Riza equaled, in terms of number of medals, the legendary weightlifters Naim Suleymanoglu and Halil Mutlu, holders of three Olympic gold medals, and the wrestler Hamit Kaplan, who had won a gold medal, of silver and bronze.

Riza makes history by becoming the second Turkish wrestler to win 3 Olympic medals.

– Another first for Yasemin.

Yasemin Adar, nicknamed the “Woman of Firsts”, also brought Turkey their first Olympic medal in women’s wrestling.

Yasemin had become the first Turkish female wrestler to win a world title at the 2017 World Championships in Paris, France by securing a gold medal.

Arriving at Tokyo 2020 with hopes of making the leap, Yasemin won the bronze medal and made history as the first female wrestler to bring an Olympic medal to Turkey.

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