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UK: Kayaalp wins Turkeys first medal in London Olympics
London, (Today's Zaman with Wires):
Turkey's Rıza Kayaalp won the Olympic bronze medal in the men's Greco-Roman wrestling 120kg on Monday.
Kayaalp beat Georgias Guram Pherselidze 3-0 in the bronze medal contest.
Cuban wrestler Mijain Lopez retained his Olympic title in the heaviest Greco-Roman weight class on Monday when he overpowered Estonian outsider Heiki Nabi in the gold medal final.
He beat Kayaalp in the semi-finals, settling a score with the young wrestler who defeated him in the world championships last year. The Turkish wrestler defeated Lopez in a shock victory in the world championship final last year.
Turkey has gotten off to a bad start at the London Olympics, in which the country is participating with a record number of athletes in a record number of sports, with Turkish athletes in the first ten days of the Games failing to win a single medal until Monday night's victory of Kayaalp.
Turkey had a bad start in wrestling, with the two Turkish wrestlers who competed on Sunday in the Greco-Roman style, one of them a former world champion, being eliminated.
Kayaalps bronze medal came shortly before Japan's Ryota Muratas victory over Adem Kılıççı, Turkeys favorite for an Olympic medal, 17-13 in an Olympic men's boxing middleweight quarter-final bout on Monday.
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