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UK: Kayaalp wins Turkey’s first medal in London Olympics

07-08-2012

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 Georgia’s 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.

Kayaalp’s bronze medal came shortly before Japan's Ryota Murata’s victory over Adem Kılıççı, Turkey’s favorite for an Olympic medal, 17-13 in an Olympic men's boxing middleweight quarter-final bout on Monday.

http://www.todayszaman.com/news-288812-kayaalp-wins-turkeys-first-medal-in-london-olympics.html

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