Ali Kaya

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Ali Kaya
Ali Kaya Rieti 2013.jpg
Personal information
Birth name Stanley Kiprotich Mukche
Nationality Kenyan-Turkish
Born (1994-04-20) April 20, 1994 (age 21)
Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County, Kenya
Country Turkey
Sport Long-distance running
Event(s) 5000 m, 10,000 m
Coached by Carol Santa

Ali Kaya (born as Stanley Kiprotich Mukche on 20 April 1994) is a Turkish long distance runner of Kenyan origin competing in the 5000 m and 10,000 m events. He is the European record holder in 10,000 m for juniors set in 2013.

He was born Stanley Kiprotich Mukche on April 20, 1994 in Eldoret of Uasin Gishu County in Kenya. In 2010, he moved to Turkey and adapted the Turkish name Ali Kaya. Following his naturalization in 2013, he became officially eligible to international competitions for his second home country on June 20 the same year.[1][2][3]

He won two gold medals, in the 5000 m and 10,000 m events, at the 2013 European Athletics Junior Championships held in Rieti, Italy. At the 10,000 m event, he set a new Turkish national record with a time of 28:31.16.[3][4] He caused a scandal following the race when he abrupt left the championship for Kenya without showing at the medal ceremony. According to the Turkish Athletics Federation, he travelled to Kenya in order to join a four-day training in Kenya with his also in Turkey naturalized countryman İlham Tanui Özbilen. Another Turkish athlete stood on the championship podium in Italy to take his medal.[5]

At the 2013 Islamic Solidarity Games held Palembang, Indonesia, Ali Kaya won a silver and a gold medal in the 5000 m and 10,000 m events respectively.[6][7]

At the European Championship in Zurich over 10.000 meters he competed against double Olympic champion Mo Farah, clinching a bronze medal after a great finish.[8] He became the youngest medalist ever in the European 10.000 final.

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2013 22nd European Junior Championships Rieti, Italy 1st 5000 m 13:49.76
1st 10,000 m 28:31.16 CR NJR
3rd Islamic Solidarity Games Palembang, Indonesia 2nd 5000 m 14:04.59
1st 10,000 m 29:36.64
20th European Cross Country Championships Belgrade, Serbia 1st Junior race 17:49
2015 European Indoor Championships Prague, Czech Republic 1st 3000 m 7:38.42 CR NR


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  2. ^ "18. Balkan Salon Atletizm Şampiyonası Sona Erdi" (in Turkish). Türkiye Atletizm Federasyonu. 2013-02-23. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  3. ^ a b "Kaya canters home as Pezer picks up gold for Bosnia". European Athletics. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  4. ^ "Ali Kaya rekor bırakmadı". EuroSport (in Turkish). 2013-07-18. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  5. ^ "Böyle skandal görülmedi". Fanatik (in Turkish). 2013-07-25. Retrieved 2013-10-96.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  6. ^ "3. İslami Dayanışma Oyunları". Haberler (in Turkish). 2013-09-27. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  7. ^ "İslami Dayanışma Oyunları’na Madalyalarla Başladık". Türkiye Atletizm Federasyonu. 2013-09-25. 
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