Aslı Çakır Alptekin
Aslı Çakır Alptekin during 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Istanbul
|Birth name||Aslı Çakır|
|Born||20 August 1985|
|Achievements and titles|
Aslı Çakır Alptekin (born 20 August 1985 in Antalya) is a Turkish female middle distance runner. A member of the Üsküdar Belediyespor in Istanbul, she is coached by her husband, runner Ihsan Alptekin. She is 168 cm (5.51 ft) tall and 50 kg (110 lb).
Çakır Alptekin won the gold medal in the 1500 m at the 2011 Summer Universiade held in Shenzen, China. She also won the bronze medal in the 1500 m event at the 2012 World Indoor Championships held in Istanbul.
Çakır Alptekin shaved over 5.5 seconds off her personal best in 1500m with 3:56.62 at the Diamond League meet in Paris on 6 July 2012. Six weeks later, she won the gold medal at the 2012 Olympics in the 1500 m event.
Çakır Alptekin received a two-year ban from the track in September 2004 due to positive testing for illegal substances. The positive test came at the 2004 World Junior Championships, where she was the fastest in the heats of the steeplechase and placed sixth in the final.
On 22 March 2013, several news agencies reported that Çakır Alptekin was one of eight athletes who tested positive for banned substances. Çakır Alptekin would face a lifetime ban if the positive test is upheld. Neither the IAAF nor WADA officially commented on the doping allegation. On 3 December, the Turkish Athletic Federation announced that they had cleared her of the charges. The IAAF subsequently appealed the Turkish federation's decision to clear Çakır Alptekin to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and again suspended the athlete from competition. 
Çakir returned to the tracks in 2006, motivated by her future husband İhsan Alptekin, who gave up his athletics career early to coach her. The two married in 2011 in Aslı's hometown of Antalya.
|2008||Summer Olympics||Beijing, China||44th (h)||3000 m s'chase||10:05.76|
|2009||World Championships||Berlin, Germany||41st (h)||3000 m s'chase||10:06.64|
|2010||European Championships||Barcelona, Spain||5th||1500 m||4:02.17|
|2011||Summer Universiade||Shenzhen, China||1st||1500 m||4:05.56|
|2012||World Indoor Championships||Istanbul, Turkey||3rd||1500 m||4:08.74 NR|
|European Championships||Helsinki, Finland||1st||4:05.31|
|Summer Olympics||London, United Kingdom||1st||4:10.23|
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