Aslı Çakır Alptekin

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Aslı Çakır Alptekin
Asli Çakir Alptekin Istanbul 2012.jpg
Aslı Çakır Alptekin during 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Istanbul
Personal information
Birth name Aslı Çakır
Nationality  Turkey
Born (1985-08-20) 20 August 1985 (age 29)
Sport Middle-distance
Club Üsküdar Belediyespor
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)

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.[1][2] She is 168 cm (5.51 ft) tall and 50 kg (110 lb).[3]

Athletics career[edit]

Çakır Alptekin won the gold medal in the 1500 m at the 2011 Summer Universiade held in Shenzen, China.[4] She also won the bronze medal in the 1500 m event at the 2012 World Indoor Championships held in Istanbul.[5]

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.[6] Six weeks later, she won the gold medal at the 2012 Olympics in the 1500 m event.[7]

Doping ban[edit]

Çakır Alptekin received a two-year ban from the track in September 2004 due to positive testing for illegal substances.[8] 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.[9]

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.[10][11] On 3 December, the Turkish Athletic Federation announced that they had cleared her of the charges.[12] 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. [13]

Personal life[edit]

Çakir returned to the tracks in 2006, motivated by her future husband İhsan Alptekin, who gave up his athletics career early to coach her.[14] The two married in 2011 in Aslı's hometown of Antalya.[15]

Çakır Alptekin is a student of physical education and sports at the Dumlupınar University in Kütahya.[16]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Turkey
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


  1. ^ "Klüplerarası Kros Ligi 1. Kademe (Bayanlar)" (in Turkish). Türk Atletizm. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Aslı Çakır 1500 metrede iddialı". Gazete 5 (in Turkish). 27 August 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Team Europe: Dobriskey, Dehiba, Çakir to spearhead continental challenge in women's 1500m". European Athletics. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Aslı Çakır Alptekin, Altın Madalya Kazandı". (in Turkish). 21 August 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Eaton’s World record tops tantalising second day - Istanbul 2012 – Day 2 wrap". IAAF. 10 March 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Incredible 5000m, world leads from Pearson and Rudisha, Greene close to UK record in Paris". Athletics Weekly. 6 July 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Olympics athletics: Asli Cakir wins women's 1500m for Turkey". BBC Sport. 10 August 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  8. ^ Chadband, Ian (1 August 2010). "Incredible 5000m, world leads from Pearson and Rudisha, Greene close to UK record in Paris". The Telegraph (London). Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  9. ^ IAAF/VTB Bank Continental Cup • Biographical Summaries IAAF; Retrieved 7 July 2012
  10. ^ Hart, Simon (3 May 2013). "Turkish Olympic champion Cakir Alptekin dopes positive". The Telegraph. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Asli Cakir Alptekin Charged With Doping". The New York Times. 3 May 2013. 
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  13. ^ "Asli Cakir Alptekin again banned". Associated Press. 13 February 2014. 
  14. ^ "Unutuldu, tekrar zirveye tırmandı". Hürriyet Spor (in Turkish). 11 August 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  15. ^ "Aslı Çakır Alptekin antrenmanlardan fırsat bulup düğün yapamadı". Star Gazete (in Turkish). 11 August 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  16. ^ "Kütahya'da Milli Atletlerden Rektör'e Ziyaret". (in Turkish). 12 August 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2011. 

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