Eşref Apak

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Eşref Apak
Personal information
Nationality Turkish
Born (1982-01-03) 3 January 1982 (age 32)
Kalecik, Ankara, Turkey
Residence Ankara, Turkey
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 115 kg (254 lb)
Sport
Country  Turkey
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Hammer throw
Club Enkaspor
Coached by Artun Talay
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 76.29 m (2013)

Eşref Apak (born 3 January 1982 in Kalecik, Ankara) is a Turkish hammer thrower. Apak was a member of Fenerbahçe Athletics in Istanbul then transferred to Enkaspor, where he is coached by Artun Talay. The 185 cm (6 ft 1 in) tall athlete at 115 kg (254 lb) is a student of physical education and sports at Gazi University in Ankara.[1]

Apak took part at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and won a surprising bronze medal with 79.51 m after the gold medalist Hungarian athlete Adrián Annus was disqualified by IOC for a doping violation. In 2005 Apak participated at the 2005 Mediterranean Games in Almería and won the gold medal with his throw of 77.88 metres.

His personal best performance, and Turkish record, is 81.45 metres set on 4 June 2005 at the Cezmi Or Memorial Games.

Eşref Apak is married to sprinter Sema Aydemir, and the couple has a son Ali.[2]

He is currently serving a 2-year doping ban for the use of a prohibited substance, Stanozolol. The ban lasts from 8 June 2013 to 25 June 2015.[3]

Achievements[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Turkey
2000 World Junior Championships Santiago, Chile 1st 69.97 m NJR
2001 Mediterranean Games Tunis, Tunisia 6th
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 3rd
2005 Universiade Izmir, Turkey 2nd
Mediterranean Games Almería, Spain 1st
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 19th 73.04 m
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 19th 70.17 m
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 11th
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, PR China 16th 74.45 m
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 27th 70.70 m
2012 Olympic Games London, Great Britain 17th 73.47 m

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sporcular/Atletizm-Eşref Apak" (in Turkish). Gençlik ve Spor Bakanlığı-Türk Sporcular 2012 Londra Olimpiyatlarında. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Eşref Apak gelecekten umutlu". İnternet Spor (in Turkish). 11 July 2011. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  3. ^ IAAF: Athletes currently suspended from all competitions in athletics following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation as at: 30.04.14

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