Elif Jale Yeşilırmak

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Elif Jale Yeşilırmak
Personal information
Birth name Yulia Guramievna Rekvava
Nationality Turkish
Born (1986-07-30) July 30, 1986 (age 28)
Smolensk, Russia
Sport
Sport Women's Freestyle Wrestling
Event(s) 63kg
Club Adalet Sk, Ankara

Elif Jale Yeşilırmak, née Yulia Guramievna Rekvava (Russian: Юлия Гурамиевна Реквава), (born July 30, 1986 in Smolensk, Russia)[1][2][3] is a Turkish female wrestler of Russian origin[4] competing in the 63 kg division of women's freestyle wrestling. She is the first ever women's wrestler to represent Turkey at the Olympics. She is a member of Adalet SK in Ankara.[5]

Born on July 30, 1986 in Russia, Yulia Guramievna Rekvava won the bronze medal for her native country in the 59 kg division at the 2009 European Wrestling Championships held in Vilnius, Lithuania.[6]

She later moved from Sweden, where she lived,[7] to Turkey, and was naturalized shortly before the 2011 World Wrestling Championships in Istanbul converting to Islam and taking the Turkish name Elif Jale Yeşilırmak.[4][6][8]

Yeşilırmak became silver medalist in the 67 kg division at the Golden Grand Prix held in February 2012 at Klippan, Sweden.[9] She won the bronze medal in the 63 kg division at the 2012 European Wrestling Championships held in Belgrade, Serbia. She became so the second ever woman wrestler from Turkey to win a medal at the European level after twelve years.[10] She qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics after winning her matches with rivals from India, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan and France in the 65 kg division at the World Qualification Tournament held in Taiyuan, China, where only the finalista were entitled for qualification.[11][12]

She won the gold medal in the 67 kg division at the 2013 Mediterranean Games held in Mersin, Turkey.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Реквава Юлия Гурамиевна (in Russian). Федерация спортивной борьбы России. Retrieved 2012-05-01. 
  2. ^ "Türkiye Güreş Federasyonu-2012 Olimpiyat Oyunları Hazırlık Harçlığı Alan Sporcuların Listesi-Dnem 11 (Şubat-Mart-Nisan)" (in Turkish). Spor Genel Müdürlüğü. Retrieved 2012-05-01. 
  3. ^ London 2012-Elif Jale Yeşilırmak
  4. ^ a b "Elif Jale Yeşilırmak bir ilki istiyor". Hürriyet Spor (in Turkish). 2012-09-10. Retrieved 2012-05-01. 
  5. ^ "Yesilirmak, Elif Jale (TUR)". FILA. Retrieved 2012-05-01. 
  6. ^ a b "Russian wrestler Rekvava now a Turk". Today's Zaman. 2011-06-08. Retrieved 2012-05-01. 
  7. ^ "İthal Güreşçilere Bir Yenisi-Rus Bayan Güreşçi Rekvava Yulya Türk vatandaşı oluyor" (in Turkish). Turkey Wrestling. 2011-06-07. Retrieved 2012-05-01. 
  8. ^ "Russian wrestling champion embraced Islam". Returning to Faith. 2011-07-07. Retrieved 2012-05-01. 
  9. ^ "Golden Grand Prix-Female wrestling Seniors 2012-02-17 Klippan (SWE) 67.0kg". FILA. Retrieved 2012-05-01. 
  10. ^ "Güreşte Elif Jale Yeşilırmak bronz madalya kazandı". EuroNews (in Turkish). 2012-03-09. Retrieved 2012-05-01. 
  11. ^ "Elif Jale Yeşilırmak Londra vizesi aldı". Haber7 (in Turkish). 2012-04-29. Retrieved 2012-05-01. 
  12. ^ "Türk Güreş Tarihinde bir ilk Elif Jale Yeşilırmak Olimpiyat Vizesi aldı!" (in Turkish). Türkisye Güreş Federasyonu. Retrieved 2012-05-01.