Taner Sağır

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Taner Sağır
Personal information
Nationality Turkish
Born (1985-03-13) March 13, 1985 (age 29)
Kardzhali, Bulgaria
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Sport
Country Turkey
Sport Weightlifting
Event(s) –77 kg
Club Demirspor Club, Ankara
Coached by Muharrem Süleymanoğlu and Osman Nuri Vural

Taner Sağır (born March 13, 1985 in Kardzhali, Bulgaria) is a Turkish world and Olympic weightlifting champion. Coming to Athens as holder of all the junior world records, he broke, at age of 19 only, Olympic records in the category –77 kg snatch, clean and jerk and total, and became so the youngest Olympic champion in the weightlifting history. He is seen as a great talent by authorities.

Early years[edit]

He was born in Bulgaria to parents of Turkish ethnicity. The family emigrated in 1989 to Turkey, settled first in the Batıkent neighborhood of Yenimahalle, Ankara, and moved later to Pursaklar, Ankara. He began in 1994 with weightlifting in Pursaklar. Taner Sağır is the younger brother of Olympic weightlifter Nezir Sağır.[1]

Sports career[edit]

Sağır, 1.70 m tall, is student of physical education and sports. Muharrem Süleymanoğlu and Osman Nuri Vural coach him at Demirspor Club in Ankara, Turkey.

As he is somewhat baby-faced, he was in a few commercials at the Athens Olympics in 2004.

He did not finish after three failures in the snatch event at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

He has not competed in a major event since 2008, owing to a spinal disc injury. [1]

Famiy life[edit]

On August 30, 2008, he married Sibel Güler, a two-time European taekwondo champion and also an immigrant from Bulgaria. The couple has a child. The family resides in Ankara in a street named after him.[2]

Medals[edit]

Olympics

Rank Discipline Snatch Clean and jerk Total Place Date
 Gold –77 kg 172.5 202.5 375.0 Athens, GRE Aug 19, 2004

World Championships

Rank Discipline Snatch Clean and jerk Total Place Date
 Gold –77 kg 166.0 195.0 361.0 Santo Domingo, DOM Oct 3, 2006
 Gold J –77 kg 160.0 195.5 JWR 355.0 JWR Hermosillo, MEX Jun 1, 2003

European Championships

Rank Discipline Snatch Clean and jerk Total Place Date
 Gold –77 kg 167.5 192.5 360.0 Sofia, BUL Apr 22, 2005
 Gold –77 kg 167.5 200.0 367.5 Kiev, UKR Apr 20, 2004
 Gold J –69 kg 147.5 175.0 322.5 Havířov, CZE May 29, 2002
 Gold Y –69 kg Stavanger, NOR Jul 30, 2001
 Silver Y –59 kg Košice, SVK Aug 24, 2000
  • Y: Youth (under 16)
  • J: Junior
  • JWR: Junior World record

World rank[edit]

2004 World ranking list for the category "Men 77 kg" is as following:

Rank Discipline Snatch Clean and jerk Total Place Date
1 Taner Sağır, TUR 172.5 202.5 375.0 Athens, GRE Aug 19, 2004
2 Sergey Filimonov, KAZ 172.5 200.0 372.5 Athens, GRE Aug 19, 2004
3 Oleg Perepetchenov, RUS 170.0 195.0 365.0 Athens, GRE Aug 19, 2004

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Taner Sağır: Olimpiyatlar her şeyi değiştirdi". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 2008-12-09. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  2. ^ "Şampiyonlar evlendi". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 2008-08-30. Retrieved 2012-12-15. 

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