Aslı Çakır Alptekin

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Aslı Çakır Alptekin
Asli Çakir Alptekin Istanbul 2012.jpg
Aslı Çakır Alptekin during the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Istanbul
Personal information
Birth nameAslı Çakır
Nationality Turkey
Born (1985-08-20) 20 August 1985 (age 33) Antalya; Turkey
Height168 cm (5 ft 6 in)
Weight50 kg (110 lb)
ClubÜsküdar Belediyespor
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • Results after 29 July 2010 have been forfeited
  • 1500 m: 4:04.8 (2010)
  • 3000 m st: 9:36.01 (2009)

Aslı Çakır Alptekin (born 20 August 1985 in Antalya) is a former 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]

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] Both of these titles were later stripped off her upon failed doping tests.

Alptekin recorded 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] Alptekin was also stripped of her Olympic title as a result of her use of banned substances and methods.

Doping cases[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 faced a lifetime ban if the positive test was 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]

On 17 August 2015, the Court of Arbitration for Sport says it approved a settlement agreed to by Alptekin and the IAAF. Alptekin agreed to give up her 1500 m Olympic title and serve an eight-year ban for blood doping. Alptekin forfeited all her results from 29 July 2010, including the 2012 Olympic gold and her 2012 European Championship title.[14][15]

On 23 September 2017, the Former Olympic 1500m champion Asli Cakir Alptekin has been banned for life after a third doping offence.

She returned this year after the ban was halved and its start date backdated to 2013, but has since reoffended.

"We are never, ever going to allow doping," said Turkish Athletics Federation chief Fatih Cintimar.

Personal life[edit]

Çakır Alptekin returned to the tracks in 2006, motivated by her future husband İhsan Alptekin, who gave up his athletics career early to coach her.[16] The two married in 2011 in Aslı's hometown of Antalya.[17]

Çakır Alptekin is a student of physical education and sports at the Dumlupınar University in Kütahya.[18]

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Turkey
2004 World Junior Championships Grosseto, Italy DSQ (6th) 3000 m s'chase DSQ
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 DSQ (5th) 1500 m 4:02.17
2011 Summer Universiade Shenzhen, China DSQ (1st) 1500 m 4:05.56
2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey DSQ (3rd) 1500 m 4:08.74 NR
European Championships Helsinki, Finland DSQ (1st) 4:05.31
Summer Olympics London, United Kingdom DSQ (1st) 4:10.23

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Klüplerarası Kros Ligi 1. Kademe (Bayanlar)" (in Turkish). Türk Atletizm. Retrieved 30 August 2011.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Aslı Çakır 1500 metrede iddialı". Gazete 5 (in Turkish). 27 August 2011. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2011.
  3. ^ "Team Europe: Dobriskey, Dehiba, Çakir to spearhead continental challenge in women's 1500m". European Athletics. Archived from the original on 1 August 2012. 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. Archived from the original on 9 August 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  7. ^ "Olympics athletics: Asli Cakir wins women's 1500m for Turkey". BBC Sport. 10 August 2012. Archived from the original on 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 Archived 29 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  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. ^ "Winner of 'dirtiest race in history' Alptekin banned for life: Anadolu". Muslim Global. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  15. ^ Turkey’s Asli Cakir Alptekin stripped of Olympic 1500m title for doping
  16. ^ "Unutuldu, tekrar zirveye tırmandı". Hürriyet Spor (in Turkish). 11 August 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  17. ^ "Aslı Çakır Alptekin antrenmanlardan fırsat bulup düğün yapamadı". Star Gazete (in Turkish). 11 August 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  18. ^ "Kütahya'da Milli Atletlerden Rektör'e Ziyaret". (in Turkish). 12 August 2011. Archived from the original on 29 March 2012. Retrieved 2 September 2011.

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