Burcu Sallakoğlu

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Burcu Sallakoğlu
Personal information
Nationality Turkey
Born (1987-08-13) August 13, 1987 (age 30)
Residence Adana, Turkey
Country Turkey
Sport Taekwondo
Event(s) Heavyweight (72 kg)
Club Büyükşehir Belediye Ankara SK

Burcu Sallakoğlu (born August 13, 1987) is a Turkish female taekwondo practitioner competing in the heavyweight (72 kg) class.[1] She is from Adana.[2] She is a member of the Büyükşehir Belediye Ankara SK.[3]

Personal life[edit]

She grew up in a family with domestic violence. Her father used to mistreat her mother. The family's financial status was very good, but there was not an atmosphere of peace. Her parents had severe cultural differences due to parentage.[4]

The family spent almost all assets for the father's therapy. Burcu's father died at the age of 35 from leukemia. Her mother made self-scrifice, and tried to run her husband's business, however, without success. The family came into major financial diffulties. Burcu was at the age of twelve.[4]

At this time, she began with taekwondo at Adana Tezel Aslanlar, a nearby sport club, where her coach Rıdvan Kurt and his wife gave her a warm familiar atmosphere. She liked taekwondo much, which helped her to forget all the bad things she experienced before.[4]

She was educated in English-speaking schools and learnt playing the piano as her father was alive. However, she then dropped out of the high school, only to complete her secondary education in later years.[4]

Sport career[edit]

In 2011, she left her club Adana Tezel Aslanlar, where she competed in youth and junior categories, to join the Büyükşehir Belediye Ankara SK.[5][6]

Burcu Sallakoğlu won the silver medal in heavyweight at the 2008 European Taekwondo Championships held in Rome, Italy.[4]




  1. ^ a b "Sallakoglu, Burcu". Taekwondo Data. Retrieved 2013-04-27. 
  2. ^ "Adanalı sporcuların başarıları". Adana Yorum (in Turkish). 2008-04-22. Retrieved 2013-04-27. 
  3. ^ "Sporcularımız 2012 Londra Olimpiyatları'nın yıldızı olacaklar". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 2012-02-12. Retrieved 2013-04-27. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Burcu Sallakoğlu: "Babam Yaşasaydı Madalya Kazanamazdım"". Spor Haberler (in Turkish). 2008-04-12. Retrieved 2013-04-27. 
  5. ^ "Türkiye Büyükler Taekwondo Şampiyonası-Alanya 27-31 Ocak 2010" (in Turkish). Taekwondom. Archived from the original on 2013-06-30. Retrieved 2013-04-27. 
  6. ^ "Büyükler Türkiye Şampiyonası" (in Turkish). Kaya Taekwondo. 2011-01-16. Archived from the original on 2013-06-29. Retrieved 2013-04-27.