Celal Atik

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Celal Atik
Celal Atik and Hermann Baumann, London 1948.jpg
Atik (left) at the 1948 Olympics
Personal information
Born 1920
Gürdan, Boğazlıyan, Turkey
Died 27 April 1979 (aged 58–59)
Ankara, Turkey
Sport Wrestling

Celal Atik (1920 – 27 April 1979) was a Turkish wrestler and coach. He competed both in Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling, but had his best achievements in the freestyle, winning gold medals at the 1948 Olympics, 1951 World and 1946 and 1949 European championships.[1]

He was born in the village of Gürdan in the Boğazlıyan district of Yozgat Province, Turkey. He changed his family name from "Doğan" to "Atik" (literally, "Slippy") after a proposal by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Turkish Republic, who noticed his speed at the 1938 national championships.

After retiring from competition, from 1955 to 1979 he coached the national wrestling team and prepared multiple international competitors. Appointed the head trainer by the International Wrestling Federation (FILA) in Switzerland, he gave lessons on wrestling techniques to sportspeople from all around the world.

He is recognized as one of Turkey's best wrestlers, with exceptional technique as well as the most aesthetic physique. In addition to his other honors, he was awarded with the Légion d'honneur of France.

Atik died on 27 April 1979 in a hospital in Ankara. Two sports halls—one in İzmir with a capacity of 1,200 people[2] and another one in his hometown Yozgat—are named after him.[3]

Coaching achievements[edit]


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Celal Atik". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. 
  2. ^ GençBasket Archived 20 October 2006 at the Wayback Machine. (in Turkish)
  3. ^ Governor of Yozgat Archived 27 January 2007 at the Wayback Machine. (in Turkish)

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