Eşref Apak

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Eşref Apak
Personal information
Born (1982-01-03) 3 January 1982 (age 37)
Kalecik, Ankara, Turkey
ResidenceAnkara, Turkey
Height185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight115 kg (254 lb)
Country Turkey
Event(s)Hammer throw
Coached byArtun Talay
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)81.45 m (2005)

Eşref Apak (born 3 January 1982 in Kalecik, Ankara) is a Turkish hammer thrower. Apak was a member of Fenerbahçe Athletics in Istanbul then transferred to Enkaspor, where he is coached by Artun Talay. The 185 cm (6 ft 1 in) tall athlete at 115 kg (254 lb) is a student of physical education and sports at Gazi University in Ankara.[1]

Apak took part at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and won a surprising bronze medal with 79.51 m after the gold medalist Hungarian athlete Adrián Annus was disqualified by IOC for a doping violation. In 2005 Apak participated at the 2005 Mediterranean Games in Almería and won the gold medal with his throw of 77.88 metres.

His personal best performance, and Turkish record, is 81.45 metres set on 4 June 2005 at the Cezmi Or Memorial Games.

Eşref Apak is married to sprinter Sema Aydemir, and the couple has a son Ali.[2]

He served a 2-year doping ban for the use of a prohibited substance, Stanozolol. The ban lasted from 8 June 2013 to 25 June 2015.[3][4]


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Turkey
2000 World Junior Championships Santiago, Chile 1st 69.97 m NJR
2001 Mediterranean Games Tunis, Tunisia 6th 71.06 m
2003 European U23 Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 2nd 76.52 m
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 3rd 79.51 m
2005 Universiade Izmir, Turkey 2nd 76.18 m
Mediterranean Games Almería, Spain 1st 77.88 m
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 17th (q) 73.04 m
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 19th (q) 70.17 m
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 11th 76.59 m
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 16th (q) 74.45 m
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 27th (q) 70.70 m
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 17th (q) 73.47 m
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 17th (q) 73.01 m
2016 European Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands NM
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 24th (q) 70.08 m
2017 Islamic Solidarity Games Baku, Azerbaijan 1st 74.32 m
European Team Championships Lille, France 2nd 71.53 m
World Championships London, United Kingdom 16th (q) 73.55 m
2018 European Championships Berlin, Germany 17th (q) 72.70 m


  1. ^ "Sporcular/Atletizm-Eşref Apak" (in Turkish). Gençlik ve Spor Bakanlığı-Türk Sporcular 2012 Londra Olimpiyatlarında. Archived from the original on 5 October 2013. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Eşref Apak gelecekten umutlu". İnternet Spor (in Turkish). 11 July 2011. Retrieved 21 July 2012.
  3. ^ IAAF: Athletes currently suspended from all competitions in athletics following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation as at: 30.04.14
  4. ^ Disiplin Kurulu Toplandı.

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