Gamze Bulut

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Gamze Bulut
Personal information
Nationality Turkey
Born (1992-08-03) August 3, 1992 (age 27)
Eskişehir, Turkey
Height166 cm (5 ft 5 in)
Weight48 kg (106 lb)
SportMiddle-distance running
ClubFenerbahçe Athletics
Coached bySüleyman Altınoluk

Gamze Bulut (pronounced [ˈɡamze ˈbuɫut]; born August 3, 1992 in Eskişehir) is a Turkish female middle-distance runner and is currently on a four-year ban until May 29, 2020.

Due to receive the 2012 gold medals as Olympic and European champion following the disqualification of teammate Aslı Çakır Alptekin from both events, Bulut herself came under investigation for abnormalities in her athlete 'passport', and on 1 June 2016, Turkish media reported that Bulut had also been found to have employed illegal performance enhancing methods by dint of observations of her athlete 'passport'. This was confirmed by the IAAF and Bulut lost her Olympic and European medals, and all medals and records from the date of the infraction, July 20, 2011 to 2016.[1][2] .

The 166 cm (5 ft 5 in) tall athlete at 48 kg (106 lb) is a member of Fenerbahçe Athletics, where she is coached by Süleyman Altınoluk.[3]


At the 2009 European Youth Summer Olympic Festival in Tampere, Finland, she became bronze medalist in the 2000 m steeplechase event with a time of 6:50.24. She won the gold medal of the 3000 m steeplechase event at the 2009 Balkan Junior Athletics Championships held in Greece.[4]

Bulut also lost the silver medal in the 1500 metres from the 2012 European Athletics Championships in Helsinki, Finland, when finishing second behind her compatriot Aslı Çakır Alptekin.

She took second place and the silver medal in 1500 m at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, again finishing behind Alptekin. Bulut had set a personal best time of 4:01:18 in the semi-finals of the competition. Alptekin's results from 2010 onwards were subsequently stripped due to doping offences, making Bulut the de facto Olympic and European champion.[5] However, in March 2016, it was reported that Bulut too was also under investigation for suspected doping.[6]

In 2013, Bulut won the gold medal in the 5000 metres event at the 9th European Athletics U23 Championships held in Tampere, setting a personal best time with 15:45.03.[7]

Personal best[edit]

  • 9:34.88 3000m steeplechase NR (U23) - May 19, 2012 Izmir, Turkey[8]
  • 15:45.03 5000m PB (U23) - July 14, 2013 Tampere, Finland[7]

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2009 European Youth Summer Olympic Festival Tampere, Finland 3rd 2000m sc 6:50.24
Balkan Junior Athletics Championships Schimatari, Greece 1st 3000m sc 10:57.26


  1. ^ Bulut to lose medals, in turkish
  2. ^ "Elvan Abeylegesse and Gamze Bulut sanctions announced by IAAF - Athletics Weekly". Athletics Weekly. 2017-03-29. Retrieved 2017-03-30.
  3. ^ "Sporcular/Atletizm-Gamze Bulut" (in Turkish). Gençlik ve Spor Bakanlığı-Türk Sporcular 2012 Londra Olimpiyatlarında. Archived from the original on 2013-10-05. Retrieved 2012-05-25. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ "Atletizm'de Çevik ve Bulut'la sevindik". İstikbal (in Turkish). 2012-01-01. Retrieved 2012-05-20.
  5. ^ 17 August 2015. Turkey’s Asli Cakir Alptekin stripped of Olympic 1500m title for doping. The Guardian. Retrieved on 02 April 2016.
  6. ^ Ingle, Sean. (6 March 2016). Turkish silver medal winner from London 2012 investigated for doping. The Guardian. Retrieved on 02 April 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Turkey's Gamze Bulut grabs 5,000-meter gold medal at U23 Euros in Finland". Today's Zaman. 2015-07-15. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-02-01. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  8. ^ "Tuğçe ve Gamze Olimpiyat A Barajını aştı" (in Turkish). Fenerbahçe S.K. 2012-05-20. Retrieved 2012-05-20.

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