Mehmet Akif Pirim

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Mehmet Akif Pirim
Medal record
Men's Greco-Roman Wrestling

Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1992 Barcelona, Spain Featherweight
Bronze medal – third place 1996 Atlanta, Ga, USA Featherweight

World Championships
Silver medal – second place 1991 Varna, Bulgaria Featherweight
Mediterranean Games
Gold medal – first place 1991 Athens, Greece Featherweight
Gold medal – first place 1993 Aude, France Featherweight
Gold medal – first place 1997 Bari, Italy Featherweight

Military World Games
Gold medal – first place 1995 Rome, Italy Featherweight

Mehmet Akif Pirim (September 17, 1968, Rize, Turkey), is a former Turkish Olympic medalist sports wrestler in the Featherweight class (62 kg), and currently a trainer. He won the gold medal at the 1992 Olympics in Men's Greco-Roman wrestling and the bronze medal at the 1996 Olympics.

Born on September 17, 1968 in the Black Sea city of Rize, he began sports wrestling 1986 in Rize Çaykur Sports Club and continued in the clubs Halkbankası, TMO and TEDAŞ Clubs.

Akif Pirim won the silver medal at the World Championships and the gold medal three times at the Mediterranean Games and also at the first Military World Games.

As he was not qualified for the Turkish national team in 1999, Akif Pirim was offered the citizenship of Azerbaijan, which he accepted.[1] He participated at the 1999 World Championships held in Athens, Greece, for Azerbaijan, however without success.[2]

He is currently the head coach of the Turkish national team of Greco-Roman style wrestling.[3]



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