Mehmet Terzi

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Mehmet Terzi
Personal information
Born (1955-05-05) May 5, 1955 (age 64)
Kurtköy, Bilecik Province, Turkey
ResidenceEskişehir, Turkey
Event(s)Marathon, road running
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)2:10:25 London, 1987 marathon

Mehmet Terzi (born May 5, 1955) is a medal-winning former long-distance runner from Turkey, who specialized in running marathons. He served as the president of the Turkish Athletic Federation (Turkish: Türkiye Atletizm Federasyonu) (TAF) for nine years between 2004 and 2013.

Terzi was born on May 5, 1955 at Kurtköy in Bilecik Province, mid-western Turkey. He competed in 1500m, 5000m, 10000m and cross-country in various clubs in Eskişehir, Mersin, Ankara, Bursa, Zonguldak and Istanbul after entering athletics in 1970 in Eskişehir.[1] He was member of Fenerbahçe SK.[2]

Mehmet Terzi won a bronze medal at the 1979 Mediterranean Games in Split, Yugoslavia; and clinched the marathon gold medal at the 1983 Mediterranean Games in Casablanca, Morocco. He also won the Istanbul Marathon in 1985 and the San Francisco Marathon in 1987; after receiving silver medals in the 1978 Paris, France and 1983 Frankfurt, Germany marathons.[1]

He competed for Turkey in marathon at the 1984 Los Angeles and 1988 Seoul Olympics, but did not achieve a top rank.[1]

In 2004, Mehmet Terzi was elected president of the Turkish Athletic Federation for a term of four years. He was re-elected for the same post for another four-year term in 2008. He won his third consecutive election in 2012, but was forced to resign after a high-profile doping scandal in Turkish athletics during the summer of 2013. Terzi resigned from the TAF Presidency on 1 August 2013, just before the World Championships in Moscow.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Mehmet Terzi (Atletizm Federasyonu Başkanı)" (in Turkish). Türkiye Atletizm Federasyonu. Retrieved 2010-10-11.
  2. ^ Fenerbahçe Athletics by Mehmet Terzi's official Twitter

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