May 5, 1955 |
Kurtköy, Bilecik Province, 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. He was member of Fenerbahçe SK.
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.
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.
- "Mehmet Terzi (Atletizm Federasyonu Başkanı)" (in Turkish). Türkiye Atletizm Federasyonu. Retrieved 2010-10-11.
- Fenerbahçe Athletics by Mehmet Terzi's official Twitter