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Nevin Yanıt
Nevin Yanıt.JPG
Personal information
Nationality Turkey
Born (1986-02-16) 16 February 1986 (age 31)
Mersin, Turkey
Height 1.65 m (5.4 ft)[1]
Weight 60 kg (130 lb)[1]
Sport Running
Event(s) 60 metres hurdles
100 metres hurdles
Club Fenerbahçe Athletics
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • 60 m hs: 8.00 (2007) Sport records icon NR.svg
  • 100 m hs: 12.63 (2010) Sport records icon NR.svg

Nevin Yanıt, (born February 16, 1986 in Mersin) is a Turkish female sprinter specialising in high hurdling. She is a two time European champion in the 100m hurdles, and current European indoor champion in the 60m hurdles.

On 29 August 2013, Yanit was banned from athletic competition for two years following a failed doping test in February 2013.[2][3] After IAAF appealed the length of the ban to the Court of Arbitration for sport, her ban was extended for a further year.[4]


Yanit in 2010 with Turkey flag, at her 1st European title.

Yanıt first came to international prominence in 2007, winning the 100m hurdles at the 2007 European Under 23 Athletics Championships. She won the silver medal at the 2007 Summer Universiade in Bangkok, Thailand.[5]

At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, she reached the semi-finals in the 100m hurdles. She was the first Turkish athlete to progress so far in a sprint athletics event at the Olympic Games.

Yanıt participated at the 2009 Mediterranean Games in Pescara, Italy and won the gold medal in women's 100 m hurdles. She was the winner in the 100 m hurdles at the European Cup First League Group B held on June 18, 2006 in Thessaloniki, Greece.

At the 2010 European Athletics Championships in Barcelona, she won the gold medal in the 100m hurdles, breaking the 100 m hurdles national record with 12.63 seconds, edging favourites, Derval O'Rourke and Carolin Nytra.

At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, she progressed to the final in the 100 m hurdles, taking fifth place.

At the 2013 European Athletics Indoor Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden, she won the gold medal, breaking the 60m hurdles national record with 7.89.

Doping Ban[edit]

In 2013 the Turkish Athletics Federation announced that Yanit had failed a doping test, after traces of testosterone and the anabolic steroid Stanozolol were found in a testing sample. On 29 August 2013, a two-year ban was handed down by the Turkish Federation, precluding Yanit from competition until 5 August 2015. Following IAAF's appeal to the Court of Arbitration for sport, her ban was extended to 3 years for aggravating circumstances. In addition to the positive for two prohibited substances her biological passport data showed that she had been blood doping between June 2012 and February 2013.[4] The IAAF later confirmed that her results since June 28, 2012 had all been voided and she was stripped of her European Championship title and 5th-place finish at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. [6]

Personal life[edit]

Yanıt competed between 2007-2008 for Vestel Athletics.[7] In 2008, she joined Fenerbahçe Athletics.

Currently, she is majoring in Physical Education at Mersin University,[5] and a member of the Fenerbahçe S.K. athletics club.[8]

She is also the current holder of both 60 m hurdles and 100 m hurdles Turkish national records.

In 2011, an athletics venue in Mersin with 4,500 seating capacity, built in 2010, was named in her honor.[9][10]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Turkey
2004 World Junior Championships Grosseto, Italy 19th (h) 100m hurdles 13.98 (wind: +1.0 m/s)
4 × 400 m relay DQ
2005 European Junior Championships Kaunas, Lithuania 9th (sf) 100m hurdles 13.91
Universiade Izmir, Turkey 16th (sf) 100m hurdles 13.89
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 14th (h) 4 × 100 m relay 46.32
2007 European Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 9th (h) 60m hurdles 8.11
European U23 Championships Debrecen, Hungary 1st 100m hurdles 12.90 (wind: -0.3 m/s)
Universiade Bangkok, Thailand 2nd 100m hurdles 13.07
World Championships Osaka, Japan 12th (sf) 100m hurdles 12.85
2008 World Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 14th (sf) 60m hurdles 8.19
Olympic Games Beijing, China 14th (sf) 100m hurdles 13.28
2009 Mediterranean Games Pescara, Italy 1st 100m hurdles 13.08
Universiade Belgrade, Serbia 1st 100m hurdles 12.89
World Championships Berlin, Germany 15th (sf) 100m hurdles 12.99
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain 1st 100m hurdles 12.63
2011 Universiade Shenzhen, China 6th 100m hurdles 13.27
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 22nd (sf) 100m hurdles 13.31
2012 European Championships Helsinki, Finland DSQ 100m hurdles 12.81
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom DSQ 100m hurdles 12.58 NR
2013 European Inddor Championships Gothenburg, Sweden DSQ 60m hurdles 7.89 EL NR

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Athletes-Yanit Nevin TUR". Retrieved 2010-08-12. 
  2. ^ "Nevin Yanit: Drugs ban for European hurdles champion". BBC. 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2013-08-29. 
  3. ^ "Nevin Yanit banned for two years for doping". The Independent. 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2013-08-29. 
  4. ^ a b Court of Arbitration for Sport: Nevin Yanit's suspension increased from 2 years to 3 years,, 6 March 2015
  5. ^ a b "Öğrencimiz Nevin Yanıt Pekin Olimpiyatları’nda yarı finale kaldı" (in Turkish). Mersin University. 2008-08-18. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  6. ^ "Doping, Nevin Yanıt'a pahalıya patladı" (in Turkish). 1 July 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "Nevin Yanıt" (in Turkish). Vestel Atletizm. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  8. ^ The Champion, Fenerbahçe
  9. ^ "Nevin Yanıt Atletizm Kompleksi" (in Turkish). Mersin Gençlik Hizmetleri ve Spor İl Müdürlüğü. Retrieved 2013-05-15. 
  10. ^ Ercan, Mustafa (2011-02-24). "Nevin Yanıt Atletizm Kompleksi açıldı". Hürriyet (in Turkish). Retrieved 2013-05-15. 

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