|Born||October 29, 1983|
|Height||1.52 m (5 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||48 kg (106 lb)|
|Event(s)||– 48 kg|
|Club||Yenimahalle Sports Club, Ankara|
|Achievements and titles|
Nurcan Taylan (born October 29, 1983 in Ankara, Turkey) is a Turkish Olympic, world and European champion in weightlifting. She holds six European and one world record (and tied two more world records).
She was born in Mamak, Ankara as the third child of a poor family originating from the town of Hafik in Sivas, Central Anatolia. Taylan was discovered at age of eleven by the Turkish national athlete and her later coach Mehmet Üstündağ as he was her teacher in physical education at the Mamak Secondary School in Ankara.
Only 1.52 m (5 ft) tall, she lifted two World and five Olympic records in the women’s 48 kg category at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. Nurcan Taylan is Turkey's first ever female Olympic gold medalist.
She is student of physical education and sports and member of the Yenimahalle Club in Ankara.
In September 2004, a Turkish court ordered the arrest of the coach of the Turkish women’s weightlifting team, Mehmet Üstündağ, after three female athletes filed complaints of sexual harassment against him. In court, Üstündağ denied allegations of repeated physical sexual molestation going back several years, fielded by Sibel Şimşek, Aylin Daşdelen and Şule Şahbaz, all of them being members of the Turkish women's team at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
But the court ordered him to be placed under detention in view of the "alleged crime's nature, the evidence collected and feelings of anger it has inspired in the public". The allegations first hit the media in early September when the three athletes gave extensive interviews to newspapers and television channels. Daşdelen told a television news program that Üstündağ also made it a habit of "beating" his charges, going so far as to blame the trainer for the 1999 suicide of teammate Esma Can. The only support for Üstündağ came from Taylan, who in turn "accused" her three teammates of being lesbians. Turkish sports officials immediately launched an official investigation. Üstündağ had come under investigation on similar charges four years ago, but the evidence was inconclusive. The Turkish Weightlifting Federation did not allow Taylan to participate at the 2005 European Weightlifting Championship held in Sofia, Bulgaria.
She was banned by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) after she tested positive for the anabolic steroid Methandienone for four years starting on 26 October 2011. Taylan missed the London Olympics.
In October 2012, her suspension was shortened to two years that will allow her to return to action on 26 October 2013.
|Gold||48 kg||97.5 CWR||210.0 WR||Athens, GRE||Aug 14, 2004|
|Gold||48 kg||93.0||121.0 WR||214.0||Antalya, TUR||Sep 18, 2010|
|Silver||48 kg||90.0||115.0||Goyang, KOR||Nov 21, 2009|
|Silver||48 kg||87.5||105.0||192.5||Warsaw, POL||Nov 19, 2002|
|Bronze||48 kg||85.0||187.5||Vancouver, B.C., CAN||Nov 18, 2003|
|Gold||48 kg||90.0||105.0||195.0||Kazan, RUS||Apr 11, 2011|
|Gold||48 kg||90.0||118.0||208.0||Minsk, BLR||Apr 5, 2010|
|Gold||48 kg||88.0||108.0||196.0||Bucharest, ROM||Apr 6, 2009|
|Gold||48 kg||87.0||109.0||196.0||Lignano Sabbiadoro, ITA||Apr 2, 2008|
|Gold||53 kg||95.5 ER||115.5 ER||210.0||Kiev, UKR||Apr 20, 2004|
|Gold||J 53 kg||95.0 ER||115.0 ER||210.0 ER||Loutraki, GRE||Apr 15, 2003|
|Gold||J 48 kg||87.5 ER||105.0 ER||192.5 ER||Warsaw, POL||Nov 19, 2002|
|Gold||53 kg||87.0 MR||108.0 MR||Almería, ESP||Jun 26, 2005|
- J: Junior
- CWR: Current world record
- WR: World record
- ER: European record
- MR: Mediterranean record
2004 World ranking list for the category "Women 48 kg" is as following:
|1||Nurcan Taylan, TUR||97.5||112.5||210.0||Athens, GRE||Aug 14, 2004|
|2||Zhuo Li, CHN||90.0||115.0||205.0||Almaty, Kazakhstan||Apr 7, 2004|
|3||Wei Gao, CHN||90.0||110.0||200.0||Minsk, BLR||May 24, 2004|
|3=||Aree Wiratthaworn, THA||85.0||115.0||200.0||Athens, GRE||Aug 14 2004|
- BIA Net August 16, 2004 Archived February 3, 2007, at the Wayback Machine (in Turkish)
- "Sanctioned athletes - 2011". IWF. Archived from the original on 2014-04-07. Retrieved 2012-10-06.
- "Turkish weightlifting champion Nurcan Taylan receives 4-year ban for doping, misses Olympics". The Washington Post. Associated Press. 14 June 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
- "Nurcan Taylan'ın cezası 2 yıla indirildi". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 2012-10-06. Retrieved 2012-10-06.