Ramil Guliyev

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Ramil Guliyev
Ramil Guliyev London 2017.jpg
Ramil Guliyev at the 2017 World Championships in London
Personal information
Full name Ramil Eldar oğlu Quliyev
Born (1990-05-29) 29 May 1990 (age 27)
Baku, Azerbaijan SSR
Residence Istanbul, Turkey
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 80 kg (176 lb)
Sport Running
Event(s) 100 metres, 200 metres
Club Fenerbahçe Athletics
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)

Ramil Guliyev (Azerbaijani: Ramil Eldar oğlu Quliyev; born 29 May 1990) is an Azerbaijani-born[1] naturalized Turkish sprinter. He competes in the 100 metres and 200 metres events.[2][3] At the 2017 World Championships, Guliyev became World Champion in the men's 200 metre race, winning Turkey's first ever gold medal in the World Championships.[4] His club is Fenerbahçe Athletics.


He competed at the 2009 European Athletics Junior Championships, winning a silver medal in the 100 m and a gold medal in the 200 m.[5]

He holds the national and national junior records in both events. He is also the 200 m European junior record holder and national junior record holder in the 60 metres.[6] His 200 m time is the second fastest by a junior athlete, after Usain Bolt's 19.93 sec.[7][8] He came second in the men's European Athletics Rising Star of the Year Award for his achievements in 2009.[9]

Move to Turkey[edit]

In April 2011, the IAAF enacted a transfer delay in line with its international rules, banning Guliyev from representing any country other than Azerbaijan until April 2014.[10] The runner argued that the training and financial support that he received in Turkey was significant, and that the people, language and culture were very similar between the two countries, though his home federation remained open to him representing Azerbaijan internationally again.[11] Following negotiations with the Azerbaijani Ministry of Youth and Sports, Guliyev confirmed his original decision not to compete for Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan's Minister of Youth and Sports Azad Rahimov explained this by Guliyev's putting forward too unreasonable financial demands for a young athlete and expressed doubt that Guliyev's representation of Turkey in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games would be successful.[12]

On September 8, 2015, he ran the 200 metres race, part of the Hanžeković Memorial in Zagreb timed in 19.88. At the time that ranked him tied for the 34th best performer of all time and #6 for 2015.

On August 10, 2017, he won the men's 200 metre race at the London 2017 IAAF World Championship in a time of 20.09.[13][14]


He was trained by his father Eldar Quliyev until the latter's death from a heart attack in June 2010.[15][16]


Event Date Venue Time (seconds)
60 metres 13 January 2012 Sumy, Ukraine 6.58 NR
100 metres 6 July 2017 Bursa, Turkey 9.97
200 metres 08 September 2015 Zagreb, Croatia 19.88 NR
300 metres 27 July 2016 Karlstad, Sweden 32.61
  • All information from IAAF Profile[17]


  1. ^ Господа чиновники, извинитесь перед Рамилем Гулиевым!
  2. ^ Azərbaycan atleti Ramil Quliyev dünya çempionatına mübarizə aparacaq (in Azerbaijani)
  3. ^ Рамиль Гулиев завоевал вторую золотую медаль для Азербайджана на Универсиаде (in Russian)
  4. ^ "Turkey win their first ever gold at World Championship". Sky Sports. 11 August 2017. 
  5. ^ Minshull, Phil (2009-07-25). Lemaître sets European Junior 100m record - Euro Jnr Champs, Day 2. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-07-25.
  6. ^ Jalaka, Mirko. Ramil Guliyev Azerbaijan. European Athletics. Retrieved on 2009-07-17.
  7. ^ Mulkeen, John (2009-08-08). Men's 200m - PREVIEW. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-08.
  8. ^ http://www.iaaf.org/statistics/toplists/inout=o/age=j/season=0/sex=M/all=y/legal=A/disc=200/detail.html
  9. ^ France's Lemaître named men's European Athletics Rising Star. European Athletics (2009-09-28). Retrieved on 2009-10-31.
  10. ^ "Результаты Рамиля Гулиева за три года будут засчитываться за Азербайджан". Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  11. ^ Minshull, Phil (2011-05-20). Ramil Guliyev to miss Worlds, Olympics as transfer turns sour. Universal Sports. Retrieved on 2011-05-31.
  12. ^ Azad Rahimov: Guliyev Requires Too Much. 1news.az. 4 July 2012.
  13. ^ "Ramil Guliyev tears up the script in 200m to eclipse Wayde van Niekerk". The Guardian. 11 August 2017. 
  14. ^ "Ramil Guliyev shocks Wayde van Niekerk and Isaac Makwala to win World Championships 200m final as Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake misses out". Daily Mail. 11 August 2017. 
  15. ^ Чемпионат Европы без Рамиля Гулиева (in Russian)
  16. ^ Azərbaycanlı sprinterin atası vəfat edib (in Azerbaijani)
  17. ^ "Ramil Guliyev, Athlete Profile". IAAF.org. Retrieved 2017-08-10. 

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