Mert Girmalegesse

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Mert Girmalegesse
Personal information
Birth nameShimelis Girma
Nationality Turkey
Born (1987-11-30) November 30, 1987 (age 31)
Ethiopia
Sport
SportLong distance
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)

Mert Girmalegesse, formerly Shimelis Girma (Amharic), then Selim Bayrak (Turkish),[1] (born November 30, 1987) is an Ethiopian born Turkish middle and long distance track and field athlete, running in the disciplines of 3000 m, 5000 m and also 10000 m.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Born and raised in Ethiopia, he transferred to Turkey for an amount of US$1 million. On May 15, 2008, he received Turkish citizenship and changed his name to Selim Bayrak. Two years later, he took the name Mert and changed his surname to Gırmalegese, his family's name in Ethiopia. For the reason of the repeated name change he stated that he wants to safeguard interests in his country of origin.[2]

Sports career[edit]

In 2008, he won the 5000 m at the 2008 European Cup First League group B competitions in Istanbul. In the same year he was third at the European Cross Country Championships in his own age category of men under 23 years (U23).

He finished eleventh in the 10000 m at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing with 27:29.33 and did not start in the 5000 m qualification heat 3.

In 2009, he won the 10000 m at the 2009 European Athletics U23 Championships in Kaunas and also won bronze in the 10000 m at the 2009 Mediterranean Games in Pescara.

At the 2009 European Athletics Indoor Championships he competed in 3000 m and finished fifth in Torino.[citation needed]

He is a member of the Fenerbahçe S.K. athletics club.[3]

Personal bests[edit]

Discipline Performance Place Date
1 mile 4:00:58 Istanbul, Turkey June 7, 2008
3000 m 7:45:46 NR Torino, Italy March 7, 2009
5000 m 13:26:14 NR Izmir, Turkey June 4, 2008
10000 m 27:29:31NR Beijing, China August 17, 2008
  • NR National record
  • [4]

Performance progression[edit]

Discipline Season Performance Place Date
1 mile 2008 4:00:58 Istanbul, Turkey June 7, 2008
3000 m 2009 7:45:46 Torino, Italy March 7, 2009
5000 m 2008 13:26:14 Izmir, Turkey June 4, 2008
5000 m 2009 13:55:61 Bursa, Turkey June 9, 2009
8000 m 2008 25:17 Brussels, Belgium December 14, 2008
10000 m 2008 27:45:75 Istanbul, Turkey April 12, 2008
10000 m 2008 27:29:31 Beijing, China August 17, 2008
10000 m 2009 29:36:29 Pescara, Italy July 2, 2009
10000 m 2009 29:47:15 Kaunas, Lithuania July 19, 2009

References[edit]

  1. ^ Naturalized Turkish Sportspeople
  2. ^ "Bayrak'ı beğenmedi". Sabah (in Turkish). 2010-06-09.
  3. ^ Selim signed for Fenerbahce[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Personal best from iaaf.org
  5. ^ Personal progression from iaaf.org

External links[edit]

Mert Girmalegesse at IAAF