Turkey at the 2016 Summer Olympics

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Turkey at the
2016 Summer Olympics
Flag of Turkey.svg
IOC code TUR
NOC Turkish National Olympic Committee
Website olimpiyat.org.tr (in English) (in Turkish)
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors 103 in 21 sports
Flag bearer Rıza Kayaalp (opening)[1]
Taha Akgul (closing)
Medals
Ranked 41st
Gold
1
Silver
3
Bronze
4
Total
8
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
1906 Intercalated Games

Turkey competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. Since the nation's debut in 1908, Turkish athletes have appeared in every edition of the Summer Olympic Games, except for three different occasions. Turkey failed to register any athletes at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, did not attend the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles at the period of worldwide Great Depression, and also joined the United States-led boycott, when Moscow hosted the 1980 Summer Olympics. The Turkish team consisted of 103 athletes, 55 men and 48 women, across twenty-one sports.[2]

Turkey returned home from Rio de Janeiro with eight medals (one gold, three silver, and four bronze), a vast improvement on the nation's overall medal count from the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.[3] Five of these medals were awarded to the wrestlers, including a sole golden glory from double world champion Taha Akgül in the men's super heavyweight freestyle (125 kg), and a runner-up feat from reigning world and multiple-time European champion Rıza Kayaalp in the Greco-Roman side, despite of his failing attempt to avert a historic golden "three-peat" set forth by his Cuban rival Mijaín López.[4][5]

Apart from the wrestlers, three Turkish athletes collected the rest of the country's medals in their respective individual sports. Among them were Cuban-born track sprinter Yasmani Copello in the men's 400 m hurdles, taekwondo fighter Nur Tatar in the women's welterweight division (67 kg), and Turkmen-born weightlifter Daniyar İsmayilov, who ended the country's momentary medal drought in his signature sport with a scintillating silver in the men's 69 kg category.[6]

Medalists[edit]

Competitors[edit]

The Turkish Olympic Committee (Turkish: Türkiye Milli Olimpiyat Komitesi, TMOK) fielded a roster of 103 athletes, 55 men and 48 women, to compete across twenty-one different sports at these Games; it was the nation's second-largest delegation sent to the Olympics, relatively smaller by eleven athletes than in London four years earlier.[2] Women's basketball was the only collective sport in which Turkey qualified for the Games, having returned to the Olympic scene for the second straight time. These Games also witnessed several Turkish athletes compete for the first time in the women's modern pentathlon, as well as in equestrian jumping (1960) and fencing (1984) after long years of absence.

Track and field accounted for the most number of athletes on the Turkish team by an individual-based sport, with 31 entries (20 men and 11 women). There was only a single competitor each in badminton, sprint kayaking, equestrian jumping, fencing, modern pentathlon, and tennis.

The Turkish roster featured all three medalists returning from London 2012, namely taekwondo fighters Nur Tatar (women's 67 kg) and defending titleholder Servet Tazegül (men's 68 kg), and Greco-Roman wrestler Rıza Kayaalp, who entered his third straight Games as the reigning world champion, a multiple-time European champion, and a top medal favorite in the super heavyweight category. Because of his sporting successes, Kayaalp was nominated by TMOK to become the country's flag bearer in the opening ceremony.[1][7]

Nearly a quarter of the Turkish athletes representing at these Games were born in the overseas, with several of them coming from Africa and former Soviet nations. Among the foreign-born athletes were track sprinters Jak Ali Harvey (Jamaica) and Ramil Guliyev (Azerbaijan), track hurdler Yasmani Copello (Cuba), breaststroke swimmer and four-time world junior champion Zeynep Güneş (Ukraine), three-time Olympians Melek Hu (table tennis player, China) and Karin Melis Mey (long jumper, South Africa), and world-ranked weightlifter Daniyar İsmayilov (Turkmenistan).[8]

Other notable athletes on the Turkish squad included sailing brothers Ateş and Deniz Çınar in the men's 470 class, double world champion and top medal favorite Taha Akgül in the men's super heavyweight freestyle (125 kg), and hammer thrower and 2004 bronze medalist Eşref Apak, who headed the roster as the lone competitor going to his fourth straight Olympics. Seventeen-year-old gymnast Tutya Yılmaz was Turkey's youngest athlete of the Games, with pistol shooter and three-time Olympian Yusuf Dikeç rounding out the field as the oldest competitor (aged 43).

Archery[edit]

One Turkish archer has qualified each for the men's and women's individual recurve at the Olympics by securing one of three available Olympic spots at the 2016 European Championships in Nottingham, Great Britain.[9]

Athlete Event Ranking round Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Score Seed Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Mete Gazoz Men's individual 661 29  Plihon (FRA)
W 6*–5
 van den Berg (NED)
L 3–7
Did not advance
Yasemin Ecem Anagöz Women's individual 638 25  Lipiarska-Pałka (POL)
W 6*–5
 Valencia (MEX)
L 5–6*
Did not advance

Athletics[edit]

Turkish athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event):[10][11]

Key
  • Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
  • Q = Qualified for the next round
  • q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
  • NR = National record
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round

Men
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Jak Ali Harvey 100 m Bye 10.14 2 Q 10.03 4 Did not advance
200 m 20.58 6 N/A Did not advance
Ramil Guliyev 200 m 20.23 2 Q N/A 20.09 4 q 20.43 8
İlham Tanui Özbilen 1500 m 3:49.02 13 N/A Did not advance
Ali Kaya 5000 m 14:05.34 19 N/A Did not advance
Ali Kaya 10000 m N/A DNF
Polat Kemboi Arıkan N/A 27:35.50 13
Yasmani Copello 400 m hurdles 49.52 1 Q N/A 48.61 3 q 47.92 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Aras Kaya 3000 m steeplechase 8:32.35 8 N/A Did not advance
Halil Akkaş 8:33.12 7 N/A Did not advance
Tarık Langat Akdağ DNF N/A Did not advance
Emre Zafer Barnes
Umutcan Cumali Emektaş
Jak Ali Harvey
Ramil Guliyev
İzzet Safer
Furkan Şen
4 × 100 m relay 38.30 4 N/A Did not advance
Bekir Karayel Marathon N/A 2:31:27 126
Ercan Muslu N/A 2:18:40 51
Kaan Kigen Özbilen N/A 2:14:11 17
Ersin Tacir 20 km walk N/A 1:22.53 30
Mert Atlı N/A 1:31.36 62
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Şeref Osmanoğlu Triple jump NM Did not advance
Eşref Apak Hammer throw 70.08 15 Did not advance
Women
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Final
Result Rank Result Rank
Yasemin Can 5000 m 15:19.50 2 Q 14:56.96 6
10000 m N/A 30:26.41 7
Meryem Akda 3000 m steeplechase 9:50.28 14 Did not advance
Özlem Kaya 9:32.03 9 Did not advance
Tuğba Güvenç 9:49.93 14 Did not advance
Esma Aydemir Marathon N/A 2:39.59 58
Sultan Haydar N/A 2:53.57 111
Meryem Erdoğan N/A 2:54.04 112
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Karin Melis Mey Long jump 6.49 14 Did not advance
Emel Dereli Shot put 17.01 24 Did not advance
Kıvılcım Kaya Hammer throw 64.79 26 Did not advance
Tuğçe Şahutoğlu 67.05 21 Did not advance

Badminton[edit]

Turkey has qualified one badminton player for the women's singles into the Olympic tournament. Özge Bayrak had claimed her Olympic spot as one of top 34 individual shuttlers in the BWF World Rankings as of 5 May 2016.[12]

Athlete Event Group Stage Elimination Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Özge Bayrak Women's singles  Cicognini (ITA)
W (21–14, 21–9)
 Bae Y-j (KOR)
L (11–21, 7–21)
2 Did not advance

Basketball[edit]

Women's tournament[edit]

Turkey women's basketball team qualified for the Olympics with a quarterfinal victory at the 2016 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Nantes, France.[13]

Team roster

The following is the Turkey roster in the women's basketball tournament of the 2016 Summer Olympics.[14]

Turkey women's national basketball team – 2016 Summer Olympics roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
PG 4 Çakır, Olcay 23 – (1993-07-13)13 July 1993 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) Fenerbahçe Turkey
PF 5 Canıtez, Tuğçe 25 – (1990-11-10)10 November 1990 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Fenerbahçe Turkey
PG 7 Vardarlı, Birsel 32 – (1984-07-12)12 July 1984 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Fenerbahçe Turkey
C 8 Ural, Esra 24 – (1991-08-18)18 August 1991 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Abdullah Gül Turkey
PF 9 Çağlar, Bahar 27 – (1988-09-28)28 September 1988 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Galatasaray Turkey
PG 10 Alben, Işıl 30 – (1986-02-22)22 February 1986 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in) Galatasaray Turkey
C 11 Yılmaz, Nevriye 36 – (1980-06-16)16 June 1980 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) Galatasaray Turkey
C 12 Sanders, LaToya 29 – (1986-09-11)11 September 1986 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Abdullah Gül Turkey
SG 13 Cora, Ayşe 23 – (1993-03-03)3 March 1993 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Beşiktaş Turkey
F 14 İvegin, Şaziye 34 – (1982-02-08)8 February 1982 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Beşiktaş Turkey
PF 15 Şenyürek, Tilbe 21 – (1995-04-26)26 April 1995 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) Botaşspor Turkey
PF 33 Kimyacıoğlu, Şebnem 33 – (1983-06-14)14 June 1983 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) Yakın Doğu Turkey
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Turkey Aziz Akkaya
  • Turkey Murat Bilge
Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 6 August 2016
Group play
Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Australia 5 5 0 400 345 +55 10 Quarter-finals
2  France 5 3 2 344 343 +1 8[a]
3  Turkey 5 3 2 324 325 −1 8[a]
4  Japan 5 3 2 386 378 +8 8[a]
5  Belarus 5 1 4 347 361 −14 6
6  Brazil (H) 5 0 5 335 384 −49 5
Source: FIBA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head results; 3) Points difference; 4) Points scored.
(H) Host.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Head-to-head record: France 3 pts, +8 PD; Turkey 3 pts, −2 PD; Japan 3 pts, −6 PD
6 August 2016 (2016-08-06)
12:00
Turkey  39–55  France
Scoring by quarter: 16–8, 3–14, 16–19, 4–14
Pts: Yılmaz 16
Rebs: Yılmaz 6
Asts: Vardarlı 5
Pts: Michel, Miyem 14
Rebs: Yacoubou 11
Asts: Epoupa 5
Youth Arena, Rio de Janeiro
Attendance: 2,042
Referees: Guilherme Locatelli (BRA), Scott Beker (AUS), Natalia Cuello (DOM)

7 August 2016 (2016-08-07)
17:30
Australia  61–56  Turkey
Scoring by quarter: 12–15, 14–14, 17–12, 18–15
Pts: Cambage 22
Rebs: Cambage 11
Asts: three players 3
Pts: Sanders 25
Rebs: Sanders 7
Asts: Vardarlı 7
Youth Arena, Rio de Janeiro
Attendance: 1,853
Referees: Anne Panther (GER), Leandro Lezcano (ARG), Carlos Peruga (ESP)

9 August 2016 (2016-08-09)
17:45
Turkey  76–62  Japan
Scoring by quarter: 24–9, 14–14, 19–16, 19–23
Pts: Sanders 36
Rebs: Çağlar 9
Asts: Alben, Çakır 5
Pts: Tokashiki 13
Rebs: Tokashiki 7
Asts: Yoshida 7
Youth Arena, Rio de Janeiro
Attendance: 2,624
Referees: Oļegs Latiševs (LAT), Ferdinand Pascual (PHI), Chanihaz Boussetta (MAR)

11 August 2016 (2016-08-11)
12:15
Belarus  71–74  Turkey
Scoring by quarter: 19–13, 14–20, 21–24, 17–17
Pts: Harding 17
Rebs: Leuchanka 10
Asts: Verameyenka 7
Pts: Yılmaz 26
Rebs: Sanders 11
Asts: Vardarlı 7
Youth Arena, Rio de Janeiro
Attendance: 1,784
Referees: Carlos Peruga (ESP), Hwang In-tae (KOR), Carlos Júlio (ANG)

13 August 2016 (2016-08-13)
15:30
Turkey  79–76 (2OT)  Brazil
Scoring by quarter: 8–15, 12–21, 21–11, 19–13, Overtime: 10–10, 9–6
Pts: Sanders 23
Rebs: Sanders 10
Asts: Alben 5
Pts: Castro 22
Rebs: Dos Santos 12
Asts: Castro 8
Youth Arena, Rio de Janeiro
Attendance: 3,075
Referees: Juan Carlos García (ESP), Hwang In-tae (KOR), Piotr Pastusiak (POL)
Quarter-final
16 August 2016 (2016-08-16)
14:30
Spain  64–62  Turkey
Scoring by quarter: 12–17, 17–8, 13–22, 22–15
Pts: Cruz 14
Rebs: Torrens 11
Asts: Cruz 6
Pts: Sanders 22
Rebs: Sanders 10
Asts: Alben 6
Carioca Arena 1, Rio de Janeiro
Attendance: 6,565
Referees: Cristiano Maranho (BRA), Anne Panther (GER), Leandro Lezcano (ARG)

Boxing[edit]

Turkey has entered five boxers to compete in the following weight classes into the Olympic boxing tournament. Onur Şipal became the first Turkish boxer to be selected to the Olympic team with a top two finish of his respective weight division in the AIBA Pro Boxing series.[15][16] Meanwhile, three further boxers (Gozgec, Ünal, and Demirezen) had claimed their Olympic spots with box-off victories at the 2016 European Qualification Tournament in Samsun.[17]

London 2012 Olympian Selçuk Eker secured an additional Olympic place on the Turkish roster at the 2016 AIBA World Qualifying Tournament in Baku, Azerbaijan, while Şipal's younger brother Önder completed the boxing lineup with his box-off triumph at the 2016 APB and WSB Olympic Qualifier in Vargas, Venezuela.[18]

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Selçuk Eker Men's flyweight  Hu Jg (CHN)
L 1–2
Did not advance
Batuhan Gözgeç Men's light welterweight  Smaila (CMR)
W 3–0
 Teixeira (BRA)
W 3–0
 Harutyunyan (GER)
L 0–3
Did not advance
Onur Şipal Men's welterweight  Chamov (BUL)
L 0–3
Did not advance
Önder Şipal Men's middleweight  Muziyo (ZAM)
W 2–1
 Yadav (IND)
L 0–3
Did not advance
Mehmet Nadir Ünal Men's light heavyweight  Saada (MAR)
W WO
 La Cruz (CUB)
L 0–3
Did not advance
Ali Eren Demirezen Men's super heavyweight Bye  Hrgović (CRO)
L 0–3
Did not advance

Canoeing[edit]

Sprint[edit]

Turkish canoeists have qualified one boat in each of the following events through the 2015 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships.[19]

Athlete Event Heats Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Lasma Liepa Women's K-1 200 m 41.760 4 Q 41.866 7 Did not advance
Women's K-1 500 m 1:59.581 5 Q 2:08.450 7 Did not advance

Qualification Legend: FA = Qualify to final (medal); FB = Qualify to final B (non-medal)

Cycling[edit]

Road[edit]

Turkish riders qualified for a maximum of two quota places in the men's Olympic road race by virtue of their top 15 final national ranking in the 2015 UCI Europe Tour.[20]

Athlete Event Time Rank
Onur Balkan Men's road race Did not finish
Ahmet Örken Men's road race Did not finish
Men's time trial 1:27:37.41 34

Equestrian[edit]

Turkey has entered one jumping rider into the Olympic equestrian competition by virtue of a top national finish from Central & Eastern Europe in the individual FEI Olympic Rankings.[21] This signified the nation's Olympic return to the sport for the first time since 1960.

Jumping[edit]

Athlete Horse Event Qualification Final Total
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round A Round B
Penalties Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Rank
Ömer Karaevli Roso au Crosnier Individual 13 61 Did not advance

Fencing[edit]

Turkey has entered one fencer into the Olympic competition, signifying the nation's sporting comeback for the first time since 1984. İrem Karamete had claimed her Olympic spot in the women's foil by finishing among the top four individuals at the European Zonal Qualifier in Prague, Czech Republic.

Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
İrem Karamete Women's foil Bye  Thibus (FRA)
L 6–15
Did not advance

Gymnastics[edit]

Artistic[edit]

Turkey has entered two artistic gymnasts into the Olympic competition. Ferhat Arican and Tutya Yılmaz had claimed their Olympic spots each in the men's and women's apparatus and all-around events, respectively, at the Olympic Test Event in Rio de Janeiro.[22][23]

Men
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Apparatus Total Rank Apparatus Total Rank
F PH R V PB HB F PH R V PB HB
Ferhat Arican All-around 13.133 13.866 13.733 13.533 14.733 13.633 82.631 41 Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Apparatus Total Rank Apparatus Total Rank
V UB BB F V UB BB F
Tutya Yılmaz All-around 13.733 12.166 14.500 12.733 53.132 42 Did not advance

Judo[edit]

Turkey has qualified a total of four judokas for the following weight classes at the Games. London 2012 Olympian Bekir Özlü (previously competed for Georgia), Dilara Lokmanhekim, and Kayra Sayit were ranked among the top 22 eligible judokas for men and top 14 for women in the IJF World Ranking List of May 30, 2016, while Büşra Katipoğlu at women's half-middleweight (63 kg) earned a continental quota spot from the European region, as the highest-ranked Turkish judoka outside of direct qualifying position.[24]

Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Bekir Özlü Men's −60 kg Bye  McKenzie (GBR)
L 000–003
Did not advance
Dilara Lokmanhekim Women's −48 kg N/A  Carrillo (MEX)
L 000–100
Did not advance
Büşra Katipoğlu Women's −63 kg N/A  Nikoloska (MKD)
W 000–000 S
 Agbegnenou (FRA)
L 000–102
Did not advance
Kayra Sayit Women's +78 kg N/A Bye  Mojica (PUR)
W 102–000
 Yu S (CHN)
L 000–111
Did not advance  Chikhrouhou (TUN)
W 100–000
 Yamabe (JPN)
L 000–010
5

Modern pentathlon[edit]

Turkey has received an invitation from UIPM to send İlke Özyüksel in the women's modern pentathlon to the Olympics for the first time, as one of the next highest-ranked individuals, not yet qualified, in the World Rankings as of June 1, 2016.[25]

Athlete Event Fencing
(épée one touch)
Swimming
(200 m freestyle)
Riding
(show jumping)
Combined: shooting/running
(10 m air pistol)/(3200 m)
Total points Final rank
RR BR Rank MP points Time Rank MP points Penalties Rank MP points Time Rank MP Points
İlke Özyüksel Women's 10–25 0 35 160 2:17.79 19 287 EL =31 0 12:49.98 12 531 978 35

Rowing[edit]

Turkey has qualified one boat in the men's lightweight double sculls for the Olympics by virtue of a top two finish at the 2016 European & Final Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Athlete Event Heats Repechage Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Hüseyin Kandemir
Cem Yılmaz
Men's lightweight double sculls 6:41.67 5 R 7:13.49 5 SC/D 7:24.14 2 FC 6:47.06 16

Qualification Legend: FA=Final A (medal); FB=Final B (non-medal); FC=Final C (non-medal); FD=Final D (non-medal); FE=Final E (non-medal); FF=Final F (non-medal); SA/B=Semifinals A/B; SC/D=Semifinals C/D; SE/F=Semifinals E/F; QF=Quarterfinals; R=Repechage

Sailing[edit]

Turkish sailors have qualified one boat in each of the following classes through the individual fleet World Championships, and European qualifying regattas.[26][27]

London 2012 Olympians Alican Kaynar, Nazlı Çağla Dönertaş, and brothers Ateş Çınar and Deniz Çınar were selected to the Olympic roster under the qualifying merit. Windsurfers Dilara Uralp and Onur Cavit Biriz were added to Turkey's sailing lineup for the Games on June 24, 2016, after the nation received spare Olympic berths freed up by New Zealand and Canada, respectively, from the International Sailing Federation.[28]

Men
Athlete Event Race Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 M*
Onur Cavit Biriz RS:X 31 32 37 34 37 29 23 37 33 37 33 37 EL 363 35
Alican Kaynar Finn 2 5 6 19 19 12 8 17 12 11 N/A EL 93 13
Ateş Çınar
Deniz Çınar
470 14 19 18 12 7 15 12 18 21 5 N/A EL 120 15
Women
Athlete Event Race Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 M*
Dilara Uralp RS:X 20 19 23 24 20 21 27 21 20 20 24 19 EL 231 22
Nazlı Çağla Dönertaş Laser Radial 16 20 6 9 22 10 5 27 12 28 N/A EL 127 15

M = Medal race; EL = Eliminated – did not advance into the medal race

Shooting[edit]

Turkish shooters have achieved quota places for the following events by virtue of their best finishes at the 2014 and 2015 ISSF World Championships, the 2015 ISSF World Cup series, and European Championships or Games, as long as they obtained a minimum qualifying score (MQS) by March 31, 2016.[29]

Athlete Event Qualification Semifinal Final
Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank
Yusuf Dikeç Men's 10 m air pistol 576 21 N/A Did not advance
Men's 50 m pistol 550 22 N/A Did not advance
Yavuz İlnam Men's trap 115 13 Did not advance
Erdinç Kebapçı 108 29 Did not advance
İsmail Keleş Men's 10 m air pistol 575 24 N/A Did not advance
Men's 50 m pistol 544 29 N/A Did not advance

Qualification Legend: Q = Qualify for the next round; q = Qualify for the bronze medal (shotgun)

Swimming[edit]

Turkish swimmers have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following events (up to a maximum of 2 swimmers in each event at the Olympic Qualifying Time (OQT), and potentially 1 at the Olympic Selection Time (OST)):[30][31]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Nezir Karap Men's 400 m freestyle 3:58.37 43 N/A Did not advance
Ekaterina Avramova Women's 200 m backstroke 2:11.21 21 Did not advance
Zeynep Güneş Women's 100 m breaststroke 1:07.14 15 Q 1:07.41 14 Did not advance
Women's 200 m breaststroke 2:23.83 7 Q 2:23.49 9 Did not advance
Women's 400 m individual medley 4:41.79 18 N/A Did not advance
Nida Eliz Üstündağ Women's 200 m butterfly 2:10.02 22 Did not advance

Table tennis[edit]

Turkey has entered one athlete into the table tennis competition at the Games. Two-time Olympian Melek Hu secured one of ten available Olympic spots in the women's singles by winning the group final match at the European Qualification Tournament in Halmstad, Sweden.[32] Meanwhile, Ahmet Li was automatically selected among the top 22 eligible players in the men's singles based on the ITTF Olympic Rankings.[33]

Athlete Event Preliminary Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Ahmet Li Men's singles Bye  Wang (CAN)
L 0–4
Did not advance
Melek Hu Women's singles Bye  Chen S-y (TPE)
L 0–4
Did not advance

Taekwondo[edit]

Turkey entered two athletes into the taekwondo competition at the Olympics. 2012 Olympic featherweight champion Servet Tazegül and silver medalist Nur Tatar qualified automatically for their respective weight classes by finishing in the top 6 WTF Olympic rankings.[34][35]

Athlete Event Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Servet Tazegül Men's −68 kg  Morales (CHI)
W 14–1 PTG
 Denisenko (RUS)
L 6–19 PTG
Did not advance  Contreras (VEN)
L 4–5
Did not advance 7
Nur Tatar Women's −67 kg  Marton (AUS)
W 11–1
 Güleç (GER)
W 5–1
 Niaré (FRA)
L 0–4 SUD
Bye  Chuang C-c (TPE)
W 7–3
3rd, bronze medalist(s)

Tennis[edit]

Turkey has entered one tennis player into the Olympic tournament. Due to the withdrawal of several tennis players from the Games, Çağla Büyükakçay (world no. 77) received a spare ITF Olympic place to compete in the women's singles, as the next highest-ranked eligible player, not yet qualified, in the WTA World Rankings as of June 6, 2016.[36][37]

Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Çağla Büyükakçay Women's singles  Makarova (RUS)
L 6–3, 0–6, 6–8
Did not advance

Weightlifting[edit]

Turkish weightlifters have qualified three women's quota places for the Rio Olympics based on their combined team standing by points at the 2014 and 2015 IWF World Championships. A single men's Olympic spot had been added to the Turkish roster by virtue of a top seven national finish at the 2016 European Championships.[38] The team must allocate these places to individual athletes by June 20, 2016.

Athlete Event Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank
Daniyar Ismayilov Men's −69 kg 163 1 188 2 351 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Mehtap Kurnaz Women's −63 kg 81 14 100 13 181 13
Duygu Aynacı Women's −69 kg 90 14 110 12 200 12
Assiya Ipek Women's −75 kg 83 13 103 13 186 13

Wrestling[edit]

Turkey has qualified a total of fourteen wrestlers for each of the following weight classes into the Olympic competition. Four of them finished among the top six to book Olympic spots in the men's freestyle (86 & 125 kg), men's Greco-Roman 130 kg, and women's freestyle 58 kg at the 2015 World Championships, while three additional licenses were awarded to Turkish wrestlers, who progressed to the top two finals at the 2016 European Qualification Tournament.[39][40]

The remaining half of the Turkish roster secured their Olympic places to complete the wrestling line-up in separate World Qualification Tournaments; three of them at the initial meet in Ulaanbaatar and four more at the final meet in Istanbul.

Key:

  • VT – Victory by fall.
  • PP – Decision by points – the loser with technical points.
  • PO – Decision by points – the loser without technical points.
  • ST – Great superiority – the loser without technical points and a margin of victory of at least 8 (Greco-Roman) or 10 (freestyle) points.
  • SP – Technical superiority – the loser with technical points and a margin of victory of at least 8 (Greco-Roman) or 10 (freestyle) points.

Men's freestyle
Athlete Event Qualification Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Repechage 1 Repechage 2 Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Süleyman Atlı −57 kg Bye  Guidea (ROU)
L 1–3 PP
Did not advance 16
Mustafa Kaya −65 kg  Valdés (CUB)
L 0–5 VT
Did not advance 20
Soner Demirtaş −74 kg Bye  Pürevjav (MGL)
W 3–1 PP
 H Yazdani (IRI)
L 0–3 PO
Did not advance Bye  Castelly (HAI)
W 4–0 ST
 Usserbayev (KAZ)
W 3–0 PO
3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Selim Yaşar −86 kg Bye  Espinal (PUR)
W 3–1 PP
 Salas (CUB)
W 3–1 PP
 Cox (USA)
W 3–1 PP
Bye  Sadulaev (RUS)
L 0–3 PO
2nd, silver medalist(s)
İbrahim Bölükbaşı −97 kg  R Yazdani (IRI)
L 0–4 ST
Did not advance 17
Taha Akgül −125 kg Bye  Jargalsaikhan (MGL)
W 4–0 ST
 Saidau (BLR)
W 4–0 ST
 Berianidze (ARM)
W 3–1 PP
Bye  Ghasemi (IRI)
W 3–1 PP
1st, gold medalist(s)
Men's Greco-Roman
Athlete Event Qualification Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Repechage 1 Repechage 2 Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Selçuk Çebi −75 kg Bye  Starčević (CRO)
L 1–3 PP
Did not advance 15
Cenk İldem −98 kg Bye  Singh (IND)
W 3–1 PP
 Magomedov (RUS)
W 3–1 PP
 Aleksanyan (ARM)
L 0–4 ST
Bye  Alexuc-Ciurariu (ROU)
W 3–0 PO
3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Rıza Kayaalp −130 kg Bye  Caraballo (VEN)
W 4–0 ST
 Shariati (AZE)
W 5–0 VT
 Popp (GER)
W 4–0 ST
Bye  López (CUB)
L 0–3 PO
2nd, silver medalist(s)
Women's freestyle
Athlete Event Qualification Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Repechage 1 Repechage 2 Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Bediha Gün −53 kg Bye  Jong M-s (PRK)
L 0–4 ST
Did not advance 18
Elif Jale Yeşilırmak −58 kg Bye  Fazzari (CAN)
W 3–1 PP
 Icho (JPN)
L 1–3 PP
Did not advance Bye  Amri (TUN)
L 1–3 PP
Did not advance 9
Hafize Şahin −63 kg  Nunes (BRA)
W 5–0 VT
 Trazhukova (RUS)
L 1–3 PP
Did not advance 8
Buse Tosun −69 kg  Wieszczek (POL)
W 5–0 VT
 Dosho (JPN)
L 0–4 ST
Did not advance  Stadnyk (UKR)
W 3–1 PP
 Yeats (CAN)
L 1–3 PP
Did not advance 7
Yasemin Adar −75 kg  Cherkasova (UKR)
W 3–1 PP
 Bukina (RUS)
L 1–3 PP
Did not advance 8

See also[edit]

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