Yaşar Erkan

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Yaşar Erkan
Medal record
Men's Greco-Roman wrestling
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1936 Berlin Featherweight
Balkan Championships
Gold medal – first place 1933 Istanbul, Turkey Featherweight
Gold medal – first place 1934 Istanbul, Turkey Featherweight
Gold medal – first place 1935 Istanbul, Turkey Featherweight
Gold medal – first place 1937 Izmir, Turkey Featherweight

Yaşar Erkan (30 April 1911 in Erzincan – 18 May 1986) was a Turkish sports wrestler, who became first Olympic gold medalist for Turkey in the Featherweight class of Men's Greco-Roman Wrestling.

Son of a renowned wrestler for yağlı güreş (oil wrestling), he moved with his family from their village İspidi in the Refahiye district of Erzincan Province to Istanbul at 4 years of age. In 1933, he was admitted to the national team and won the Balkan Championship the same year. Yaşar Erkan repeated his title wins in the following two years 1934 and 1935. In 1936, he became the first ever Turkish sportsman to win a gold medal at the Olympics. Before retiring in 1940, he won the Balkan Championship once again in 1937 in İzmir.

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