The story of the Wings for Life World run that leaves a mark: the best Sayer Yakimovich

Travel with the motto “Run for those who can’t run” Wings for Life World RunThe 2022 version is just days away. We continue to hear inspirational stories from Berceste Şeber before this meaningful race, which provides funding for spinal paralysis research. Our next guest Best Sawyer Yakimovich.

In front of us is one of the most important female triathletes in Turkey, who was then a national swimmer but is now a national swimmer. So, how did the best in sports from birth transform from swimming to triathlon? Let’s start the journey of the best iconic story, for her inspiring family, her struggle in triathlon as a woman, her dedication to her training routine and much more!

Best Sawyer Yakimovich He defines himself as a triathlete who has embraced the sport as a way of life, trained to compete as a professional athlete, but loves to represent his country in the world, improving day by day. ‘I’m not a professional athlete because I don’t make any money from it. But I have a lifestyle that they at least do as much as I do. I am currently working in corporate life. I can continue my business life in my busy sports life because my job is an application based on sports and fitness. With the knowledge and experience I get from the world of sports I create content in the application. So my business and sports both feed each other. ‘

Sebastiel Yakimovi of Sebasti সেরাn and best of service

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For the best, the fact that his family is involved in sports and they have been instructing him in sports since he himself was not aware of what he wanted or did not want, one of the biggest reasons he made sports a way. Life is where he is today. ‘My dad was a guy who always started playing sports, running and then triathlon, even after university. My mother was already on the track and field team in high school and college. At the time, the ITU did not even have a women’s athletics team. In fact, my mother was the only athlete, and she made a scrapie team with her own nails. Therefore, despite her views on the place of women in sports at that time, my mother is one who knows very well how to go somewhere on her own. And she has always been an idol for me. However, my mother is now a marathon runner. He has 15 marathons. If you tell someone who runs Bebek Beach in Istanbul, everyone usually gives me my mother’s name. They even block her way, saying, ‘Are you running to the beach, Bebek?’ Saying they don’t know me, they know my mother. My wife is also a triathlete. When I was showing my wife her photos to introduce her to my family, she said to me, ‘I know your mother, isn’t she the one who runs to the beach in the morning? He asked. It turns out that my wife greets my mother every morning. There is no one who runs to the beach and does not recognize him. Of course, when there was such passion and awareness towards sports, they started me swimming when I was 6 years old. I loved it from the beginning. If my family hadn’t given me sports, I probably wouldn’t have come this far. ‘

If my family hadn’t given me sports, I probably wouldn’t have come this far.

The best, who had a lot of success in swimming, probably had to go through a lot of athletes selection process at the end of high school. Education life? Or is it a professional sport? ‘Swimming has helped me a lot to be successful, to prove what I can do and to have discipline. I swam in the national team, competed in important competitions. But when I realized that college would not work anymore, I thought I should stop. Swimming existed in my life, but it was not so competitive. ‘

Best Sawyer Yakimovich

Best Sawyer Yakimovich

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In addition to his family’s influence on his swimming career, he bought the first bike with his father when he moved to the triathlon, and his best triathlon career began with his first championship race. After I entered the Bosphorus, I joined the university swimming team. But after one point I got tired of swimming. I like a break. At that time, I also signed up for the university sailing team. But I saw that I was not so good. Because it was a team game. But I was used to being alone. I preferred to be alone, doing most of the work myself. When I was on that quest, in 2013, after my family said ‘come with us and run’, my adventure to run with them began. Many people were running on the beach. I was just starting to join the team. When I said I started running, I was the first to run as a person who didn’t know how to run. Of course, it was related to the infrastructure of growing up in sports from an early age. I knew what it meant to be tired, what the limits were. Because even though I was dying, I wanted to cross that line somehow. At that time, the father said, ‘You already swim, you drive well, so let’s go to the triathlon together with the bike’. We bought our first bike together. When he tried to inspire me, he was inspired too. We joined a triathlon club, formed a team. At that time a handful of people were doing triathlon. There was no extensive training, we were working according to our minds. But I really enjoyed doing those workouts with my dad. Later, we participated in the first race with my father. He’s the first at his age, and I’m the first at my age. We went to the stage together, gave each other our flowers. It was a very special moment for me. ‘

When Best enters college, he decides to stop swimming. Although he was very upset about it at that time, many more happiness and opportunities have come in his life due to the decision he has taken today. ‘I didn’t really want to give up swimming. I was very upset that day. Because I worked hard. I wondered what would happen if I continued. I didn’t know if I would succeed in my academic career. But now I see that if I had swum in America, I would not be in triathlon right now. The choice I made was something I wished I hadn’t made that day. But today, thanks to that, I have both my sport and my career. ‘

Although he does not make money from triathlon, he does it professionally. His inner motivation is too much. Even if he doesn’t earn money to be a triathlete, he sees it as a part-time job, the best proof of his commitment to the sport. ‘I always love to play sports. But if I do that hard work, I want to get paid for it. Although I don’t show it too much, I’m very ambitious. So I am willing to do anything to reach that goal. If necessary, I reduce my sleep, but I do that workout every morning. When I go to work, I definitely focus on work, I never think about evening workouts. But no matter what time I go home in the evening, I definitely do that workout. I see this as a responsibility, even as my second job. The feeling of contentment feeds me more than the money I get there. Although I was unable to get on stage, let me know that I have improved and that the level I have reached is enough for me. ‘

Best Sawyer Yakimovich

Best Sawyer Yakimovich

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One of the best female triathletes in the process fought some of the superstitions, beyond the expectations of people when it comes to Ironman. They said to me, ‘You are small, you are small, you are weak, how do you do what you do. There are still people to talk to but in fact, women’s stamina is as good as men’s, and it’s not something that people notice too much. As women we are just as resilient as men. In fact, I can run long distances more comfortably in the heat than my wife. When he finishes the race tired and exhausted, I can say ‘oh it’s not so hot’. Being smaller, being more profitable, consuming less energy works for us. ‘

He sees his mark as a little bit of inspiration, a little bit of inspiration and it shows that even an ordinary person can do it. ‘I am a normal person. I’m not an athlete. People can easily compare me to themselves. They can’t even imagine that a woman in particular can do it. But if I can do it, others can too. I love showing people this perspective. Before going for a morning run, I share on social media ‘It’s very cold today, but get on the train after getting dressed’. I try to inspire people. Of course, I don’t have time to run with everyone, or we’re not at the same pace, but when I trigger the thought that you can get up and run very early in the morning, when I realize to them that it may not be difficult, they can take this path too. . I meet a lot of people who say, ‘We started running because of you’. It inspires me a lot. ‘

I always love to play sports. But if I do that hard work, I want to get paid for it. Although I don’t show it too much, I’m very ambitious.

Wings for Life World RunThe best, who will be participating for the first time, see this race as a race where everyone can see the finish line and there is no rate. ‘It’s a race that appeals to everyone from young to old, from the slowest to the fastest. If you want to run 5 km or 50 km, you can finish the race. The race ends when the catch car catches you. But it shows that everyone has won, not actually lost. It affects me a lot. Because it is an experience that can inspire a lot of people. At the same time, it’s a different feeling to know that I can’t run for myself. Because when you run for yourself, you can feel more free, you can slow down whenever you want. But running there is a much more important responsibility for someone else. Although I had been injured before, when I ran for an association for a social responsibility in the Barcelona Marathon, I finished that race. That is why this race will be very special for me. ‘

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