The Gümüşhane stage of the Mountain Running Water Championship, which is part of the Turkish Athletics Federation’s 2022 activity program, is over.
The competition, which was held for the first time in Gümüshane, was held in the yellow pine forest of Promenade. More than 200 athletes competed in 6 divisions, U18, U20 and adult men’s and women’s tracks. Athletes ran 5.3 and 10.6 kilometers on the tracks created in the Karşıyaka district recreation area.
Medical teams in the area intervened among the athletes, who fell ill due to hot weather, difficult terrain and 280-meter altitude differences.
Evaluating the track, which has a height difference of 280 meters between start and peak, federation officials said the track, built for the first time in Gumushan, is world-class.
As a result of the competition, Abdullah Chakir came first, Ridvan Tas second and Recep Aslan third in the men’s 10.6 km. In the women’s division, Dilek Ozturk came first, Urkush Isk second, Gizem Nur Keskin third.
Turan Akyun came first, Harvan Haikki second and Shaheen Durmaj third in the men’s 5.3km U20. Among the U20 girls, Gamze Altuntaş came first, Merve Karakaya second and Dilan Çukurçam third.
In the men’s 5.3km U18, Yasin Ozan came first, Rozan Baban second and Baris Demirtas third. In the same category for girls, Berivan Topuz, Freud Gulsen and Gulkan Duman came third.
Berivan Topuz, who was first in the girls’ category, picked up the phone and shared the championship with her father shortly after the race.
After the competition, the top 3 athletes in each category are awarded their medals through a ceremony.
“Most of the track is in the woods”
Muqahit Atale, provincial director of youth and sports in Gumushan, said that the Turkish Mountain Running Championship was held in Gumushan for the first time today. It was an important organization for our Gümüşhane. We had a very beautiful track, we wanted it to be a traditional structure. With such organizations, we increase sports activity in the city. This is a great experience for the athletes we train. Athletes from different provinces have come, they have seen the hospitality of the people of Gumshun. Our young people got a chance to see the beauty of our city, “he said.
“A world-class track”
Hassan Babak, Mountain Running Co-ordinator of the Turkish Athletics Federation, said that Gumushan is an important place for mountain racing and track evaluation. Erkan Muslu.After that, Abdullah Chakir, who was the Balkan champion 2 years ago, and our brother Yassin, who came first in today’s competition in U18. The championship was held, it is very valuable to us, because our esteemed provincial director took care of this organization. 280 meters height difference between the maximum points. This is a 5300-meter track. A well-prepared track is a beautiful track where water stations and necessary safety precautions are taken. I will present the athletes who have been ranked in the competition here as the national team candidate staff in the federation, ”he said.
“I called my dad as soon as I finished the race.”
Berivan Topuz, winner of the U18 girls category, called his father shortly after the race and shared his joy, saying, “I’ve run in Mugla Köyceğiz before, this is my second race. It was very difficult to climb the track, but the landing was comfortable. The track was perfect. I called my dad as soon as I finished the race, he was very happy. It was my first time here, “he said.
“I had to win because the race was in my town.”
Saying that he had worked on the track before and knew the track, Abdullah Chakir, winner of the Big Men’s section, said: “I am a three-time champion of Turkey. I was the champion of the Balkans in Romania in 2020. I was, thank God. I’ve been on this track for years. “I was already running. I was tired, yet I won. Because the race was in my hometown, I said I had to win. If I lost, I would have bitterness. I tried to go carefully because I knew the track. I was also checking my opponent’s condition. I thought I could pass. I ran carefully and finally came first, “he said