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Yaşar Erkan

Full name: Yaşar Erkan
Nickname(s): Kündeci
Gender: Male
Born: April 30, 1911 in Erzincan, Erzincan, Turkey
Died: May 17, 1986 in İstanbul, İstanbul, Turkey
Country: TUR Turkey
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

In 1936, Turkey won its first ever Olympic gold medal through wrestler Yaşar Erkan. A three time Balkan champion (1933-1935), Erkan entered both the Greco-Roman and freestyle competitions in the featherweight division. He was excluded after three bouts in the freestyle event, losing his last match to eventual champion Kustaa Pihlajamäki. In the Greco-Roman competition, he won his first three matches by fall, and the fourth on decision. This put him in the lead, but in round six he lost to Finland's Aarne Reini, putting him at 4 bad points, where 5 meant elimination. But in the final round, Reini only managed a 2-1 decision against Einar Karlsson, thereby eliminating himself and earning Erkan the gold medal. Erkan was personally rewarded for his victory by the nation's founder and president, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. Erkan never participated in any other major international championships, but he did win two more Balkan Championships, in 1937 and 1940.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Wrestling Men's Featherweight, Greco-Roman Turkey TUR 1 Gold
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Wrestling Men's Featherweight, Freestyle Turkey TUR AC

Men's Featherweight, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BP MR
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Wrestling Turkey TUR Final Standings 1 1936-08-06
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Wrestling Turkey TUR Final Round Match #2 AC 1936-08-09 Erkan (TUR)
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Wrestling Turkey TUR Round Six 2T 1936-08-09 4
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Wrestling Turkey TUR Round Six Match #1 2 1936-08-09 Reini (FIN) fall (4:50), Erkan (TUR) 3
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Wrestling Turkey TUR Round Five 1 1936-08-09 1
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Wrestling Turkey TUR Round Five Match #1 1 1936-08-09 Erkan (TUR) decision (3-0), Kundziņš (LAT) 1
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Wrestling Turkey TUR Round Four 1 1936-08-08 0
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Wrestling Turkey TUR Round Four Match #1 1 1936-08-08 Erkan (TUR) fall (11:50), Borgia (ITA) 0
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Wrestling Turkey TUR Round Three 1 1936-08-07 0
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Wrestling Turkey TUR Round Three Match #1 1 1936-08-07 Erkan (TUR) fall (13:46), Yoshioka (JPN) 0
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Wrestling Turkey TUR Round Two 1T 1936-08-07 0
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Wrestling Turkey TUR Round Two Match #9 AC 1936-08-07 Erkan (TUR) 0
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Wrestling Turkey TUR Round One 1T 1936-08-06 0
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Wrestling Turkey TUR Round One Match #9 1 1936-08-06 Erkan (TUR) fall (12:07), Nielsen (DEN) 0

Men's Featherweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result RE BP MR
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Wrestling Turkey TUR Final Standings AC 1936-08-02 Eliminated r3/6 7
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Wrestling Turkey TUR Round Three 8T 1936-08-04 7
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Wrestling Turkey TUR Round Three Match #5 2 1936-08-04 Pihlajamäki (FIN) fall (2:40), Erkan (TUR) 3
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Wrestling Turkey TUR Round Two 7T 1936-08-03 4
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Wrestling Turkey TUR Round Two Match #6 1 1936-08-03 Erkan (TUR) decision (3-0), Riské (BEL) 1
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Wrestling Turkey TUR Round One 9T 1936-08-02 3
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Wrestling Turkey TUR Round One Match #5 2 1936-08-02 Tóth (HUN) fall (13:23), Erkan (TUR) 3
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