- Ruhi Sarıalp
Ruhi Sarıalp (
December 15 1924, Manisa– March 3 2001) was a Turkish track and field athlete, who competed mainly in the triple jump.
He competed for Turkey in the
1948 Summer Olympicsheld in London, Great Britainin the triple jump, where he won the bronze medal with a mark of 15.02 m.
He started athletics during his education at the military high school in
Konya. In 1945, he broke the Turkish record in triple jump. After his bronze medal jump at the Olympics, he won another bronze medal at the 1950 European Athletics Championshipsin Brussels, Belgium. He became so the first ever track and field athlete from Turkey to win a medal at the Olympics and the European Championships. Ruhi Sarıalp became champion at the World Military Athletics Championships held 1951 in Rome, Italyby breaking the World record. He repeated his first place in the same championships of 1952 [ [http://www.atletik.org/iz-sarialpruhi.htm Atletik] tr icon]
After leaving the active sports, Ruhi Sarıalp served as a lecturer for
physical educationin the School of Maritime at Istanbul Technical University(İTÜ). The indoor sports hall of İTÜ, located in the Tuzla district of Istanbul, is named after him. [ [http://www.df.itu.edu.tr/Icerik.aspx?sid=599 School of Maritime, Istanbul Technical University] tr icon] He was a member of the supreme council of the Fenerbahçe SKathletic branch Fenerbahçe Athletics. [ [http://www.angelfire.com/stars/haberler/ocha2001/ Angelfire news] tr icon] He died on March 3, 2001in Izmirdue to agonal respiration, and was laid to rest in the Edirnekapı Cemeteryin Istanbul. [ [http://arsiv.hurriyetim.com.tr/hur/turk/01/03/06/spor/28spo.htm Newpaper "Hürriyet" March 6, 2001] tr icon] He was married with Ayşe Cebesoy, a niece of the renowned Turkish statesman Ali Fuat Cebesoy. [ [http://www.aksiyon.com.tr/detay.php?id=22484 Weekly News Magazine "Aksiyon"] tr icon]
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