Turkish runner becomes world champion

Turkish runner becomes world champion

Turkish runner Ramil Guliyev became world champion and gave Turkey its first gold medal in the men's 200 meters in his surprising victory at the world championships in London.

Guliyev finished the race in 20.09 seconds, ahead of South African Olympic champion Wayde van Niekerk, who took silver in 20.11 seconds. 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan congratulated the champion on Twitter.

"I am heartily congratulating Ramil Guliyev, who made us all proud by winning the World Athletics Championships in the men's 200m gold final," he said.

Fenerbahce Sports Club Chairman Aziz Yildirim also congratulated Guliyev.

“We need to thank Azerbaijan as well. Ramil has been running as the child of two states but one nation today and made us proud. He has shown and proved to the world that Turkey has existed in athletics," Anadolu Agency cited him as saying.

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