Turkey’s new Olympic medalist returns home to hero’s welcome
By winning the individual men’s title at the Tokyo Games last weekend, the 22-year-old champion archer claimed first gold for Turkey.
Gazoz embraced his family and fans who were waiting for him with confetti and flowers.
“First of all, I am too young to be a role model or an icon. I may have won a gold medal, but it’s nothing to be a role model. I can only give advice to friends younger than me,” Gazoz told reporters waiting at the Istanbul Airport.
“Let them all continue their training; never give up. There is no such thing as impossible; it can happen to anyone,” Gazoz said as advice to his fellow young players.
When asked a question about the iconic photo taken during the final game, Gazoz said that his face showed what he felt inside at that moment.
“Whatever I felt on the podium at that moment, it all showed on my face. I will always be a champion as long as I am happy there,” the winner said.
Gazoz’s gold was a Turkish first in archery, a sport where fierce concentration is the watchword, and usually, South Koreans monopolize the titles.
While exiting through the terminal, the national athlete was welcomed with confetti showers, taking a memorable photo with his fans.
The archer then left the airport with a bus waiting for him.