Turkish wrestler wins gold at worlds championships
Turkish Greco-Roman wrestler Metehan Başar beat Germany’s Denis Maksymilian Kudla in the 85-kg category final at the 2017 World Championships on Aug. 21 to claim the gold medal.
Başar beat Kudla 2-1 on the first day of the games in Paris, capturing his first world title.
Last May, Başar won the silver in the European Wrestling Championship held in Serbia, by beating Hungarian Viktor Lorincz 3-2.
Başar was congratulated by telegram by Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, the premier’s office said in a statement.
Sports Minister Aşkın Bak also congratulated the young wrestler and voiced his pride.
“I wish a continued success for our national wrestler who waives our flag in the international arena,” Bak said in a phone call with the champion.
Meanwhile, Turkish wrestler Fatih Cengiz lost 2-1 to Tamas Lorincz of Hungary in the 75-kg category to miss the chance of winning a bronze medal.