Turkey bags 4 more medals on last day of para athletics

By Erbil Basay

BERLIN (AA) – Turkey won four more medals on Sunday, the seventh and last day of the 2018 Para Athletics European Championships in Germany.

The last day games in Berlin’s Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn Sportpark included men’s 400m (T12 category) and 5000m (T11 category), as well as women’s 800m (T53/54 category).

Oguz Akbulut completed the men’s 400m in 49.92 seconds bagging the gold medal.

Akbulut has also beaten Germany’s Thomas Ulbricht’s championship record of 50.27 seconds.

In the same event, Turkey’s Hakan Cira also won the bronze medal completing the race in 50.40 seconds.

Portuguese Luis Gonzales won silver at 50.33 seconds.

In the men’s 5000m, Turkish athlete Hasan Huseyin Kacar won bronze completing the race in 16:48.36.

Spain's Manuel Garnica bagged gold, finishing in 16:40.08 and Poland's Aleksander Kossakowski won silver at 16:45.26.

In women’s 800m, Turkish athlete Hamide Kurt won the bronze medal with a timing of 2:06.13.

Kurt also won two gold medals in earlier events of the 2018 para athletics.

Netherlands’ Margriet van den Broek won gold with a timing of 2:05.53 and Sweden’s Alexandra Heilbring won silver at 2:05.95.

Turkey came in the 12th place with a total of 19 medals, including five gold, six silver and eight bronze.

Poland claimed the first place with 61 medals in total, 26 of which are gold.

The U.K. and Ukraine came second and third, with a total of 50 and 49 medals respectively.

*Sena Guler in Ankara contributed to this report

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