Ömer Çubukçu (born May 10, 1980 in Pasinler, Erzurum) is a retired amateur Turkish freestyle wrestler, who competed in the men's welterweight category.[1] He won a bronze medal in the 63-kg division at the 2001 Mediterranean Games in Tunis, Tunisia, and also represented his nation Turkey at the 2004 Summer Olympics, finishing seventh in the process. Throughout his sporting career, Cubukcu trained full-time for Şekerspor Wrestling Club in Ankara under his personal coach Gürsel Uzunca.[2][3]

Ömer Çubukçu
Personal information
Full nameÖmer Çubukçu
Nationality Turkey
Born (1980-05-10) 10 May 1980 (age 39)
Pasinler, Erzurum, Turkey
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight66 kg (146 lb)
Sport
SportWrestling
StyleFreestyle
ClubŞekerspor Wrestling Club
CoachGürsel Uzunca

Cubukcu emerged into sporting fame at the 2001 Mediterranean Games in Tunis, Tunisia, where he ousted his Egyptian rival Ibrahim Hassan for the bronze medal in the 63-kg division.[4] He also picked up two more medals to his career hardware with a similar color in the men's 66 kg class at the European Championships (2003 and 2004).

At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Cubukcu qualified for the Turkish squad in the men's welterweight class (66 kg). Earlier in the process, he placed fourth from the Olympic Qualification Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria to guarantee his spot on the Turkish wrestling team to the Games.[5][6] Cubukcu dominated the prelim pool matches by thrashing two-time Olympian Štefan Fernyák of Slovakia (5–1) and Hungary's Gábor Hatos (3–1) to secure him a place for the medal rounds. As he faced against Russia's Makhach Murtazaliev in the quarterfinals, Cubukcu could not display a phenomenal maneuver from the prelims, and lost the match with a comfortable 0–6 decision, placing seventh in the final standings.[7][8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Ömer Çubukçu". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Türkiye Serbest Güreş Şampiyonası Sona Erdi" [Turkish freestyle wrestling championships ended] (in Turkish). Haberler. 13 January 2008. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Genç güreşçilerimiz Avrupa kantarına çıkıyor" [Our young wrestlers involved in the European scale] (in Turkish). Zaman. 12 June 2002. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  4. ^ Tarhan, Avni (13 September 2001). "Güreşte Akdeniz'in kralıyız" [Wrestling king of the Mediterranean] (in Turkish). Zaman. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  5. ^ Abbott, Gary (18 July 2004). "Olympic Games preview at 66 kg/145.5 lbs. in men's freestyle". USA Wrestling. The Mat. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  6. ^ Karadaş, Bülent (3 August 2004). "Atina Olimpiyatları'na katılacak kafile belirlendi" [Which of these delegates will participate at the Athens Olympics] (in Turkish). Zaman. Archived from the original on 9 August 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Wrestling: Men's Freestyle 66kg". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 15 August 2004. Retrieved 30 September 2013.
  8. ^ "Tek savaşçı Polatçı" [Polatçı is the last man standing] (in Turkish). Sabah. 28 August 2004. Retrieved 9 August 2014.

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