İlke Özyüksel won a bronze medal with Buğra Ünal in both the individual and mixed relay races at the World Modern Pentathlon Championship held in Egypt, and achieved an important success.
Ilke, who won the first medal for Turkey in the senior category at the World Championships with the third place in the individual, shared his feelings with AA correspondent.
Expressing that he was very happy, the national athlete said, “It was great for me individually. It was a battle that I fought mentally rather than performance. It was also an indication that we were taking firm steps on the way to Paris.” said.
Emphasizing that he is proud to be the first in Turkey in this field, İlke said, “It was great for me. For the first time in my life, I was screaming with happiness as I passed the finish. I was very happy. I also won world and European championships at a young age, but this was very different for me.” used his statements.
Pointing out that they are working with a new team, İlke continued:
“We believed a lot, but we started working with a new team a year ago. We have just started training, how will it be, will we be able to do it, will we be able to reflect on the result? There was always some hesitation. Despite this, I am very happy that we achieved this success. Because my battle is actually with myself. Coping with myself. “Once I’ve done it, the opponents don’t have much of an impact. The important thing for me is that I don’t have confidence in myself.”
“New firsts will come”
Underlining that he wants to break new ground from now on, İlke said, “There will most likely be new firsts. We are taking firm steps forward. I think we will reach one step on the podium in every race. After the season starts, with the quota competition, the target is Paris.” made its assessment.
İlke, the first Turkish modern pentathlete to compete in the Olympics, said the following about the 2024 Paris Olympics:
“I hope we will get the medal in the Olympics as well. It will be the first medal of our country in the multi-sport branch. I want to bring it to Turkey very much. The preparations for the Olympics are very intense, organized and disciplined. We are completely focused. Our team is very good in every aspect. From health to nutrition, from psychologist to physiotherapist. The team is formed. We are doing our best, I hope we will be successful.”
He will go to Hungary for the European championship.
Reminding that they have the European Modern Pentathlon Championship to be held in Hungary in September, İlke Özyüksel said, “We are getting ready there. We will participate in the European Championship with the aim of medals.” said.
Stating that they started the season with the goal of three medals, İlke said, “This year, we had three medal competitions; world and European championships and University Games. Unfortunately, the University Games were canceled due to lack of participation. Now we have the European Championship. I will go to Hungary for the European championship.” used his statements.
He took the first step in marriage
Indicating that she was engaged to her trainer, İlke said that she was also very happy in her private life.
İlke said, “I am very happy, I decided to unite my life with my trainer. I hope it will be good for my sport and my life.” he said.
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