Istanbul's firefighters victorious at international tournament
by Daily Sabah
ISTANBULJul 03, 2015 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah
Jul 03, 2015 12:00 am
Istanbul Municipality's firefighters garnered 11 medals in the 16th edition of the World Police and Fire Games, an international tournament bringing together 13,000 police officers and firefighters from around the world to compete in various events.
At the tournament that began in June and will wrap up on Sunday in Fairfax County, Virginia in the U.S., Istanbul firefighters won three gold, three silver and five bronze medals.
A total of 15 Turkish firefighters competed in 20 fields in the tournament, which includes various Olympic sporting events as well as special events to test the endurance of firefighters and police officers.
Ali Osman Aygün of the Istanbul Fire Department won two gold medals in both left and right arm wrestling, while Nurettin Ünal garnered three bronze medals in three different swimming competitions. Süleyman Katmer had secured a bronze medal in javelin throwing, joining Şükrü Akyıldız who won a gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling and Ramazan Alpul who won silver medals both in Greco-Roman and Freestyle wrestling.
The fire department's volleyball team also enjoyed a winning streak with two victories in three games.
Apart from the abovementioned events, Turkish firefighters competed in bodybuilding, judo, muster, marathons, disc throwing and table tennis.