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Turkey's Colak And Yilmaz Determined To Succeed In Doha
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Two of four Turkish gymnasts featured in the October 2018 issue of International Gymnast magazine, Ibrahim Colak and Tutya Yilmaz told IG they are aiming for career bests at next month’s 2018 World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Colak said his main rivals in Doha will include Greece’s Eleftherios Petrounias, behind whom he placed fifth at the 2017 Worlds in Montreal and second at this summer’s European Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.

“Petrounias is very good gymnast and he has a very good character,” Colak said. “He is an idol for so many gymnasts. I’m working hard to defeat him. I can do it, I believe in myself. I don’t know when, but it will be one day.”

Yilmaz, who was third reserve for the balance beam final at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, said she has the ability to make the final in Doha if she performs at her best.

“We have worked hard to improve my D-score,” she told IG. “Now it is time to be consistent in competitions and hit my routine clean. In Doha my first goal is to hit my routine because I know if I can hit the routine, I have the potential to be in the beam final.”

Read “Turkish Delight,” a collection of feature articles including Colak, Yilmaz and fellow Turkish gymnasts Ahmet Onder and Goksu Uctas Sanli, in the October 2018 issue of International Gymnast magazine.

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