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Meliz Redif

Meliz RedifMeliz Redif, born on March 26th, 1989 in Nicosia, Cyprus is a Turkish Cypriot female track & field sprinter.

She is a native of Northern Cyprus. Meliz Redif is a member of Fenerbahce Sport Club athletics team.

Meliz Redif is the first Turkish Cypriot to compete at the Olympics. In 2015 Redif was banned from sport for three years after abnormal deviations in her biological passport profile was found.

She won a gold medal in the 4 × 400 m relay event at the First League of 2011 European Team Championships held in Izmir, Turkey and a silver medal in the same event at the 2011 Summer Universiade held in Shenzhen, China.

Her personal bests for the 200 meters is 23.93 set in 2008 and in the 400 meters it was 52.89 set in 2010.

Melizana Redif, one of Turkey's final hopes in the 400 meters, was eliminated in the last series that ran in conjunction with Sanya Richards-Ross.

The Cyprus-born athlete, who went from Eurosport to Turkey commented - "a great success to be racing to be the first female athlete in the 400 meters from this country".

Meliz RedifThe young athlete from Cyprus had a tempo problem in the first 200 meters said: "It's here. I trust in my workouts, but I will work harder and try to do better in the next championships."

"Of course it was difficult for me to race. There are very important names here. I lost my tempo in the first 200 meters of the race. It is very difficult to pick up after 400 meters here."

"I lived in Paris last year. She said she would continue to train abroad, but will do her best to perform better in the future", she added.

For Melizana Redif it was a game at first. Then it became a passion and at 15 she made her decision. She would run.

Her family interest in sports was also an important factor. Her parents, Besim and Levent met the teacher and she went into systematic work 6 hours a day. As a college student.

She got up early for class and to work - she arranged her whole life for running and her family arranged all their lives for her. From their social life to dinner.

Meliz RedifIn 2005 she broke school records. In 2006, she was summoned as the national team star where she broke new records. Shee improved those records with better ones.

In the Cyprus championship held in Limassol in the 400 meters hurdles she was the youngest. In Finland she also became the champion in the 100 meters at the Junior Games in Helsinki.

In the 200 meters she set another record in Turkey at the Yilmaz Sazak competition in Istanbul, Turkey.

She was fifth in the 400 meters in Moscow, in Athens she came first in the 400 meters and in Serbia was third.

She loved the job she started doing. She was eager, willing, faithful. She worked, ran, ran and still was running even more. Only resting for ten days in a year.

Then in London, on behalf of Turkey she would compete in the Olympics. In every speech - "but I'm competing on behalf of Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots represent a kind of time," she would say.

She did not see the material and moral support she deserved from her own country.

To this day, no one from the officials, neither the Federation nor the State officials did she ever receive any appreciation.

Meliz RedifWhat she deserved arrived only from Turkey. Turkey's government has sent to the Youth and Sports Minister Suat Kilic to address a signed certificate of appreciation.

Meliz Redif is now a personal coach in Lefkosa, Nicosia, Cyprus at her own facility - The Meliz Redif Personal Training Studio.

In the short film below in Turkish by mobile network operator Kibris Telsim features Turkish Cypriot runner Meliz Redif in her native North Cyprus.

On Friday the 10th of August 2012, she made history as the first Turkish Cypriot to take part in the Olympics.

Due to the sporting embargoes, Meliz had to change her national identity & citizenship to take part as a runner for Turkey in their 4 x 400m relay.

All of her friends and family were immensely proud she was flying the flag for both countries when she ran in the heats at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Meliz RedifThe Turkey Athletics Federation (TAF) Disciplinary Committee has banned from competition with different times on the grounds that national athletes were doping.

TAF Disciplinary Board, found in the weekly meeting of the biological passport values in the determination of Meliz Redif, Semiha Mutlu Ozdemir, Bahar Dogan and Umm Kiraz'ı were all found guilty.

The board decided that Meliz Redif should be banned for 3 years and the other athletes for 2 years and six months.

National athlete Elvan Abeylegesse'nin can not complete her defense, so the decision on the national athlete was reportedly postponed.

In 2013, the Turkish Federation witnessed a change in the presidency direction with the arrival of Fatih Çintimar.

The new president openly declared war on doping, increasing the controls carried out on the athletes.

This all happened after the Turkish Ministry asked for 677.000 euros back from Asli Altepkin and Nevin Yanit: the bust goes on leaving no stone unturned.

Meliz RedifMeliz graduated from Girne American University in Kyrenia, North Cyprus with a Bachelors Degree in Sports Management.

She has been a fitness manager and trainer at Acapulco Resort & Convention & SPA Otel and at NEV Fitness in northern Cyprus and now operates her own personal coaching studio in Nikosia, North Cyprus - The Meliz Redif Personal Training Studio.

She has multiple certifications in Pilates and speaks fluent Turkish and English.



Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2008 World Junior Championships Poland 34th (h) 200m 2008 World Junior Championships in Athletics – Women's 200 metres">24.64
16th (sf) 400m 2008 World Junior Championships in Athletics – Women's 400 metres 54.29
2009 2009 European Athletics Indoor Championships Italy 5th 4 × 400 m relay 2009 European Athletics Indoor Championships – Women's 4 x 400 metres relay 3:37.37
2010 European Athletics Championships Barcelona, Spain 5th 4 × 400 m relay 2010 European Athletics Championships – Women's 4 x 400 metres relay 3:33.13
2011 European Team Championships-First League Izmir, Turkey 1st 4 × 400 m relay 2011 European Team Championships 3:29.40
2011 European Athletics U23 Championships Ostrava, Czech Republic 4th 400 m 2011 European Athletics U23 Championships – Women's 400 metres 53.08
Athletics at the 2011 Summer Universiade Shenzhen, China 21st (qf) 200 m Athletics at the 2011 Summer Universiade – Women's 200 metres 24.29
9th (sf) 400 m Athletics at the 2011 Summer Universiade – Women's 400 metres 53.38
2nd 4 × 400 m relay Athletics at the 2011 Summer Universiade – Women's 4 x 400 metres relay 3:30.14
2012 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 16th (sf) 400 m 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships – Women's 400 metres 54.48
2012 Summer Olympic Games London, Great Britain 7th (heat 2) 4 x 400 m Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's 4 × 400 metres relay 3:34.71


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