Turkish wrestler Selim Yasar won Friday the silver medal in the men’s 86-kilogram freestyle category in the 2015 World Wrestling Championships in Las Vegas, in the U.S.
Yasar was defeated by Russian wrestler Abdulrashid Sadulaev 6-0 in final at the Orleans Arena.
“I present this medal to families of martyrs. God bless our martyrs. I will work hard and I believe that I will obtain the gold medal, which is my target at the Olympics [in 2016],” Yasar told reporters after the match referring to the soldiers martyred by the PKK terrorist organization in recent clashes.
Selim Yasar had qualified for the quarterfinal by beating Jaime Espinal of Puerto Rico in the first round 11-0, and Georgian Sandro Aminashvili 2-0 in second round. Yasar beat Pedro Fuentos from Venezuela 10-0 and qualified for the semifinal. He qualified for the final by beating Azeri wrestler Magomedgadzhi Khatiyev 5-4.
The 2015 World Wrestling Championships in three disciplines — Men’s Greco-Roman, Women’s Freestyle and Men’s Freestyle — are being held between Sept. 7 and 12.