Turkey's Aslı Çakır Alptekin and Gamze Bulut reach 1500-meter final

Turkey's Aslı Çakır Alptekin (C) wins her women's 1500m semi-final during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 8, 2012. (Photo: Reuters)

August 09, 2012, Thursday/ 11:15:00

Turkey's Aslı Çakır Alptekin and Gamze Bulut have qualified for the final of the women's 1,500 meters at the ongoing 2012 London Olympic Games

Alptekin, 27, ran the course in 4 minutes 5.11 seconds to win the first semifinal at the Olympic Stadium, finishing first among the 12 runners who took part in the race

Russia's Ekaterina Kostetskaya and Americans Morgan Uceny and Shannon Rowbury also qualified for Friday's final.

Gamze Bulut, 19, came in second in 4:01.18 in the other semifinal. The young athlete eased through the qualification with the fastest time of her career. Ethiopian Abeba Aregawi crossed the line first in 4:01.03. Russian Tatyana Tomashova finished the race in third place. The result has boosted morale of Turkish athletes in London amid frustrating performances in different sport fields.

Meanwhile, Karin Melis Mey of Turkey withdrew from the long jump qualifying round due to injury.

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