It was just 50 minutes before the scheduled start of the women’s 1500m
final in the Stade de France when the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyib
Erdogan flew into Paris. He was then driven to the stadium and watched
Süreyya Ayhan’s race, in which she finished second.
The runner is Turkey’s number one sports person since she won the 1500
metres at the European Championships last year in Munich. And as Turkey had
never won any medal at the world athletics championships nor in the Olympic
athletics finals Erdogan decided on short notice that it was well worth to go.
He himself was said to have played football, so he has an interest in