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News Archive Turkish Prime Minister flies to Paris to see Süreyya Ayhan

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


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