'N Kolay 43rd Istanbul Marathon' was held with the participation of CHP Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and IYI Party Chairman Meral Akşener. The two leaders were hosted by the IMM President. Ekrem İmamoğluHe participated in the 8-kilometer 'people's run' category of the international organization organized by . Kılıçdaroğlu and Akşener, who took approximately 15 steps from the Anatolian side to the European side over the 7000 July Martyrs Bridge, attracted great attention from the citizens. Kılıçdaroğlu answered the journalists asking about his feelings, "I am very happy today", while Akşener said, "Today; It expresses unity, togetherness, friendship, faith in Turkey's future and freedom.
N Kolay 43. Istanbul Marathon, which is the only marathon in the world to be held between two continents, is organized by IBB subsidiary Spor Istanbul A.Ş. conditioned by the organisation. The starting horn of the marathon, which was run from the Anatolian side of the 15 July Martyrs' Bridge to the European side, in which approximately 40 thousand people participated; CHP Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, IYI Party Chairman Meral Akşener, CHP Istanbul Provincial Chairman Canan Kaftancıoğlu, IYI Party Istanbul Provincial Chairman Buğra Kavuncu and IMM President Ekrem İmamoğlu and his wife Dilek Kaya İmamoğlu played together. Making a speech as the host, İmamoğlu said, “Today is a great day. You will run for Istanbul, for peace, for our country, for peace, for the world, for a beautiful world where green is protected. We are honored to greet you together with Mrs. Meral Akşener, Chairman of the IYI Party, and Mr. Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, Chairman of the Republican People's Party.
İMAMOĞLU: “WE ARE GRATEFUL TO THE INITIATIVES”
Saying, “This run, this effort, this sweat of yours will first bring you health, but then luck and beauty in this beautiful city,” İmamoğlu said:
“We are very happy to accompany you on an unprecedented race that unites two continents in the most beautiful geography of the world. We are grateful to those who started this beautiful run towards its 50th anniversary. I commemorate with mercy and gratitude those who lost their lives who made the first run and gave us this beautiful gift. I hope many races will be a symbol of peace and tranquility. There is no such geography in the world. When you greet Istanbul from the bridge with its beautiful geography and good taste, believe me, it will be one of the most beautiful moments of your life. We run for the spirit of Olympism. We want to take the 2036 Olympics to Istanbul. We know that with our state, our nation, our city and every component, the Olympics will suit this city. Together we can do it. But we can do it with people.”
Kılıçdaroğlu, Akşener, İmamoğlu and their delegation went to Altunizade after the marathon run in different categories. The delegation, which started the 8-kilometer public run here, walked together with the citizens to the exit of the 15 July Martyrs Bridge. The racers, who showed great interest in the delegation, had their photographs taken with Kılıçdaroğlu, Akşener and İmamoğlu walking with them. Kılıçdaroğlu, who asked the journalists about his feelings, said, “I am very happy today. It is very beautiful.” Akşener answered the question “What does it mean to you today”, “Today; It expresses unity, togetherness, friendship, belief in Turkey's future and freedom.”
'EQUALITY' PANEL FOR EDUCATION FROM DİLEK İMAMOĞLU
Kılıçdaroğlu, Akşener and İmamoğlu posed behind the banner with the inscription "Equal Education Every Child Has the Right", opened by Dilek İmamoğlu, who marched with the female administrators of the İBB to draw attention to the education of girls. Dilek İmamoğlu, stating that they opened the banner within the scope of the “Grow Your Dreams” project, expressed her feelings, “Every child should have the right to equal education. It was a good marathon for us. I want to say that we are sending a beautiful message of unity. Actually, we should all be together. After all, Turkey belongs to all of us. We should all lead our lives in love and peace," he said. The delegation, which took approximately 7000 steps, ended its walk at the exit of the bridge.
AWARD CEREMONY HELD AT SULTANAHMET SQUARE
In the organization shown in the “gold category” by the World Athletics Association; Races were held in the categories of 42 kilometers, 195 meters marathon, 15 kilometers of running and 8 kilometers of public running. The award ceremony of the marathon was held in Sultanahmet Square. Speaking before the award ceremony, İmamoğlu stated that such organizations were negatively affected by the pandemic and said, "I hope we will get through this quickly and reach much stronger levels from next year," he said. Noting that the marathon contains strong messages, İmamoğlu said:
“TO THE 2036 OLYMPICS TO ISTANBUL KAZANWE SHOULD DIRECT”
“There is peace in it. Istanbul is already the place where people come together. In other words, Istanbul is a city that unites people, just as two continents meet. Obviously there is another crowning of this feeling. It's the Olympics. We want the Olympics in this city. This city deserves the Olympics. As the people of Istanbul, we must prepare together for 2036 by embroidering the spirit of Olympism in its strongest form with all its components and with our state. And the 2036 Olympics to Istanbul kazanwe must climb. It really brings a different joy, a completely different energy to a city. In this respect, the Olympics is an important goal for us," he said.
CHAMPIONS RECEIVE THEIR MEDALS FROM IMAMOĞLU
The race, which started on the Anatolian side, 15 meters behind the 250 July Martyrs Bridge, ended in Sultanahmet Square. Ugandan athlete Victor Kiplangat, with a time of 42,195:2:10, took the 18 kilometer course in men. kazanarak won the first marathon of his career; Kenyan athlete Robert Kipkemboi was second with 2:10:23 and Ugandan Solomon Mutai was third with 2:10:25. In women, Kenyan athlete Sheila Jerotich came in first with a time of 2:24:15; Kenyan athlete Jackline Chepngeno finished second with 2.24.21 and Ethiopian Ayantu Abdi was third with 2:24:45. Marathon champions awards; İBB President İmamoğlu received it from the hands of Istanbul Deputy Governor Niyazi Erten and Athletics Federation President Fatih Çintimar.