Baku, June 14, AZERTAC
Turkish wrestler Cenk Ildem dedicated his wrestling bronze medal to his six-month-old son and pledged to make it gold at the world championships.
Ildem beat Azerbaijan's Orkhan Nuriyev in the 98kg Greco-Roman bronze medal match at the Heydar Aliyev Arena on Saturday to take his tally of bronzes in major competitions to four.
Although happy with another medal, he said he would try to capture gold for his little boy at September's world championships in Las Vegas.
"This bronze medal is for my little baby, who is six months old," said the 29-year-old. "I was competing for him and now I will do my best to convert this bronze into gold at the world championships.
"This is my fourth third-place medal and I cannot suit bronze any more.
"I am happy that I am not going home empty-handed, but my heart would have liked gold so that our anthem could be heard and the flag flown."
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