Evin Demirhan Evin Demirhan

  • Turkey
  • World and European Wrestling Champion

Biography

Evin Demirhan (born July 2, 1995) is a Turkish female freestyle wrestler competing in the 48 kg division.

EARLY LIFE
Demirhan was born into a crowded family in poverty in Siirt, southeastern Turkey on July 2, 1995. During her secondary education at Şehit Zafer Kılıç Sports High School in her hometown, she benefited from a scholarship from the Turkish Wrestling Foundation as one of the twenty successful students and talented wrestlers. She supported her family of 13 financially by wrestling.

An 89-minute documentary movie titled Siirt'in Sırrı, in the English version: "Know My Name", in which Demirhan plays the leading role as a 16-year-old girl features her life, and struggles to financially support her family and to build a future for herself. The movie was awarded the "Best National Documentary Film Prize" at the 49th International Antalya Film Festival ("Golden Orange Award") and the "Special Jury Prize for Documentary Film" at the 19th International Adana Film Festival ("Golden Boll Award") both in 2012.

SPORTS CAREER Demirhan began sport wrestling as she was 15 years of age. She trains twelve hours a day, six-day a week. She was four times the Turkish champion in her weight class.

She won the silver medal in the 44 kg event at the 2012 European Junior Wrestling Championships held in Zagreb, Croatia, a bronze medal in the 44 kg event at the 2013 European Junior Wrestling Championships in Skopje, Macedonia, a bronze medal in the 44 kg event at the 2013 World Junior Wrestling Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, the silver medal at the 2013 European Junior Wrestling Championships, the silver medal at the 2014 European Junior Wrestling Championships, and a bronze medal in the 48 kg event at the same championships of 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey.

She took part at the 2015 European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan competing in the 48 kg event without gaining a medal. In 2017, Demirhan captured the silver medal at the Islamic Solidarity Games in Azerbaijan. She became a bronze medalist in the 48 kg event at the 2017 World Wrestling Championships held in Paris, France.

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