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Furkan Akar


SportShort Track
Born06 Mar 2002 in Erzurum 
ResidenceErzurum, TUR
LanguagesEnglish, Turkish
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 40.740 27 Jan 2018 Erzincan  
    1000m 1:24.661 28 Nov 2021 Dordrecht  
    1500m 2:14.075 16 Mar 2019 Erzurum  
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Training RegimeHe trains six days a week.  
Name of coachArtur Sultangaliyev [national], KAZ  
Reason for choosing this sportHis brother Burak encouraged him to begin skating. "I started this sport thanks to my brother. He was my trainer and he was also an athlete. At first, I started this sport by emulating him."  
When and where did you begin this sport?He took up the sport at age eight in Erzurum, Turkiye.  
General Interest
General Interest
Hero / IdolTurkish short track skater [and his brother] Burak Akar. (, 01 Jan 2020)  
AmbitionsTo win a medal at the 2026 Olympic Winter Games in Milan-Cortina, and to become a short track coach. (, 09 Feb 2022;, 24 Mar 2021)  
Memorable sporting achievementWinning bronze in the 1500m at the 2019 European Youth Olympic Winter Festival [EYOF] in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. (, 04 Feb 2022)  
Famous relativesHis older brother Burak Akar has also represented Turkiye in short track, including at the 2017 World Junior Championships in Innsbruck, Austria. (, 04 Feb 2022; SportsDeskOnline, 16 Feb 2022)  
Most influential person in careerHis brother Burak Akar. (, 04 Feb 2022)  
Awards and honoursHe and cross-country skier Aysenur Duman were named as Turkiye's flag bearers for the opening ceremony of the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (, 04 Feb 2022;, 04 Feb 2022)  
MilestonesHe became the first short track skater to represent Turkiye at the Olympic Winter Games when he competed at the 2022 Games in Beijing. (SportsDeskOnline, 16 Feb 2022;, 04 Feb 2022)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"An athlete must work hard. Sometimes he leaves his family in the background, but in order to achieve success, some things must be put on the back burner." (, 16 Feb 2022)  
Other informationEARLY DAYS
He began skating by wrapping bags around his feet to glide across patches of ice in his hometown of Erzurum, Turkiye. As he did not own a set of skates, he was unable to begin short track training until he was gifted a pair by a coach. "The fact that short track is not a well-known sport in Turkiye has created problems for us from time to time, but now more people know about it. The support we receive from the government is important, now we have quality ice rinks that most European countries don't have." (, 17 Feb 2019)
HobbiesListening to music, playing table tennis. (, 04 Feb 2022;, 01 Jan 2020)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2022 Olympic Games 1000m6  
    2021/2022 World Championships 1500m6  
    2021/2022 World Championships Overall10  
    2019/2020 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay10  
    2017/2018 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay12  
    2020/2021 European Championships 1000m16  
    2019/2020 World Junior Championships 500m19  
    2020/2021 European Championships Overall22  
    2021/2022 World Championships 500m25  
    2020/2021 European Championships 500m25  
    2020/2021 European Championships 1500m25  
    2019/2020 European Championships 1000m26  
    2020/2021 World Championships 1500m27  
    2020/2021 World Championships 500m28  
    2019/2020 European Championships Overall28  
    2019/2020 European Championships 1500m29  
    2017/2018 World Junior Championships Overall30  
    2020/2021 World Championships Overall32  
    2019/2020 European Championships 500m32  
    2020/2021 World Championships 1000m38  
    2019/2020 World Junior Championships 1000m42  
    2021/2022 World Championships 1000m44  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 5000m Relay10  
    2018/2019 Dresden 5000m Relay15  
    2019/2020 Dresden 5000m Relay16  
    2019/2020 Dresden 1500m26  
    2019/2020 Dresden 500m27  
    2021/2022 World Cup 1000m35  
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 500m43  
    2021/2022 World Cup 500m47  
    2021/2022 World Cup 1500m53  
    2019/2020 World Cup 500m76  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1500m76