Turkey’s Arican: ‘This is a really big, big, big medal’

Written by John Crumlish for International Gymnast Online

Thursday, August 19, 2021

With this vignette on Turkey’s Ferhat Arican, International Gymnast Online continues “Tokyo Takeaways,” a series of flashbacks featuring behind-the-scenes quotes from personalities at the recent Olympic Games in Tokyo.

With his bronze medal still dangling from his neck, Turkish gymnast Ferhat Arican could not wipe the smile off his face after he engraved his name into the Olympic annals.

“This is a historic medal,” said the ebullient Arican, who placed third on parallel bars behind gold medalist Zou Jingyuan of China and silver medalist Lukas Dauser of Germany. “It’s really Turkish gymnastics history, Turkey’s first Olympic gymnastics medal.”

Competing first among the eight finalists, Arican wielded the field’s highest difficulty score (7.0) to boost himself one spot higher than his qualifications ranking and into the record books.

“I didn’t think about the other gymnasts,” said Arican, who turned 28 six days prior. “I just focused on myself and my routine. This is my ritual.”

Arican’s joy radiated as he noted the significance of his award.

“I know I had the potential to win the gold medal,” he said. “Gold, silver, bronze, it doesn’t matter. This is an Olympic medal. This is a really big, big, big medal.”

Next up: Mexico’s Alexa Moreno on her life in the fast lane

International Gymnast Media’s John Crumlish was a gymnastics reporter for the Olympic Information Service at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, responsible for obtaining quotes and producing other content for use by media at the Games. Tokyo 2020 marked his eighth Games as an OIS reporter.

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