By Shiryn Ghermezian, EnStarz | Aug 10, 2012 04:35 PM EDT
Turkeys two star athletes won the gold and silver medals at the women's 1,500-meter relay finals on Aug. 10.
Asli Cakir Alptekin came in first with a mark of 4:10.23 seconds and Gamze Bulut won the silver with 4:10.23. Third was Bahrain's Maryam Yusuf Jamal, in with 4:10.74.
This is the first 2012 Olympic win for both Turkish athletes and the only track and field Olympic medals for Turkey. They received one gold in taekwondo and one in wrestling.
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Alptekin, 27, was ranked no. 1 in her heat during the 1,500-meter semifinals, finishing in 4:05.11 seconds. Gamze Bulut came in second in the semifinals with a time of 4:01.18 seconds, her personal best time. During round 1, she came in first in her heat.
The current world record was set by China's Yunxia Qu in 1993 with a time of 3:50.46.
USA holds the most track and field medals from the 2012 Games but Americans Shannon Rowbury and Morgan Uceny ranked low during the finals on Friday.
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