Turkey has never won an Olympic medal in archery but Yasemin Anagoz and Mete Gazoz are determined to change that, starting at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
The pair are both just 20-years-old, but they have already risen to the top table of their sport and were each named 2018 World Archery Athlete of the Year, an award voted for by their peers.
While they have yet to qualify for Tokyo, they are aiming for nothing less than a podium finish – preferably the top step – and with it a place in the history books for themselves and Turkey.
Take this from Anagoz: “This is everyone’s hope and I trust it.”
And from Gazoz: “I want to be a double Olympic gold medallist and go until 2036.”
Their emergence is what happens when investment of time and money is combined with talent and determination. Add in the essential ingredient that is hard work, which calls on the pair to train 10 hours a day, and this is what you get.
They live together with 12 other archers and coaches at a hotel in Antalya – archery a constant in their lives. It is a consuming way of life, but one that has helped drive them in their pursuit of Olympic glory. For both, Tokyo would be a second Olympic Games after they made their debuts at , where they made it to the round of 32 in their respective individual recurve events.