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SUPURGECI Zubeyde
Sport Para athletics
NPC Türkiye   
GenderWomen
Age29
Place of BirthBagcilar, TUR
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T54
Further Personal Information
Residence
Istanbul, TUR
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Turkish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics in 2010 in Bagcilar, Turkey.
Why this sport?
She was introduced to the sport by her neighbour who worked as a driver for Para athletes in Bagcilar, Turkey. "I was upset that I was always at home and lived as if there was no other impaired person in the world. I never left the house. So, it was the first time I saw impaired people as a crowd. They were joking among themselves. I was surprised that they could make fun of themselves. It seemed interesting to me. Wheelchair racing was a very difficult sport. I had to lean all the time, our hands were hurt even with gloves. I was ashamed to say I was always having a hard time. So then the training continued, and soon I won my first championship."
Club / Team
Bagcilar Belediyesi Bedensel Engelli Spor Kulubu: Turkey
Name of coach
Omer Cantay [club, national], TUR, from 2010
Training Regime
She trains five days a week.
Senior International Debut
Year
2012
Competing for
Turkey
General Interest
Hobbies
Reading, going on holiday, shopping. (Athlete, 09 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in the T54 200m at the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. (SportsDeskOnline, 15 Apr 2021; Athlete, 09 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Omer Cantay. (Athlete, 09 Nov 2019)
Awards and honours
She was flag bearer for Turkey at the opening ceremony of the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. (IPC, 20 Aug 2018)
Famous relatives
Her younger brother Muhammet Supurgeci competed in Para athletics [100m] at the 2016 Turkish national championships. (turkiyegazetesi.com.tr, 18 Jun 2016; bagcilar.bel.tr, 16 May 2016)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (yasadikca.com, 06 Mar 2021)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Round 1 2016 100m T54 17.93
Round 1 2016 400m T54 1:04.29
  2016 4 x 400m Relay T53-54  DSQ
Round 1 2016 800m T54 2:07.63
8 2021 800m T54 1:54.87
7 2021 100m T54 16.86
13 2021 400m T54 59.39
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
8 2013 200m T54 32.83
4 2013 100m T54 17.95
4 2015 100m T54 17.16
Heats 2015 400m T54 1:01.67
4 2017 200m T54 30.53
9 2017 400m T54 59.10
12 2017 800m T54 1:59.89
5 2017 100m T54 17.06
  2019 100m T54  DSQ
9 2019 400m T54 59.48
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2014 400m T54 1:06.40
3 2014 100m T54 18.26
2 2016 200m T54 32.09
4 2016 400m T54 59.32
6 2016 800m T54 2:03.27
1 2016 100m T54 18.02
1 2018 200m T54 30.96
  2018 400m T54  DSQ
2 2018 100m T54 17.16
6 2018 800m T53/54 2:09.38
1 2021 100m T54 16.83
2 2021 400m T54 58.80