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Fatih Avan

Fatih Avan
Personal information
Nationality Turkey
Born (1989-01-01) 1 January 1989 (age 35)
Andırın, Kahramanmaraş Province, Turkey
Height183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight90 kg (198 lb)
SportJavelin throw
ClubFenerbahçe Athletics
Coached byMetin Altıntaş
Achievements and titles
Personal best85.60 m NR (2012)
Medal record
Representing  Turkey
Islamic Solidarity Games
Silver medal – second place 2013 Palembang Javelin throw
Summer Universiades
Gold medal – first place 2011 Shenzhen Javelin throw
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Kazan Javelin throw
European Athletics U23 Championships
Silver medal – second place 2011 Ostrava Javelin
European Cup Winter Throwing
Gold medal – first place 2011 Sofia U-23 Javelin
Mediterranean Games
Gold medal – first place 2009 Pescara Javelin
Gold medal – first place 2013 Mersin Javelin

Fatih Avan (born 1 January 1989) is a male Turkish javelin thrower. The 183 cm (6 ft 0 in) tall athlete at 90 kg (200 lb) is a member of Fenerbahçe Athletics team, where he is coached by Metin Altıntaş.[1][2][3]


Avan participated at the 2009 Mediterranean Games in Pescara, Italy and won the gold medal with a personal best throw of 79.78 m. At the 9th European Winter Throwing Cup held on 14 March 2009 in Los Realejos on Tenerife, Spain, he ranked third throwing the javelin 74.82 m.

Avan is broke the Turkish record with a mark of 77.15 m in June 2009 in Bursa.[4] He represented Turkey at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics, but did not make it past the qualifying round.

In 2011 he improved his Turkish record to 81.16 m, clearing the eighty-metre mark for the first time, and the performance brought him the under-23 gold at the 2011 European Cup Winter Throwing.[5]

In 2011 he improved his Turkish record to 84.11 m, and won silver medal at the 2011 European Athletics U23 Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

He set a new national record with 85.60 m at the Turkish Super League held on 20 May 2012 in Izmir. The former record belonged also him with 84.79 m. Avan was qualified before to participate at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[6]

He won the silver medal at the 2013 Islamic Solidarity Games held in Palembang, Indonesia.[7]


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Turkey
2009 16th Mediterranean Games Pescara, Italy 1st 79.78 m
25th Summer Universiade Belgrade, Serbia 11th 73.31 m
European U23 Championships Kaunas, Lithuania 7th 75.50 m
12th World Championships Berlin, Germany 19th (q) 78.12 m
2011 8th European U23 Championships Ostrava, Czech Republic 2nd 84.11 m NR
11th European Cup Winter Throwing U-23 Sofia, Bulgaria 1st 80.19 m
26th Summer Universiade Shenzhen, China 1st 83.79 m
13th World Championships Daegu, South Korea 5th 83.34 m
2013 17th Mediterranean Games Mersin, Turkey 1st 83.84 m
27th Summer Universiade Kazan, Russia 3rd 81.24 m
14th World Championships Moscow, Russia 13th (q) 80.09 m
3rd Islamic Solidarity Games Palembang, Indonesia 2nd 78.15 m

Seasonal bests by year

  • 2008 – 71.73
  • 2009 – 79.78
  • 2010 – 79.13
  • 2011 – 84.79
  • 2012 – 85.60
  • 2013 – 84.58
  • 2014 – 83.05
  • 2015 – 81.45


  1. ^ "Sporcular/Atletizm-Fatih Avan" (in Turkish). Gençlik ve Spor Bakanlığı-Türk Sporcular 2012 Londra Olimpiyatlarında. Archived from the original on 5 October 2013. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  2. ^ "U23 Championships 2009 Kaunas / LTU Biographical Data". European Athletics. Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2009.
  3. ^ The Champion, Fenerbahçe
  4. ^ "Fatih Avan'dan Türkiye Rekoru: 77.15" (in Turkish). Sport Stüdyosu. 10 June 2009. Archived from the original on 14 August 2009. Retrieved 24 July 2009.
  5. ^ Avan'ın gözü Türkiye rekorunda (in Turkish). Hurriyet (18 March 2011). Retrieved on 24 March 2011.
  6. ^ "Fatih Avan'dan bir Türkiye rekoru daha". Hürriyet Spor (in Turkish). 20 May 2012. Retrieved 26 May 2012.
  7. ^ "Official Result Athletic Men's Javelin Throw Finals". The 3rd Islamic Solidarity Games. Archived from the original on 1 October 2013. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
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