Karin Melis Mey

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Karin Melis Mey
Personal information
Birth name Karin Mey
Nationality  Turkey
Born (1983-05-31) May 31, 1983 (age 38)
Pretoria, South Africa
Height 172 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 55 kg (121 lb)
Sport Long jump
Club Fenerbahçe Athletics
Coached by Charley Strohmenger
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals London 2012 (DSQ)
Personal best(s) 6.93 m (2008)

Karin Melis Mey, née Karin Mey, (born 31 May 1983) is a South African-born Turkish female long jumper. She became a naturalised Turkish citizen in June 2008, and took the name Melis in addition to her birth name Karin Mey. The 172 cm (5 ft 8 in) tall athlete at 55 kg (121 lb) is a member of Fenerbahçe Athletics team, where she is coached by Charley Strohmenger.[1]

Representing South Africa, one of her first international appearances was a sixth place finish at the 2005 Summer Universiade. She represented her adopted country at the 2008 Summer Olympics, competing in the qualifying stages of the long jump.[2] She was also sixth at the 2008 IAAF World Athletics Final that year. Melis Mey qualified for the 2009 European Athletics Indoor Championships but did not make the final. Outdoors she was the silver medallist at the 2009 Mediterranean Games and also in the First League of the 2009 European Team Championships. She won the bronze medal by jumping 6.80 m at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics in Berlin – her first major medal.

She jumped at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships, but did not progress beyond the qualifying round.

Her personal best jump is 6.93 metres, achieved in July 2007 in Bad Langensalza, which is the South African record for the event. In July 2009 she set a Turkish record of 6.87 metres[3][4]

Mey qualified for participation in long jump event at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[1] She qualified for the final, but was pulled after testing positive for testosterone. The positive sample was from the European Championships.[5]She received a two year suspension, which expired on 7 August 2014.[6]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Sporcular/Atletizm-Karin Melis Mey" (in Turkish). Gençlik ve Spor Bakanlığı-Türk Sporcular 2012 Londra Olimpiyatlarında. Retrieved 2012-05-25.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Karin Melis. Sports-Reference. Retrieved on 2010-11-30.
  3. Fenerbahçe won the Turkish Championship
  4. The Champion, Fenerbahçe
  5. Athlete pulled from Olympic final for doping, supersport.com, 18 September 2012
  6. List of athletes currently serving a period of ineligibility as a result of an anti-doping rule violation under IAAF Rules. IAAF (April 2014). Retrieved 2014-04-15.

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