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February 10, 2006
Hamza's world medal makes him the best

According to Milliyet newspaper the best athletes of the year are:

Best national athletes: 1 Hamza Yerlikaya (wrestling, greco roman, 96 kg, world champion 2005), 2 Korhan Yamac, (throwing - disability), 3 Esref Apak, (athletics), 4 Cagla Kubat (surfing - female ), 5 Tugba Tekin (ski - female) (Disability awards are grouped together, men and women)

Best national teams: 1 U17 soccer national team, 2 Fenerbahce soccer team, 3 Klassis golf team

International best athletes: 1 Fernando Alonso (formula 1 Motor Racing), 2 Ronaldinho, (football), 3 Yelena Isinbayeva (athletics)
Zaman Newspaper has chosen as follows:

Best national athletes: 1 Hamza Yerlikaya, 2 Ugur Kucuk (athletics, disability), 3 Mehmet Okur (basketball)

Other selections: Chosen by the newspaper readers, manager, trainer of the year etc..
International best athletes: 1 Ronaldinho (football), 2 Fernando Alonso (Formula 1), 3 Lance Armstrong (cycling)

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