Yasemin Can's biography, fact, career, awards, net worth and life story

Intro Kenyan-Turkish athlete
A.K.A. Vivian Jemutai
Is Athlete
Runner
Long-distance runner
From Kenya
Turkey
Type Sports
Gender female
Birth

11 December 1996, Kenya

Age 25 years
Star sign Sagittarius
Sports Teams
Enkaspor

Yasemin Can (born Vivian Jemutai on December 11, 1996) is a European champion Kenyan female long distance runner representing Turkey competing in the 5,000 m and 10,000 m events. She is a member of Enkaspor in Istanbul.

She never competed for Kenya in professional races. On March 13, 2016, she became officially eligible to represent Turkey at international competitions.

Career

Can earned a quota spot for the women’s 5000 m event in the 2016 Summer Olympics running 15:08.46 in the Turkish Indoor Championships in Istanbul. She secured another quota spot for 10000 m event running 31:30.58 at the Turkish Championships in Mersin. She set a new European under-23 record with her time.

She took part at the Golden Gala in Rome, Italy of 2016 IAAF Diamond League, and placed the 6th rank in the 5,000 m event with 14:37.61, setting the best time of the year for an African-born athlete now representing a European nation.

Can won the gold medal in the women’s 10,000 m event at the 2016 European Athletics Championships held in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Finishing at 31:12.86, she improved her own European under-23 record by 18 seconds, she had set at the Turkish Championships in Mersin on May 1, 2016. Can won her second gold medal in the 5,000 m event at the same championship.

At the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, she was a finalist in the fastest 10.000m race in the history. She placed 7 while recording a Personal Best time of 30:26:41. If Can would have been 3 weeks younger, this would have been a Juniors (U20) World Record.

On 5 March 2017 Can won a silver medal in the 3000m at the 2017 European Athletics Indoor Championships in Belgrade behind Laura Muir.

Can won the gold medal in the women’s 10,000 m event at the 2017 European Athletics U23 Championships held in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Finishing at 31:39.80. Can won her second gold medal in the 5,000 m event at the same championship.