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    Majlinda Kelmendi

    Majlinda Kelmendi

    • Country:Kosovo
    • Born:9 May 1991 (29 years)
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    2016 Olympic judo champion Majlinda Kelmendi is the best ambassador of Kosovo. She is judo world champion in 2013 and 2014. She took bronze at the 2019 World Championships in Tokyo. She is 2014, 2016. 2017 and 2019 European Champion. In 2017 she won the Grand Slam in Paris for the fourth time. (2013-2017). Kelmendi is coached by Driton Kuka. Flagbearer for Kosovo at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Kelmendi opened 2019 with a victory at the GP in Tel Aviv and Grand Slam Düsseldorf and Abu Dhabi. She

    Chelsie Giles gives British Judo medal fever

    18 Feb 2021 23:00

    A surprising category U52kg on Thursday in Tel Aviv as three of the top 4 seeds didn’t make it to the final block. That is enough of a surprise in itself, but the real shock was watching Great Britain’s unseeded Chelsie Giles threw the Olympic champion, Kelmendi (KOS) for ippon in the semi-final. Both athletes were clearly in disbelief but only one had a smile. Read more


    Amandine Buchard takes gold after three silver Masters medals

    12 Jan 2021 06:20

    At the first day of competition, five categories were at stake, three for women and two for men. Kosovo, France and Japan took a gold medal each for the women and both male gold medals went to Korea. So far 12 countries have had representatives step up on to the podium. France took a medal of each colour and gold for Amandine Buchard U52kg. Read more


    The next step: Self isolation by the Kosovan team

    17 Mar 2020 12:05

    The Kosovo Olympic Judo Team is Quarantined, Isolated in a Training Room. The Kosovo judo team has been self-isolating as it prepares for the Tokyo Olympics. Olympic champion Majlinda Kelmendi, four other judokas and five staff members have closed themselves in at a training center in Peja, 85 kilometers (50 miles) west of Pristina. Read more

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    Kelmendi vs Giuffrida: Rivalry at its best

    6 Feb 2020 14:50

    Olympic silver medallist Odette Giuffrida of Italy and Olympic champion Majlinda Kelmendi of Kosovo know each other better than any other two judoka in the sport. The Italian and Kosovo stars have squared off against each other in an Olympic final and Grand Prix and Grand Slam gold medal contests as they have racked up 10 meetings between 2013 and 2019. Read more


    Record holder Majlinda Kelmendi chases 11th Grand Prix title

    21 Jan 2020 12:05

    Olympic champion Majlinda Kelmendi (KOS) holds the record of Grand Prix gold medals which stands at 10. The world number four won the first edition of Tel Aviv Grand Prix last year and could prove to be unstoppable once again. Kosovo’s leading star has gradually been stepping up her volume of competitions and her intensity as she plots to her way to fighting to retain her Olympic crown this summer. Read more

    Result City Date
    3Tel Aviv18 Feb
    3Doha11 Jan
    1Abu Dhabi2019

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