Akil Gjakova Judoka

Akil Gjakova

Akil Gjakova

  • Country:Kosovo
  • Born:4 January 1996 (24 years)
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Kosovo judoka Akil Gjakova won the Grand Prix in Zagreb in 2018 and Grand Slam of Paris as first male athlete of Kosovo. Gjakova became European Cadet Champion U18 in 2013 in Tallinn. He won silver at the Grand Prix in Tunis in 2018. He took a silver medal at European U23 Championships in 2017 held in Podgorica. Akil became U23 European Champion in Gyor in 2018. He took a silver medal at the Grand Prix in The Hague in 2018 and won the gold at the Grand Prix in Budapest in the 2019.

Judo in the time of Covid-19: Akil Gjakova

3 Apr 2020 10:55

Kosovo has got several top female judokas, namely Majlinda Kelmendi, Distria Krasniqi and Nora Gjakova. But it's got one strong male contender too in the form of Akil Gjakova, who has to date won three IJF World Tour gold medals. He's under quarantine but still able to do some judo training, which is a rarity these days. JudoCrazy’s Oon Yeoh informed about the status in Kosovo. 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


Tokyo Preview men U73kg: Shohei Ono is the most feared

27 Aug 2019 01:20

Some of the most exciting divisions at the World Championships in Tokyo is the category U73kg. Most fans will look forward to the performances of Olympic Champion Shohei Ono. He is opposed in Poule C against 2012 Olympic Champion U66kg) Lasha Shavdatuashvili. Read more


Akil Gjakova delivers gold for Kosovo in Budapest

13 Jul 2019 18:40

Akil Gjakova captured Kosovo’s third gold medal in Budapest at the Grand Prix but the first of the golden variety after a faultless display on day two. 2018 Paris winner Gjakova threw 20-year-old Orenburg European Cup winner Georgii Elbakiev (RUS) with a sumptuous sasae-tsurikomi-ashi for his second score to seal gold while Elbakiev will not be too disappointed having announced his arrival on the international stage with his first IJF World Judo Tour medal. Read more


European battle for U73kg European title

20 Jun 2019 10:00

The category that is dominated by the Japanese and Korean fighters Ono, Hashimoto, and An Chang-Rim, is actually quite a European class. With top athletes such as Rustam Orujov, Hidayet Heydarov from Azerbaijan, Lasha Shavdatuashvili (GEO), Tommy Macias (SWE), Akil Gjakova (KOS), Tohar Butbul (ISR) this class is highly interesting who will take the honours. Read more

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