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Charline van Snick switches to U52kg starting in Tokyo
9 Nov 2016 09:50
Double European champion and 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Charline van Snick will switch weight category. The 26-year old Belgian fighter announced the switch on her Facebook account on Tuesday.
“I want to announce that, after having spent more than 10 years of my life of high-level athlete in -48, my body said stop! I've decided to listen to it and start a new challenge. New challenge in amount of category, fighting in the category of 52kg! I'd pick up the competition at the grand slam of Tokyo early December! The goal is to find sensations. And for me to adapt to my new weight class.”
Van Snick booked successes U48kg over the last 10 years starting as a cadet winning her first Belgian title in 2006, followed by the junior title in 2007 and European junior bronze in 2008 and European junior title in 2009. At her first European senior championships in 2010 she took bronze in Vienna. She won five European medals including her titles in 2015 and 2016. In London she took the Olympic bronze medal against current Olympic champion Paula Pareto. In 2013 she won World bronze in Rio. It didn’t help her in Rio 2016, at the Olympic Games she lost to Sarah Menezes in the second round. The body said stop.
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