The latest Judo News offered by

Polish judo veteran Katarzyna Klys can bring in her experience to her last event

19 Apr 2017 17:45

   IJF Media Team / International Judo Federation
20140929_Chelyabinsk_IJF_KLYS, Katarzyna (POL) - POLLING, Kim (NED)3

At a press conference just after the draw the Polish outperformer in women’s judo Katarzyna Klys gave her view on her last tournament. After she knew Rio was her last tournament, there was a surprise in 2017. She will turn 31 at 23 April. Klys saw the draw and saw she is in one pool with Nemesis Barbara Matic who beat her three times, but first one of the two talents from either Belgium or Netherlands Willems or Ausma.

Katarzyna Klys (30) WRL 26

Katarzyna Klys - Pilocik won World Championships bronze in 2014 U70kg. She is mother and married to Arthur Klys. She won World Junior bronze in 2004 ten years later world senior bronze. In 2007 and 2012 she won European Silver and with the Polish team. She won various medals but her highlight with the team was the European title in Kazan.

Klys: “My priority was to get a medal in Rio, but that didn’t work out exactly. That was my primary decision that I took part in. But we learned that the European Championships took place in Warsaw, so we decided to say goodbye to my fans. If we win gold here I will be more than happy, but if not I will be more than happy to say goodbye.”

Are there any new talents who can get some international medals?

“I wouldn’t really like to name anyone, because they are all simply good. But still one name crosses my mind in particular. Anna Borowska, I supported her from the start and will do so in the tournament but all the girls are good and we hope for further successes.” 

Fundraising with GoGetFunding

Related judoka and events

Related Judo Photos

  • Katarzyna Klys (POL), Barbara Matić (CRO) - Grand Prix Zagreb (2016, CRO) - © Carlos Ferreira CJF, Croatian Judo Federation
  • Katarzyna Klys (POL), Kim Polling (NED) - World Championships Chelyabinsk (2014, RUS) - © Rafal Burza
  • Ewa Konieczny (POL), Zuzanna Pawlikowska (POL), Arleta Podolak (POL), Agata Ozdoba (POL), Halima Mohamed-Seghir (POL), Karolina Talach (POL), Katarzyna Klys (POL), Katarzyna Furmanek (POL) - European Team Championships Montpellier (2014, FRA) - © Stanislaw Michalowski

Related Judo News


Judo is a lifestyle, but coming back as a mother is tough

5 Nov 2018 09:00

After having a baby, Japan's Kaori Matsumoto declared that she was ready to make a comeback for Tokyo 2020. Getting back as a mother isn't that easy. Just a hand full of strong judo women had a successful comeback, but most struggle or their mind has changed. It let's admit, there's more important than judo, but there's nothing more important for our lifestyle. Read more

20160807_day3_GJuan_00028_Kaori Matsumoto

Olympic star Kaori Matsumoto gives birth to a girl

14 Jul 2017 11:10

It’s mothers and babies time in the category U57kg, Olympic judo medalist Kaori Matsumoto has given birth to her first child on 13 July. Soon another Olympic and world medallist Automne Pavia is to give birth to a baby as well. Read more


European Judo Championships Preview U70kg: new generation will take it

19 Apr 2017 10:05

None of the top eight U70kg of the Olympic Games in Rio will appear at the European Championships in Warsaw. That leaves space for a new generation. In this case, a new generation of juniors. They have all taken medals, but it is Marie Eve Gahie who has one of the best transitions to the senior division. The French champion claimed silver at the Grand Prix in Düsseldorf in 2017. At the draw, she is the highest seed in Warsaw. Read more


Italian team superior at European Cup in Uster-Zurich

13 Mar 2017 11:55

The Italian team dominated the European Cup for Seniors in Uster. With five titles in the women’s division and eight total gold medals the Italians topped the medal tally in Switzerland. Unfortunately, the field was extremely weak and this edition had record low participation numbers. The Italians had by far the biggest team in Switzerland (51 judoka), a stake of 22% of all participants, and 27% of the medals, and 50% of all gold medals. Read more


Happy homecoming Grand Prix hat-trick for Barbara Matic

24 Sep 2016 21:15

Former double Junior world champion Barbara Matic won her home event for the first time as she delighted her fans with her third career Grand Prix victory. Matic, who has realistic ambitions to be her country’s first Olympic judo medallist, had previously won in Tbilisi 2014 and Qingdao 2015. Read more

Judo birthday

Result City Date
1Tel Aviv2020
5Abu Dhabi2019
Result City Date


First description Second description Third description Four description