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38-year Sabrina Filzmoser selected for her 13th World Championships
20 Aug 2018 14:05
Sabrina Filzmoser is one of the well known names in the Austrian selection for the World Championships. We thought so many times that it was time to quit, but all the time she was able to set some extraordinary results.
Even last week she won the battle with another “veteran” and Olympic bronze medallist Telma Monteiro (POR) at the Grand Prix in Budapest and reached the 1/8 final but lost to former World Champion Udaka.
The 38-year old Austrian fighter will be for sure the most experienced among all athletes. It will be her 13th World Championships, even in a row since 1999. Filzmoser won World bronze in 2003 and 2010 and took two European titles. Filzmoser: "I am fit and I am not finished, many people thought, but I want to make it to Tokyo and that means that I hope to qualify for the 14th World Championships as well next year in Tokyo. So the more people say I quit, the more I am motivated. I love to climb and climbing the 14th is something special in climbing, this is what I want to achieve as well, the 14th in judo and take a medal of course."
Filzmoser’s career was painted with lots of injuries and last year she was even operated for a serious shoulder injury, but despite her social projects and her work for the IJF Athletes commission, she was always able to recover in time for the annual highlight, this time held from 20-27 September in Baku. Never say never when you think it will be the last time.
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