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Nora and Akil Gjakova win main prizes in Kosovo Laureates
4 Mar 2019 22:50
Nora and Akil Gjakova are the winners of the major sports prizes in Kosovo in 2018. The siblings won the main prizes in the 2018 Laureates Announcement Ceremony organized for the third time by the Kosovo Olympic Committee.
The last year’s European champion and that of the Mediterranean Games Tarragona 2018, Nora Gjakova, won “Female Athlete of The Year” prize in 2018. “It is a great honour for me to become amongst the best athletes of Kosovo,” said Nora.
Whereas, her brother, Akil Gjakova who won the gold medal at 2018 Grand Slam in Paris, who became Europe’s Champion of U-23 and also Gold Medallist at the Mediterranean Games Tarragona 2018, won “Male Athlete of the Year” prize in 2018. Akil thanked the NOC for the prize, his family, his coach Driton Kuka and especially the head of Kosovo Judo Federation, Agron Kuka.
Their coach, Driton Kuka, won for the third time the prize "Coach of the Year", but this time the award was shared by his student, Majlinda Kelmendi. "I am privileged to have received the award from my student Majlinda Kelmendi. In 2018, except the girls, Akil Gjakova came on the scene. He won the Grand Slam of Paris, which is one of the biggest competitions after the World Championship”.
Judo received two more awards. Shpat Zeka was appreciated as “The Greatest Olympic Hope” after becoming Europe’s vice-champion for juniors. While the same award but in women's competition was given to Erza Muminovic, the bronze medallist from the Youth Olympic Games "Buenos Aires 2018" and European champion for cadets.
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