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Injuries force Joachim Bottieau to retire before Tokyo worlds
8 Aug 2019 14:50
Belgian judoka Joachim Bottieau will retire with immediate effect due to injuries. Bottieau fought U81kg with some of the best players and competed at the Olympic Games in 2012 and 2016. In 2016 he won the World Masters in Guadalajara in the final against Travis Stevens who later won Olympic silver.
Bottieau won European bronze in 2012 and 2013. The 30-year old won World Cups in Sao Paolo (2011) and Bucharest (2013-2017) and won the Grand Prix in Düsseldorf in 2015 and 2016. He is five time Belgian champion. In total he calied 13 World Cup medals. He won two bronze medals at the Junior European Championships and two U23 Euro medals. He competed at six World Championships and two Olympics. This year he was in the final of the European Open in Cluj Napoca and he competed at the European Games in Minsk. Joachim comes from a true judo family in Belgium.
In 2016 he reached the highest position in the IJF World Ranking with a seventh place. Bottieau can look back at a judo career of 15 years of international tournaments.
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