Elco van der Geest
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|Born||4 May 1979|
Elco van der Geest (born 4 May 1979 in Haarlem, Noord-Holland) is a Dutch-born Belgian judoka. Throughout his career, Elco had competed for the Netherlands. In August 2009, Elco accepted the request to join the Belgian team. He achieved Belgian citizenship right before the 2009 World Judo Championships in Rotterdam.
He is the son of coach Cor van der Geest and a younger brother of Dennis who is also a judoka competing on the highest level.
He has twice competed at the Olympics, once for the Netherlands in 2004 losing to Ihar Makarau in the semi-finals, and then to Ariel Zeevi in the bronze medal match, and then in 2012 where he lost to eventual gold medalist Tagir Khaibulaev in the first round.
|2010||European Judo Championships||1st||Half heavyweight (100 kg)|
|2007||European Judo Championships||5th||Half heavyweight (100 kg)|
|2005||European Judo Championships||5th||Half heavyweight (100 kg)|
|2004||Olympic Games||5th||Half heavyweight (100 kg)|
|2003||European Judo Championships||2nd||Half heavyweight (100 kg)|
|2002||European Judo Championships||1st||Half heavyweight (100 kg)|
|2001||European Judo Championships||3rd||Half heavyweight (100 kg)|
- "Elco van der Geest at sports-reference.com". www.sports-reference.com. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
- "London 2012 - Judo - Men's Half-Heavyweight (-100 kg)". www.olympic.org. IOC. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
- Elco van der Geest at JudoInside.com
- Videos of Elco van der Geest (judovision.org)
- Dutch Olympic Committee
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