Dirk Van Tichelt

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Dirk Van Tichelt
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Van Tichelt in 2016
Medal record
Men's judo
Representing  Belgium
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 2016 Rio de Janeiro 73 kg
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Rotterdam 73 kg
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Rio de Janeiro 73 kg
European Games
Bronze medal – third place 2015 Baku 73 kg
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 2008 Lisbon 73 kg

Dirk Van Tichelt (born 10 June 1984) is a Belgian judoka.

His biggest achievement was his European title in Lisbon. In the same year, at the Beijing Olympics he came fifth after losing in the first round to gold-medallist Elnur Mammadli and later losing in the bronze medal match to Rasul Boqiev. At the 2009 World Championships, he reached the semi-finals but there he lost to Kim Chol-Su. In the bronze medal match he beat Sezer Huysuz to take his first bronze medal at a world championships. At the 2013 World Championships, he again won bronze, losing to eventual champion Shohei Ono in the semi-final and beating Dastan Ykybayev in his bronze medal match.

In the 2016 Summer Olympics, Van Tichelt won the bronze medal against Miklos Ungvari.


Year Tournament Place Weight class
2008 European Championships 1st Lightweight (−73 kg)
2008 Summer Olympics 5th Lightweight (−73 kg)
2009 World Judo Championships 3rd Lightweight (73  kg)
2016 Summer Olympics 3rd Lightweight (73  kg)

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