Eric Hänni

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Eric Hänni
Eric Hänni, Takehide Nakatani, Oleg Stepanov 1964.jpg
Eric Hänni (left) at the 1964 Olympics
Personal information
Born19 December 1938 (1938-12-19) (age 80)
Delémont, Switzerland[1]
Height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Eric Hänni in 2011

Eric Hänni (born 19 December 1938) is a retired Swiss judoka who competed between 1959 and 1974. In 1964 he won an Olympic silver medal and a European bronze medal in the lightweight category.[2][3] During his career Hänni won seven individual national titles (1959, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1969–71) and took part in twelve European and three world championships.[1]

His parents divorced before he was ten, and Hänni's lived with his uncle in Bern. He then moved to Canton of Jura where he worked as a mechanic. Besides competing in judo, he also acted as a referee, at the national (since 1965), European (since 1974) and world level (since 1985). In 1966 he started coaching judo, first in Zurich and between 1967 and 1972 at Nippon Bern.[4] In 1972 he opened his own judo club in his native Delémont, which he ran until 1995. In parallel, he trained the national junior and senior teams and acted as vice-president of the Swiss Judo Association. In 2014, he became the first Swiss judoka to receive an honorary 9th dan.

Hänni is married and has two children. He is a fan motorcycle racing, in which he competed at the national level.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Haenni (Hänni), Eric (1938–). Dictionnaire du Jura 2005–2015.
  2. ^ Eric Hänni
  3. ^ Eric Haenni – Judoka.
  4. ^ Willkommen in Berns erster Kampfsportschule!