Grol in 2012
|Full name||Hindrik Harmannus Arnoldus Grol|
|Born||April 14, 1985|
|Alma mater||Johan Cruijff College|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||110 kg (243 lb)|
|Coached by||Maarten Arens, Ronald Joorse|
|Achievements and titles|
|Updated on 26 November 2018.|
He won gold in the men's under 100-kilo class at the 2008 European Judo Championships in Lisbon, Portugal. He was the youngest European Champion of that year, only 22 years old.
After a highly competitive race against Elco van der Geest, Grol ended up to be the 2008 representative for the men's 100 kg category for the Netherlands at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. There he reached the semifinals, where he was beaten by Askhat Zhitkeyev from Kazakhstan. He went on to win bronze.
He competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics, reaching the quarter-finals, where he lost to Dimitri Peters of Germany. Grol went on to win the bronze medal beating Ramziddin Sayidov in his bronze medal match.
Outside of Judo
After the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro he considered starting a mixed martial arts career and trained with Gegard Mousasi in Amsterdam. Eventually he decided to quit training MMA due to safety considerations.
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