Janelle Shepherd

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Janelle Shepherd
Personal information
Nationality Australia
Born (1985-05-03) 3 May 1985 (age 34)
Sydney, New South Wales,
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight83 kg (183 lb)
Event(s)+78 kg
ClubUniversity of New South Wales
Judo Club
Coached byJohn Buckley

Janelle Shepherd (born 3 May 1985 in Sydney, New South Wales) is an Australian judoka, who played for the women's heavyweight category.[1] She is a five-time Australian judo champion for her respective division (2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2010), and also, a member of the University of New South Wales Judo Club, under her personal coach John Buckley.

Shepherd represented Australia at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, where she competed for the women's +78 kg class. She defeated Italy's Michela Torrenti, and Germany's Sandra Köppen in the preliminary rounds, before losing out the quarterfinal match to Cuba's Idalys Ortiz, by an ippon (full point) and an okuri eri jime (sliding lapel strangle).[2] Because her opponent advanced further into the semi-finals, Shepherd offered another for the bronze medal by entering the repechage rounds. Unfortunately, she finished only in ninth place, after losing out the second repechage bout to Egypt's Samah Ramadan, who successfully scored an ippon and a yoko shiho gatame, at one minute and thirty-six seconds.[3]


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Janelle Shepherd". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Women's Heavyweight (+78kg/+172 lbs) Preliminaries". NBC Olympics. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Women's Heavyweight (+78kg/+172 lbs) Repechage". NBC Olympics. Retrieved 29 January 2013.

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