Majlinda Kelmendi

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Majlinda Kelmendi
MPM[1]
Memli Krasniqi meeting Majlinda Kelmendi (cropped).JPG
Personal information
NationalityAlbanian[2][3]
Kosovan
Born (1991-05-09) 9 May 1991 (age 29)
Peja, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Height1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Weight51 kg (112 lb)
Sport
SportJudo
Rank1 (52kg)
Event(s)52 kg
Coached byDriton Kuka

Majlinda Kelmendi MPM (Albanian pronunciation: [majˈlinda kɛlˈmɛndi]; born 9 May 1991) is a Kosovo-Albanian judoka.

In 2014, Majlinda topped the IJF Women's Prestige World Ranking List.[4][5] On 7 August 2016, she became the first Kosovar athlete to win a medal at the Olympic Games when she claimed gold in the women's −52 kg category in Rio de Janeiro.[6] She represented Albania in 2012 but failed to win a medal.[7]

Life[edit]

Majlinda Kelmendi was born on 9 May 1991 into an Albanian family in the city of Peja, then part of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, present Kosovo[a].[8][9][2][3][10]

Career[edit]

In 2009, Kelmendi won the gold medal at the World Junior Championships in Paris.[11] In 2010, she came 5th at the World Junior Championships in Morocco[12] and finished 9th in the 52 kg category at the 2010 World Judo Championships in Tokyo, Japan.[13] She defeated Jaana Sundberg in the first round of the 2012 Olympics but then lost to Christianne Legentil in the second round.[14]

At the 2013 World Judo Championships, Kelmendi gave Kosovo its first ever judo world title as she beat Brazil's Erika Miranda in the −52 kg gold medal match in Rio de Janeiro. The 22-year-old – the first Kosovar judoka to win a medal at the championships since Kosovo's declaration of independence in 2008 – was not a shock winner as she came to Rio de Janeiro ranked number one in her category having won the prestigious Masters event.[citation needed] Kelmendi retained the world title in 2014. She only lost twice in 2013 and had beaten everyone of note in her division.[15] She did not defend her title the following year due to injury.

In February 2016, she won the gold medal at Paris Grand Slam, making her third consecutive title after winning in 2014 and 2015.[16] Two months later, she earned a gold medal at the 2016 European Judo Championships in Kazan, Russia.[17] At the 2016 Summer Olympics she became the first ever Kosovan athlete to win a gold medal, or any medal at all, for Kosovo at an Olympic Games.[6] Controversy arose when reports emerged that she had declined to take an unscheduled doping control test in June in France; her trainer insists she is clean, and that she refused due to the tester having no authorisation from WADA.[18]

Due to the resistance of International Olympic Committee and the United Nations, Kelmendi was unable to represent Kosovo at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Also, IOC turned down Kelmendi's request to compete as an independent athlete. Kelmendi chose to represent Albania, as the vast majority of Kosovars are ethnic Albanians.

In October 2014, the International Olympic Committee provisionally recognised the Olympic Committee of Kosovo and gave it full membership on 9 December 2014.[19][20] Kosovo participated at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the country's first appearance at an Olympic event.[21] Kelmendi was Kosovo's flag bearer during the Parade of Nations of the opening ceremony in Rio.[22] Her gold medal in those games was Kosovo's first ever Olympic medal. She is also a citizen of Albania and has an Albanian passport.[2][3]

Statistics[edit]

Medals record[edit]

Source:[23]

2009
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) World Cup − 52 kg, Prague
2010
2nd place, silver medalist(s) World Cup − 52 kg, Sofia
1st place, gold medalist(s) European Cup − 52 kg, Sarajevo
1st place, gold medalist(s) Grand Prix − 52 kg, Tunis
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) World Cup − 52 kg, Tallinn
2011
2nd place, silver medalist(s) World Cup − 52 kg, Sofia
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Grand Prix − 52 kg, Düsseldorf
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) World Cup − 52 kg, Lisbon
1st place, gold medalist(s) World Cup − 52 kg, Rome
1st place, gold medalist(s) World Cup − 52 kg, Minsk
1st place, gold medalist(s) Grand Prix − 52 kg, Abu Dhabi
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Grand Prix − 52 kg, Amsterdam
2012
1st place, gold medalist(s) European Cup − 52 kg, Prague
2nd place, silver medalist(s) World Cup − 52 kg, Rome
1st place, gold medalist(s) World Cup − 52 kg, Istanbul
1st place, gold medalist(s) Grand Prix − 52 kg, Abu Dhabi
2013
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Grand Slam − 52 kg, Paris
1st place, gold medalist(s) Grand Prix − 52 kg, Düsseldorf
1st place, gold medalist(s) Grand Prix − 52 kg, Samsun
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) European Championships − 52 kg, Budapest
1st place, gold medalist(s) IJF World Masters − 52 kg, Tyumen
1st place, gold medalist(s) World Championships − 52 kg, Rio de Janeiro
2014
1st place, gold medalist(s) Grand Slam − 52 kg, Paris
1st place, gold medalist(s) Grand Prix − 52 kg, Samsun
1st place, gold medalist(s) European Championships − 52 kg, Montpellier
1st place, gold medalist(s) Grand Prix − 52 kg, Budapest
1st place, gold medalist(s) World Championships − 52 kg, Chelyabinsk
1st place, gold medalist(s) Grand Slam − 52 kg, Abu Dhabi
2015
1st place, gold medalist(s) European Cup − 52 kg, Prague
1st place, gold medalist(s) World Cup − 52 kg, Lisbon
1st place, gold medalist(s) Grand Slam − 52 kg, Paris
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Grand Slam − 52 kg, Abu Dhabi
2016
1st place, gold medalist(s) Grand Slam − 52 kg, Paris
1st place, gold medalist(s) European Championships − 52kg, Kazan
1st place, gold medalist(s) Grand Prix − 52 kg, Budapest
1st place, gold medalist(s) Olympic Games − 52 kg, Rio de Janeiro
2017
1st place, gold medalist(s) Grand Slam − 52 kg, Paris
1st place, gold medalist(s) European Championships − 52kg, Warsaw
2018
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Grand Slam − 52 kg, Abu Dhabi
1st place, gold medalist(s) Grand Prix − 52 kg, Tashkent
2019
1st place, gold medalist(s) Grand Prix − 52 kg, Tel Aviv
1st place, gold medalist(s) Grand Slam − 52 kg, Düsseldorf
1st place, gold medalist(s) European Games − 52 kg, Minsk
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) World Championships − 52 kg, Tokyo

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008. Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the 2013 Brussels Agreement. Kosovo is currently recognized as an independent state by 98 out of the 193 United Nations member states. In total, 113 UN member states recognized Kosovo at some point, of which 15 later withdrew their recognition.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Presidentja Atifete Jahjaga ia ndau Majlinda Kelmendit Medaljen Presidenciale të Meritave" (in Albanian). Presidential Office of Kosovo. Archived from the original on 25 September 2020. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Browne, Luke (19 May 2012). "The Olympics Interview: Majlinda Kelmendi". Financial Times (FT). Archived from the original on 25 September 2020. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "London 2012: Judoka's Kosovo Olympic bid turned down". British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). 25 May 2012. Archived from the original on 25 September 2020. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  4. ^ "Kelmendi and Tchrikishvili crowned IJF Prestige World Ranking List winners". International Judo Federation. Archived from the original on 9 August 2016. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Vizer shpall Majlindën më të mirën në botë". Telegrafi.com. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  6. ^ a b MacPhail, Cameron (7 August 2016). "Majlinda Kelmendi makes history with victory in women's judo as Kosovo wins first ever gold medal". rio2016.com. Rio 2016. Archived from the original on 8 August 2016. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  7. ^ "London 2012 Olympics – Majlinda Kelmendi : Albania, Judo". Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Rreth Majlinda Kelmendi" (in Albanian). Insporti. Archived from the original on 25 September 2020. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  9. ^ "Majlinda Kelmendi". Kosovo Info. Archived from the original on 25 September 2020. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  10. ^ Kasapolli, V. (20 May 2010). "Kosovo: Majlinda, the judo star". Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa. Archived from the original on 25 September 2020. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  11. ^ Mark Lowe (17 September 2010). "Politics bears down on 2012 hopeful Majlinda Kelmendi". BBC Sport News. Retrieved 24 November 2010.
  12. ^ "IJF World Championship Juniors 2010 – 52kg category results" (PDF). International Judo Federation. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 November 2013. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  13. ^ "World Championships 2010 – 52kg category results" (PDF). IJF website. International Judo Federation. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 November 2013. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  14. ^ "London 2012: 48-52kg halflightweight women – Olympic Judo". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  15. ^ T.P. Grant (26 August 2014). "2014 World Judo Championships Day 2: Men's −60kg and Women's". Bloody Elbow.
  16. ^ "JudoInside – News – Majlinda Kelmendi claims third title in Paris".
  17. ^ "IJF live results".
  18. ^ "Kosovo's First Ever Olympic Medalist on Her 'Great Moment'". Time.
  19. ^ Karolos Grohmann (23 October 2014). "Olympics: IOC has no concerns over Kosovo recognition". Reuters.
  20. ^ "Kosovo to compete at Rio 2016 Olympics after recognition from IOC", Associated Press, 9 December 2014.
  21. ^ "Kosovo given go-ahead by IOC to take part in 2016 Olympics". The Guardian.
  22. ^ "Majlinda Kelmendi carries the flag of Kosovo at Rio 2016". 100Judo.com. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  23. ^ "Majlinda Kelmendi, Judoka, Judobase". Retrieved 27 January 2019.

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