Nikita Glasnović

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Nikita Glasnović
Nikita Glasnović Rio2016.jpg
Glasnović at the 2016 Olympics
Personal information
Nationality Croatian
Born (1995-01-17) 17 January 1995 (age 23)[1]
Malmö, Sweden
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[2]
Weight 57 kg (126 lb)
Sport
Country Croatia
Sport Taekwondo
Event(s) Featherweight ( –57 kg)
Club Toigye Taekwondo Club[3]
Coached by Mario Glasnović (father)[3]

Nikita Glasnović (born 17 January 1995) is a Swedish taekwondo practitioner of Croatian descent.[4] She represented Sweden at the 2016 Summer Olympics in the 57 kg division, and lost a bronze medal match to Kimia Alizadeh.[2]

Nikita and her younger brother Leon train at the Toigye Taekwondo Club in Malmö, which is run by their father, Mario Glasnovic; she took up taekwondo aged four. She is named after the lead character in Luc Besson's movie Nikita, and her brother received his name after the protagonist of Léon: The Professional. In 2011, she was selected as Malmö Most Promising Female Athlete of the Year and in 2015 as the Malmö Female Athlete of the Year. She failed to qualify for the 2016 Olympics by a one point at the 2015 Grand Prix final, where she finished fourth, yet she was invited to the Olympics after withdrawal of one of the competitors, Huang Yun-wen. She studied media and communications at Lund University in 2014–15, and rhetorics at Linnaeus University in 2015. In 2016, she enrolled to the art history program at Umea University and to courses in Bosnian, Serbian and Croatian languages and literature at Uppsala University.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nikita Glasnović. Swedish Olympic Committee
  2. ^ a b "Nikita Glasnovic". rio2016.com. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Nikita Glasnović. nbcolympics.com
  4. ^ "OS: Nikita väntar på motståndarens misstag". Sveriges Radio. 23 June 2016. Retrieved 20 August 2016.