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Friday, March 17, 2017

Dex Elmont on competition judo: You're either in or you're out!

A nice interview with Dex Elmont about his retirement from judo. In today's highly competitive climate, it's hard stay on top without being a full-time athlete. As Elmont puts it: you're either in or you're out!

Q: Did you see that the last Australian Open’s winners, Serena Williams and Roger Federer, were aged 34 and 35 and played less matches last year than most of the other top players of the Tour. What are your ideas for a better (IJF World) Tour, a Tour that will let you go more often in Suriname and compete successfully over 35?

A: There is a big difference between tennis and judo. Tennis has more financial benefits. So even if my body was able to fight at this age, the social effects are not beneficial for my future. In life you have to make choices. Judo is becoming a full time job. Now you have to be in, OR you are out.

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Krasniqi - literally grappling with greatness

A really nice piece on Distria Krasniqi, the talented training partner of Olympic and Double World Champion Majlinda Kelmendi.

In most international competitions, two fighters from the same category and country are permitted. After that, it is down to the draw to select if and when Distria and Majlinda will meet again.

As Distria is very aware, this is true for every competition except the Olympic Games, which in 2020 is to be held in Japan, the land of Judo. There can be only one Kosovar representative in the women’s under 52 kg competition in Tokyo.

To win an Olympic medal, the jewel in the crown of sporting achievements,
Distria has to gather more points than her compatriot, and world and Olympic champion, Majlinda Kelmendi.

“Judo is fair,” Distria states simply. “You fight your way up. You gather points, and then you qualify or you do not. I have an advantage over every other fighter in the world who wants  to challenge the holder of the highest titles in under 52 kg — I fight her every day.”

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