Dirk Van Tichelt has announced his retirement from top sport. “A neck injury has literally nailed me”, says the 36-year-old (ex-) judoka, who reached his peak 4 years ago when he took bronze at the Olympic Games in Rio.
Press conference Dirk Van Tichelt
Dirk Van Tichelt has been at the top in his category (-73 kg) for many years, culminating in Olympic bronze in 2016. In 2008 he was crowned European champion, at the World Cup he finished 3rd twice (in 2009 and in 2013 ). Van Tichelt also sold medals at other international tournaments.