Daniela Krukower

Daniela Yael Krukower (Hebrew: דניאלה קרוקובר‎; born 6 January 1975 in Colegiales, Buenos Aires[1]) is a former judoka from Argentina.

Daniela Krukower
Personal information
Full nameDaniela Yael Krukower
Born6 January 1975 (1975-01-06) (age 46)
Buenos Aires, Argentina

BiographyEdit

Krukower was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina to a Jewish family, and at an early age moved with her family to Israel where Daniela was introduced to Judo. In the mid 90' Israel judo had two promising female judoka, Einat Yaron[2] and Daniela, both competing in the -63 category. The two girls were more rivals than they were friends. Daniela thought Yaron was favoured by the Israel Judo Association and since the IFJ limits each country to one participant in each category at the Olympic Games she decided to represent her birth country Argentina.[3]

She retired at beginning of 2009/10 season due to lack of motivation after winning gold at 2009 Pan American Judo Championships.[4]

JudoEdit

The highlight of Daniela's career came at the World Judo Championships in Osaka. In the final she beat by ippon Cuban Olympic gold medalist Driulys González. She was not considered a favourite before the championships, but was a known competitor. After her win, Daniela became a celebrity in Argentina and a medal hope for the Olympic Games the following year.

Unlike at the World Championships in Osaka, at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens Krukower came as big favourite. She won her first two fights by golden score and in the semi-final she faced Ayumi Tanimoto from Japan. Early in the fight, following a technique by the Japanese judoka, Daniela broke her hand. The extent of the injury was serious and Krukower could not continue in tournament. Driulys González her next potential opponent won the bronze medal without a fight. In result of the injury the Argentine media call Daniela "Iron Lady".[5]

Krukower went on to compete but managed only continental successes.

In the judo competition at the 2005 Maccabiah Games, she won a silver medal when 17-year-old Alice Schlesinger defeated her in the final.[6][7]

AchievementsEdit

Year Tournament Place Weight class
2000 Summer Olympic Games 9th Middleweight (- 70 kg)
2004 Summer Olympic Games 5th Half-Middleweight (- 63 kg)
2008 Summer Olympic Games 9th Half-Middleweight (- 63 kg)
Year Tournament Place Weight class
1997 World Judo Championships AC Middleweight (- 66 kg)
1999 World Judo Championships ??? ?
2001 World Judo Championships DNS -
2003 World Judo Championships 1st Half-Middleweight (- 63 kg)
2005 World Judo Championships AC Half-Middleweight (- 63 kg)
2007 World Judo Championships 9th Half-Middleweight (- 63 kg)
Year Tournament Place Weight class
2003 Pan American Games 3rd Half-Middleweight (- 63 kg)
2007 Pan American Games 3rd Half-Middleweight (- 63 kg)
Year Tournament Place Weight class
2005 Pan American Judo Championships 3rd Half-Middleweight (- 63 kg)
2006 Pan American Judo Championships 3rd Half-Middleweight (- 63 kg)
2007 Pan American Judo Championships 2nd Half-Middleweight (- 63 kg)
2008 Pan American Judo Championships 3rd Half-Middleweight (- 63 kg)
2009 Pan American Judo Championships 1st Half-Middleweight (- 63 kg)
Year Tournament Place Weight class
2002 South American Games 2nd Half-Middleweight (- 63 kg)
2006 South American Games 1st Half-Middleweight (- 63 kg)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2010-06-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ http://www.judoinside.com/uk/?factfile/view/2769/einat_yaron
  3. ^ http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/sports/judo-israeli-squad-leaves-japan-empty-handed-1.100106
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-03-16. Retrieved 2010-06-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "la dama de hierro"
  6. ^ "Maccabiah day 1: Swimming records set". Ynetnews. June 20, 1995. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  7. ^ Kaplowitz, Aaron (14 July 2005). "Ze'evi cruises to judo gold. Schlesinger topples former women's world champion". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved November 11, 2011.

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