Distria Krasniqi

Distria Krasniqi NK (Albanian pronunciation: [diˈstɾia kɾasˈnici]; born 10 December 1995) is a Kosovar judoka. She received a gold medal in the women's 48-kg judo competition at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.[2][3] In August 2021, she was awarded the Honor of the Nation Decoration of Albania by the President of Albania.[4]

Distria Krasniqi
Distria Krasniqi (cropped2).jpg
Personal information
Born (1995-10-12) 12 October 1995 (age 26)
Peć, FR Yugoslavia
(now Peja, Kosovo)
Height1.53 m (5 ft 0 in)[1]
Country Kosovo
Weight class–48 kg, –52 kg
Achievements and titles
World Champ.Bronze(2019)
European Champ.Gold(2021)
Olympic GamesGold (2020)
Profile at external databases
Updated on 24 June 2022.

Life and careerEdit

She took up the sport at the age of seven and was encouraged by her brother with whom she practiced the sport.[5]

In mid 2018, she later switched to the super lightweight category of 48 kilograms from 52kg event after missing out on qualifying for the 2016 Summer Olympics. As a result, she avoided her fellow Kosovan team mate and 2016 Olympic champion Majlinda Kelmendi in the light weight division, as well as Nora Gjakova, the 2018 European light weight champion in the qualification round for the 2020 Olympic Games.[6]

She won bronze medal in the 48kg category at the 2019 World Judo Championships.[7] In 2020, she won one of the bronze medals in the women's 48 kg event at the 2020 European Judo Championships held in Prague, Czech Republic.[8] In 2021, she won the gold medal in her event at the 2021 Judo World Masters held in Doha, Qatar.[9][10]

She represented Kosovo at the 2020 Summer Olympics held in Tokyo, Japan which also marked her debut appearance at the Olympics and claimed a gold medal in the women's 48kg event.[11][12][13]

She won the Female Athlete of the Year award at the 2021 Judo Awards.[14]

She won the silver medal in her event at the 2022 Judo Grand Slam Paris held in Paris, France.[15] She won the gold medal in the women's 52 kg event at the 2022 Mediterranean Games held in Oran, Algeria.[16]


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  2. ^ Nandita Deodhar (29 July 2021). "Kosovo's Distria Krasniqi wins historic gold in Tokyo, marking the country's second-ever Olympic medal". GCP Awards Blog. Retrieved 6 August 2021.
  3. ^ "Judo KRASNIQI Distria - Tokyo 2020 Olympics". .. Archived from the original on 20 July 2021. Retrieved 6 August 2021.
  4. ^ "Presidenti Meta vlerëson me Dekoratën 'Nderi i Kombit' xhudistet kosovare D'Istria Krasniqi dhe Nora Gjakova si dhe trajnerin e tyre, Driton Kuka: Shembuj frymëzimi për sportistet e reja, që lartësuan krenarinë kombëtare!" (in Albanian). President of Albania. Archived from the original on 13 August 2021. Retrieved 13 August 2021.
  5. ^ Cowen, Thea (6 February 2021). "KRASNIQI CONTINUES TO CONQUER THE LIGHTWEIGHT CATEGORY". European Judo Union. Retrieved 24 July 2021.
  6. ^ "Judo in the time of Covid-19: Distria Krasniqi". www.judoinside.com. Retrieved 24 July 2021.
  7. ^ 2019 World Judo Championships –48 kg results
  8. ^ Browne, Ken (19 November 2020). "Giuffrida and Safarov shine on Day 1 of the 2020 judo European Championships". Olympic Channel. Archived from the original on 19 November 2020. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  9. ^ "2021 Judo World Masters". International Judo Federation. Archived from the original on 12 January 2021. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  10. ^ Gillen, Nancy (11 January 2021). "Olympic silver medallist An wins under-66kg contest at IJF World Judo Masters". InsideTheGames.biz. Archived from the original on 11 January 2021. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  11. ^ "Judo-Kosovo's Krasniqi wins first judo gold medal at Tokyo 2020". Reuters. 24 July 2021. Retrieved 24 July 2021.
  12. ^ "Naohisa Takato claims Japan's 1st Tokyo gold with judo win". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 24 July 2021.
  13. ^ "Judo KRASNIQI Distria - Tokyo 2020 Olympics". .. Archived from the original on 18 July 2021. Retrieved 29 July 2021.
  14. ^ Houston, Michael (19 December 2021). "Krasniqi and Shavdatuashvili win top prizes at 2021 Judo Awards". InsideTheGames.biz. Retrieved 19 December 2021.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. ^ Lloyd, Owen (5 February 2022). "Japan claims four gold medals on Judo Paris Grand Slam opening day". InsideTheGames.biz. Retrieved 6 February 2022.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  16. ^ "Judo Results Book" (PDF). 2022 Mediterranean Games. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 July 2022. Retrieved 4 July 2022.

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