Elco van der Geest

Elco van der Geest (born 4 May 1979 in Haarlem, North Holland) is a Dutch-born Belgian judoka. Throughout his career, Elco had competed for the Netherlands. In August 2009, Elco accepted the request to join the Belgian team. He achieved Belgian citizenship right before the 2009 World Judo Championships in Rotterdam.

Elco van der Geest
Personal information
Born (1979-05-04) 4 May 1979 (age 43)
Weight class–90 kg, –100 kg
Achievements and titles
World Champ.5th (2011)
European Champ.Gold(2002, 2010)
Olympic Games5th (2004)
Profile at external databases
IJF746, 946
Updated on 15 November 2022.

He is the son of coach Cor van der Geest and a younger brother of Dennis who is also a judoka competing on the highest level.

According to International Judo Federation's World Ranking List, as of June 2010, Elco van der Geest is rank at the number-two spot under Takamasa Anai of Japan.

He has twice competed at the Olympics, once for the Netherlands in 2004 losing to Ihar Makarau in the semi-finals, and then to Ariel Zeevi in the bronze medal match, and then in 2012 where he lost to eventual gold medalist Tagir Khaibulaev in the first round.[1][2]


Year Tournament Place Weight class
2010 European Judo Championships 1st Half heavyweight (100 kg)
2007 European Judo Championships 5th Half heavyweight (100 kg)
2005 European Judo Championships 5th Half heavyweight (100 kg)
2004 Olympic Games 5th Half heavyweight (100 kg)
2003 European Judo Championships 2nd Half heavyweight (100 kg)
2002 European Judo Championships 1st Half heavyweight (100 kg)
2001 European Judo Championships 3rd Half heavyweight (100 kg)


  1. ^ "Elco van der Geest at sports-reference.com". www.sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 27 June 2015. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  2. ^ "London 2012 – Judo – Men's Half-Heavyweight (−100 kg)". www.olympic.org. IOC. Retrieved 8 November 2014.

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