Jani Kallunki

Jani Kallunki (born 5 November 1975) is a retired Finnish Paralympic judoka who competed in international level events, he also participated in goalball at the 1996 Summer Paralympics where he won the gold medal for his country. He is a double Paralympic bronze medalist, a European champion and a World bronze medalist.[1][2]

Jani Kallunki
Personal information
Born (1975-11-05) 5 November 1975 (age 45)
Skövde, Sweden
Sport
Country Finland
SportParalympic judo
DisabilityFetal retinal developmental disorder
Retired2014
Medal record
Paralympic judo
Representing  Finland
Paralympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 2004 Athens Men's -66kg
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Beijing Men's -66kg
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2011 Antalya Men's -66kg
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Brommat Men's -66kg
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 2009 Debrecen Men's -66kg
Silver medal – second place 2005 Vlaardingen Men's -66kg
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Eger Men's -66kg
Goalball
Paralympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1996 Atlanta Men's tournament

Kallunki was born in Sweden to Finnish parents, he started wrestling when he was six years old. He then switched to goalball aged sixteen and played for the national team who won the gold medal at the 1996 Summer Paralympics.[3][4]

Kallunki retired from sport in 2014 after a 30 year sporting career due to a relapsed neck injury from the 2012 IBSA World Judo Championships.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Jani Kallunki Judoka". JudoInside. 31 August 2020.
  2. ^ "Jani Kallunki - IPC Profile". International Paralympic Committee. 31 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Visually impaired Jani Kallunki: "I couldn't survive without applications" (in Finnish)". Sosiaalivakuutus. 10 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Jani Kallunki finds strength in his visual impairment (in Finnish)". yle.fi. 15 May 2012.
  5. ^ "Three-time Paralympic medalist Jani Kallunki quits his sporting career (in Finnish)". Suomen Judoliitto. 31 August 2020.