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Lukáš Krpálek (born 15 November 1990) is a Czech heavyweight judoka. He is a former world champion (2014), former European champion (2014) and current Olympic Champion (2016). He is the most successful judoka in Czech and Czechoslovakian history, and was named Czech Judoka of the Year eight times between 2008 and 2015.[4]

Lukáš Krpálek
Lukáš Krpálek - Rio 2016.jpg
Krpálek at the 2016 Olympics
Personal information
Nationality Czech
Born (1990-11-15) 15 November 1990 (age 27)
Jihlava, Czechoslovakia[1]
Height 198 cm (6 ft 6 in)[2]
Weight 115 kg (254 lb)
Sport
Sport Judo
Event(s) +100 kg
Club USK Praha
Coached by Petr Lacina[3][4]
Updated on 16 January 2015.
Lukáš Krpálek at the 2012 Prague Grand Prix

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Personal lifeEdit

Krpálek took up judo by chance – he wanted to train in karate, but his uncle mistook the sport.[5] His brother Michal is also a judoka who served as a sparring partner for the Czech judo team at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[6] In 2015 Krpálek married Eva Kaderková; they have a son Antonín, born in 2016.[7][8]

Krpálek is an avid motorcycle collecter and fisherman.[9][10]

Judo careerEdit

JuniorEdit

Krpálek took up judo when he was 6 years old in his hometown of Jihlava[4] under the tutorship of Josef Šimáček. His first coach described him as very tall and slim with poor agility and technique. In 2005 Krpálek moved to a new club SCM Brno, where he was led by the coach Jaroslav Švec. In this year he also became a member of Czech national cadet judo team. In 2006 Krpálek achieved his first international success when he came in second at Cadet European Judo Championships. Since 2007 he's a part of the national junior judo team, which was then led by Krpálek's current coach Petr Lacina. His first major success in the junior category came in 2007 when he finished 5th at the Junior European Judo Championships.[11] Next year Krpálek became both the world and the European junior champion.[12]

SeniorEdit

2009–2011Edit

On 6 June 2009 Krpálek won his first senior Grand Prix tournament in Bucharest.[13] In August the same year he participated in his first World Judo Championships, that year held in Rotterdam. He was defeated in the first round by the French judoka Cyrille Maret. Later in 2009 Krpálek was defeated in the final of Junior European Judo Championships by his later rival Elmar Gasimov of Azerbaijan.[14] However Krpálek became the world junior champion that year again.[15] In 2010 Krpálek slowly became one of the top judokas in his category. His biggest rival that year was the Japanese judoka Takamasa Anai. He defeated Krpálek in the final of Grand Prix in Düsseldorf and later in the World Championships in Tokyo again, this time in the third round. At the European Championships in 2011 Krpálek placed fifth after being defeated by two Georgian judokas. In June he won three Grand Prix tournaments in a row and became the first Czech judoka since independence of the country to win a medal at the World Judo Championships, when he won bronze medal in Paris.[16]

2012 OlympicsEdit

At the start of the 2012 season, Krpálek already had a sure spot at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. At the beginning of the year, his preparation was complicated by a back injury.[17] Because of that, he wasn't able to train for a month, nonetheless he was able to win the Prague Grand Prix tournament in February. At the European Championships he was defeated in the second round by Zafar Machmadov.[18] On 2 August Krpálek participated in the Olympic 100 kg tournament. His first match was in the second round against Japanese judoka Takamasa Anai, a world champion from 2010. Krpálek won by ippon within 25 seconds. In the quarterfinals he went against the reigning world champion at that time, Tagir Khaibulaev from Russia. With one minute remaining Krpálek was leading by one yuko, awarded after his successful Ōuchi gari technique. Fighting on the ground, Khaibulaev was able to get from his opponents grip, then he proceeded to successfully hold Krpálek and was awarded an ippon. After the defeat Krpálek faced Henk Grol in a repechage, and again lost by ippon, this time via Ōuchi gari. Krpálek finished seventh overall.[1][19]

2013–2015Edit

Krpálek entered the new Olympic cycle with a victory at the Grand Slam Paris. Because of that, he received 500 points toward his IJF ranking, and on 13 February 2013, he became world no. 1 for the first time in his career.[20][21] Soon afterwards he won the 2013 European Judo Championships in Budapest. Later, because of his maturita exams, he missed several Grand Prix tournaments and lost his lead in world rankings. He enrolled to a university, which made him eligible for the 2013 Summer Universiade. There he won both the light heavyweight and open weight competitions. At the 2013 World Judo Championships in Rio de Janeiro Krpálek was defeated by Grol in the semifinals, but won a bronze medal after defeating Japanese judoka Takashi Ono.[22] In December he won the Kano Cup in Tokyo. At the beginning of 2014 Krpálek was able to get once again to the final match of Judo Grand Slam Paris, where he was defeated by the home judoka Cyrille Maret.[23] Soon after Krpálek struggled through a series of minor injuries,[24] yet he won the European Championships.[23] Krpálek went to that year's World Championships in an excellent form. His hardest match came in the semifinals where he faced Tagir Khaibulaev. None of the judokas was able to score, but Khaibulaev accumulated more shidos, and Krpálek went into the final. There he went against José Armenteros, a Cuban judoka and surprise of the tournament. In the second half of the match Krpálek won by ippon via Oseakomi waza, winning his first senior world title.[25] Because of health complications he didn’t participate in another tournament for the rest of the year. In the first quarter of 2015 he continued recovering with his knee injury. Thus his first tournament that year was the Grand Prix in Zagreb where he came in third.[26][27] At the end of June Krpálek went to the 2015 European Games in Baku. In the judo competition which that year served as the 2015 European Judo Championships as well, Krpálek lost in the finals to Henk Grol.[28] At the 2015 World Judo Championships Krpálek finished fifth.[29]

2016 OlympicsEdit

In 2016 he once again participated in Grand Slam Paris, where he lost to the Japanese judoka Aaron Wolf in the second round. In late February Krpálek won the Noris Cup in Prague.[30] Despite a shoulder injury, he decided to take part in 2015 European Judo Championships, where he lost to Grigori Minaskin in the first round.[31] At that time Krpálek had been third in the world rankings and thus he had qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.[32] Before the opening ceremony he was chosen by his fellow athletes as the flagbearer of Czech team.[33] Krpálek's Olympic campaign started on 11 August with a match against Jorge Fonseca of Portugal. Fonseca took an early lead after being awarded a yuko, but towards the end of the match Krpálek's physical superiority became apparent. In the last minute he had been awarded a waza-ari after a successful Sumi gaeshi, and won the match. Krpálek faced the Kazakh judoka Maxim Rakov next and won after his opponent was given two shidos. In the quarterfinals he went against the reigning world champion Ryunosuke Haga of Japan. This match was similar to the previous one and after a careful performance, Krpálek won by a difference of one shido. Cyrille Maret was his opponent for the semifinals. Throughout the match Krpálek stayed more active and led by one shido. With one minute remained he won by ippon through an Oseakomi waza. In the final Krpálek faced Elmar Gasimov. Both judokas tried to be active, but failed to score. Near the end Krpálek won by ippon via Ōuchi gari and became the Olympic champion. At the victory ceremony he paid tribute to his departed friend, judoka Alexandr Jurečka.[34][35][36]

StyleEdit

Krpálek is called an "intelligent beast" by his coach Petr Lacina.[37] During the match he is able to stay calm and focused even in tense situations. He can force his own fighting style upon opponents and there are very few judokas who can outsmart him in this respect. As a junior Krpálek with his coach practiced especially ground techniques, however in the senior category many of his opponents are able to defend against such attacks. Because of this, Krpálek lost some important matches in the beginning of his career, especially the quarterfinals at the 2012 Olympic Games. Because of this defeat he focused on standing techniques such as Kumi kata. His signature moves became the Osoto gari in combination with Harai goshi or Uchi mata, yet Sumi gaeshi remained his Tokui waza (favorite personal technique).

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