Uta Kühnen (born 9 August 1975 in Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden-Württemberg) is a German judoka who competed in the women's half-heavyweight category.[1] She held three German senior titles in her own division, picked up a total of twenty-nine medals in her career, including a bronze from the 2000 European Judo Championships in Wrocław, Poland, and represented Germany in two editions of the Olympic Games (2000 and 2004).[2] Kuhnen also trained as a full-fledged member of the judo squad for the Berlin Sports Club under her personal coach and sensei Norbert Littkoff, who also headed the German national team.[3][4]

Uta Kühnen
Personal information
Full nameUta Kühnen
Nationality Germany
Born (1975-08-09) 9 August 1975 (age 46)
Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden-
, West Germany
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight75 kg (165 lb)
Event(s)78 kg
ClubSC Berlin
Coached byNorbert Littkopf
Medal record
Women's judo
Representing  Germany
European Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2000 Wrocław 78 kg

Kuhnen made her official debut at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, where she competed for the German team in the women's half-heavyweight class (78 kg). She thwarted Gabon's Mélanie Engoang in a sudden-death prelim match, before falling short in her next bout to South Korea's Lee So-yeon, who threw her off the tatami with a double yuko score within four seconds.[5][6]

At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Kuhnen qualified for her second German squad again in the women's half-heavyweight class (78 kg), by placing seventh from the World Championships in Osaka, Japan.[7][8] Unlike her previous Olympics, Kuhnen received a bye in the first round, but slipped her medal chances with a shido penalty, a yuko score, and a kuchiki taoshi hold (single leg takedown) from Cuban judoka and eventual bronze medalist Yurisel Laborde during their second-round match.[9][10]


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Uta Kühnen". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Deutsche Judoka vor Olympia in Aufwind" [German judoka rises before the Olympics] (in German). Rheinische Post. 21 May 2000. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  3. ^ Peters, Maren (28 September 1999). "Trotz Siegeswille: "Ein ganzes Leben möchte ich mich nicht so quälen."" [Despite of her goal to win, "I would not like to torment my own life"] (in German). Der Tagesspiegel. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Verstärkung für Judoka des SC Berlin" [SC Berlin has gained another judoka] (in German). Der Tagesspiegel. 23 April 1998. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  5. ^ "Sydney 2000: Judo – Women's Half-Heavyweight (78kg)" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. pp. 118–119. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 September 2016. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Judo: Erneute Pleite auf der Matte" [Judo: Re-bankruptcy on the mat] (in German). Spiegel Online. 21 September 2000. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  7. ^ "Judo-WM: Verletzung bringt Sandra Köppen um Medaille" [World Judo Championships: Sandra Köppen missed a medal due to injury] (in German). Rheinische Post. 11 September 2003. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  8. ^ "Köppen und Möller Fünfte" [Köppen and Möller placed fifth] (in German). n-tv. 11 September 2003. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  9. ^ "Judo: Women's Half-Heavyweight (78kg/172 lbs) Round of 16". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 15 August 2004. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  10. ^ "Jurack holt vierte Judo-Medaille" [Jurack brings fourth judo medal] (in German). Die Welt. 19 August 2004. Retrieved 23 November 2014.

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