JudoInside – News – Luise Malzahn bid farewell to the best judo

The athlete with the second most medals on the IJF World Tour has announced his retirement. Luise Malzahn said that was enough after more than 1000 competitions on the international stage in all events. She celebrated her farewell in her hometown of Halle among her friends and family who have supported her for 23 years.

Luise Malzahn: “It was emotional madness and again I’m sure I made the right decision.” Malzahn has won 35 medals on the IJF World Tour, four behind leader Urantsetseg Munkhbat. She has won 42 World Cup medals in total worldwide. She won a bronze medal at the World Championships in 2015 and appeared in the final of two European Championships in 2015 and 2020 and won four European medals in total. She finished fifth at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Malzahn: “I’m so grateful for the time I’ve been through, for the ups and downs, the wins and losses, grateful for all of my opponents on the mat who have made me the strong woman I am today. New tasks await me now and I can’t wait to be able to watch judo from the edge of the mat in the future!” she announced on her Facebook account.

Her sister Claudia (39) also participated in the Olympic Games in 2012 and won medals at the European and World Championships. Last year Luise won the Baku Grand Slam which she will not be defending this year and the city where she fought best in four finals, well five including the European Games.

Her career started when she was only 14 years old in the junior events where she quickly won the medals, followed by the German youth title in 2005. She would win more than ten German titles in all age categories, including five senior titles. She won the European Cadet title in 2006 and faced countless opponents representing the German team in various tag team championships. She won a bronze medal at the World Junior Championships with opponents such as Akari Ogata, Kayla Harrison and Mayra Aguiar. Born in 1990, she is from the same year as Kayla Harrison, Audrey Tcheumeo, Shori Hamada and Natalie Powell to name a few competitors.

She has fought over 10 battles over the years with Marhinde Verkerk, Ana Velensek, Natalie Powell, Daria Pogorzelec and Madeleine Malonga.