Do you remember Ryoko Tani, seven-time World champion and five-time Olympic medalist between 1992 and 2008 ? Well, Daria Bilodid beat her ! By a… few days. In Baku, on September 20, 2018, the Ukrainian became the youngest World champion in the history of Judo, at 17 years and 345 days (18 years and 27 days for Tani, 18 years and 159 days for Teddy Riner).
Born in Kiev from a father two-time European champion and World bronze medalist, Gennady, and a mother cadet national team coach, Svetlana, the lanky Daria has who to hold. She is also full of talent.
It is very simple. Throughout her career, started in 2015, she has only 5 defeats, including 3 in a final (over 100 fights). U18 World champion in 2015 and Junior European champion in 2016, Daria Bilodid conquers her 1st Senior title in 2017, becoming European champion in Warsaw, at 16 years and a half. In 2018, she even achieves a double World U21 / World Senior titles. At 18 years and a half, she already has 7 podiums, including 5 wins (The Hague 2017, Tunis, Paris, Dusseldorf, Zagreb 2018) on the IJF World Tour. Her ambition ? To be the youngest Olympic champion in the history of Judo.
By Ludovic Mauchien