At 22 years old, including 16 of Judo, Frank De Wit is the rising figure of the impressive Dutch Judo School. He appears as a worthy heir of Anton Geesink or Mark Huizinga, to name but a few, and he is in the lineage of Guillaume Elmont and Maarten Arens, his famous predecessors in the -81 kg division.
2nd at the U18 World championships and U18 Europeans in 2013, U21 World champion and U21 European champion in 2015, Frank De Wit qualifies for the Rio 2016 Olympics at just 20 years old. But he is surprised in the first round by Bulgaria’s Ivanov. In 2017, for his first Senior World championships, the young Dutchman reached the quarter-finals where he was beaten by Iran’s Mollaei, before losing in the repechage against Mongolia’s Otgonbaatar.
Frank De Wit rebounded to this disappointment in the most beautiful way by winning the Grand Slam of Abu Dhabi in the wake, his second success on the IJF World Tour after his victory in Paris in February 2017. He then ranked 3rd at the Tokyo Grand Slam and at the St-Petersburg Masters to finish 2017 and 3rd again in Paris to start th year 2018. At 22 years old, Frank De Wit has already appeared on eight podiums on the IJF World Tour.
By Ludovic Mauchien