Katharina Haecker

Born in Germany to an Australian father and a German mother, Katharina Haecker was introduced to the sport in Hamburg when she was six. Having won a number of junior international titles she took a break from judo and spent a year in Australia. She returned to Germany, moved up a weight division from -57kg to -63kg and, despite it taking a little while to adjust, began to see the strong results return. She began fighting in Australia and got selected to represent the green and gold at the 2014 Oceania Championships which she went on to win. After going down in the fight for bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, she defended her Oceania title in 2015 and again in 2016 to qualify for her debut Olympic Games. 
 
Haecker lined up against Laura Salles Lopez of Andorra in her opening fight in Rio and got the victory by ippon after just over a minute. She couldn’t match the result in her second contest going down to Japan’s Miku Tashiro by ippon. 
 

Olympic Results

2016 Rio

63kg - Women
Elimination Round SALLES LOPEZ, Laura (AND) 1000 - 0001 Win
Round of 16 TASHIRO, Miku (JPN) 1110 - 0003 Loss
Final Placing 9 / 26

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