Maria Pekli

Maria Pekli won a bronze medal in the women's judo 57 kilograms category at Sydney 2000. It was Australia's first judo medal since Theodore (Ted) Boronovskis's bronze at Tokyo 1964. Until her retirement after Beijing 2008, Pekli had competed in Olympic women's judo since its introduction at Barcelona 1992. She represented Hungary in 1992 and Atlanta 1996 and Australia in Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.  At Beijing, she made the semi-finals and just couldn’t capture a medal from her younger opponents, placing fifth and then subsequently retiring. In Beijing, Pekli was one of two female judokas to have competed at every Olympic women’s judo tournament. Pekli’s partner is triple Olympian Daniel Kelly.

Olympic Results

2008 Beijing

57kg - Women
Preliminaries/Repechages BACZKO, Bernadett (HUN) 0101-0100 Win
Final of Repechage A JELASSI, Nesria (TUN) 1000-0000 Win
Final of Repechage B QUINTAVALLE, Giulia (ITA) 0010/0002 Loss
Bronze Medal Contest A QUADROS, Ketleyn (BRA) 1000-0000 Loss
Final Placing 5 / 22

2004 Athens

57kg - Women
Preliminaries/Repechages GOELDI, Lena (SUI) 1131-0000 Loss
Final Placing /

2000 Sydney

57kg - Women
Round 1 HUSEYNOVA, Zulfiyya (AZE) 0100-0000K Win
Round 2 NGUELE, Francoise (CMR) 0010-0000 Win
Quarter Final ANDERSSON, Pernilla (SWE) 0101-0100K Win
Semifinal FERNANDEZ, Isabel (ESP) 0000-0000 Loss
Repechage Bronze Final 2 CAVAZZUTI, Cinzia (ITA) 0001-0001 Win
Final Placing 3 / 23

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