Sport for Women

Maria Pekli

Type: Player/Athlete
Sports: Motor Sports
Location: Australia

Maria Pekli is an Australian judoka of Hungarian descent. She was Australian Champion in the u/57 kg division for seven consecutive years, between 1997-2003.

She won a bronze medal in the lightweight (57 kg) division at the 2000 Summer Olympics, the first Australian woman to win an official Olympic Judo medal (although Sue Williams won a medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics when Women's Judo was a demonstration sport).

Along with Cuba's Driulys GonzÌÁlez and Japan's Ryoko Tamura-Tani, Pekli became in 2008 the first female judoka to compete at five Olympics.

In 2011, Pekli was awarded Life Membership of Judo Australia for her contribution to the sport at the Australian National Judo Championships.

Via Wikipedia.