Thomas Schleicher

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Thomas Schleicher
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Born 21 November 1972
Died 2 November 2001(2001-11-02) (aged 28)

Thomas Schleicher (21 November 1972 – 2 November 2001) was an Austrian judoka. He competed in the men's lightweight event at the 1996 Summer Olympics. [1] He was later sentenced to five years in prison for drug trafficking, where he committed suicide. [2]

Austria Federal republic in Central Europe

Austria, officially the Republic of Austria, is a country of nearly 9 million people in Central Europe. It is bordered by the Czech Republic and Germany to the north, Hungary and Slovakia to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south, and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west. The territory of Austria covers 83,879 km2 (32,386 sq mi). The terrain is highly mountainous, lying within the Alps; only 32% of the country is below 500 m (1,640 ft), and its highest point is 3,798 m (12,461 ft). The majority of the population speaks local Bavarian dialects as their native language, and German in its standard form is the country's official language. Other local official languages are Hungarian, Burgenland Croatian, and Slovene.

Judo modern martial art, combat and Olympic sport

Judo was originally created in 1882 by Jigoro Kano (嘉納治五郎) as a physical, mental and moral pedagogy in Japan. It is generally categorized as a modern martial art, which later evolved into a combat and Olympic sport. Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the objective is to either throw or takedown an opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue an opponent with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke. Strikes and thrusts by hands and feet as well as weapons defenses are a part of judo, but only in pre-arranged forms and are not allowed in judo competition or free practice. A judo practitioner is called a judoka.

These are the results of the men's 71 kg competition in judo at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. A total of 35 men competed in this event, limited to jūdōka whose body weight was less than, or equal to, 71 kilograms. Competition took place in the Georgia World Congress Center.



Year Tournament Place Weight class
1996 European Judo Championships 2nd Lightweight (71 kg)
1995 World Judo Championships 7th Lightweight (71 kg)
European Judo Championships 3rd Lightweight (71 kg)
1994 European Judo Championships 7th Lightweight (71 kg)
Goodwill Games 2nd Lightweight (71 kg)

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