Eduard Trippel (GER)

Latest Update (2 June, 2022): Our sources say that Trippel will not be competing in Tblisi.

The Tokyo Olympics was a dream competition for Eduard Trippel, who was hardly a favorite for making it to the final. He wasn’t a European Champion (or even a medalist); he wasn’t a World Champion (or even a medalist). He didn’t even have an IJF World Tour title to his name (though he had gotten silver twice). Nobody expected him to make it to the final.

Although he did not win the gold, his Olympic silver was a great achievement for this 25-year-old German fighter, who had a really tough climb to the final. To get there, he had to defeat former World Champion Nemanja Majdov (SRB), former World Champion Gwak Donghan (KOR), and World Silver Medalists Krisztian Toth (HUN) and Mihael Zgank (TUR). Getting past these top players was a feat in itself.

Since the Olympics, Trippel has not taken part in any IJF competitions though he looks set to do so in the upcoming Tblisi Grand Slam. Among the top players he will contend with are Toth (HUN), Beka Gviniashvili (GEO) and Shoichiro Mukai (JPN).

Over the years, he has fought Toth six times and their head-to-heads is 3:3. So, they are pretty evenly matched. The last time they fought was at the Tokyo Olympics, where Trippel won. So if they were to meet again in Tblisi, it would be a bit of a grudge match.

He’s fought Gviniashvili five times and lost four of those times. Their last encounter was at the 2021 IJF World Masters, where he lost to the Georgian.

Trippel has fought Mukai only once, at that was quite recent – in the Mixed Team event at the Olympics. There, he lost to Mukai.

So, it will not be an easy first competition since the Olympic Games for Trippel. But if you check out his Instagram page, you will notice that he has been training hard. He’s sure to give it as good as he’s got.