Meet Emmanuel Kojo Nartey!

Everyone at #TeamUEL would like to welcome our newest Judo Scholar and Rio 2016 hopeful Emmanuel Kojo Nartey!


Check out Emmanuel’s athlete profile below.

Name: Emmanuel Kojo Nartey

Achievements: Olympian and 7 times Senior World Championships participatant – 3 times quarter finalist

Weight: 73kg

Country: Ghana

Training Base: University of Bath High Performance centre.

Coach: Juergen Klinger

Course: PhD in Law


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Future Goals

Current training for 2016 Olympic Qualifications and Olympic Games

Serving with the British army and based at the University of Bath in the last 9 years training full time for the IJF world ranking and world judo tour season. Train between 2 or 3 times a day, depending on the tournament period which are related to the pick of my training during the season. Currently prepare to start my Phd in economics this coming September. I also do part of my judo training in Paris with the French judo team and visiting some Africa countries to promote judo in the poor communities in Africa.


  1. Olympian (2012 Olympic Games representative)
  2. Author of my autobiography “My Olympic Dream”
  3. 4 times Teambath and Bath University Athlete of the month
  4. 2012 Army Sportsman of the year
  5. 2012 Combine Service sports man of the year
  6. 2013 Ghana Sport Personality of the year
  7. 2009 to 2012 Army Judo Team Captain
  8. 10x Ghana National Champion
  9. 7 x World Championship Representative
  10. 3 x World Cup Bronze medallist, 2x world cup silver medallist, 2x world cup gold medallist.
  11. 2 x European Cup medallist

Serving British Army soldier, Emmanuel took up judo in 1992 and since 2004 has been training here at Team Bath.

Emmanuel made history in 2012 when he became the first judo player to represent Ghana at an Olympic Games. He came up against Dex Elmont, a Dutch double World Championship medallist, in the opening round of the under-73kg class and it was the Dutchman who progressed.

In 2005 Emmanuel became the first Ghanaian Judoka to contest the World Championships, held in Cairo. The 2013 World Championships in Rio were his sixth World Champs.

He has produced some impressive performances in the last few years, including a bronze medal at 2013 African Championships in Mozambique and another bronze at the Asian Open World Cup event in Chinese Taipei, and two times world cup gold, 2009 and 2013.

But arguably his best result came when he won bronze at the Pan-American Open in Argentina in March 2013, beating Russia’s London 2012 Olympic champion Mansur Isaev in the battle for bronze.

Career Highlights

Selected to represent Ghana at Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, 2014

Bronze – Under 73kg, Pan-American Open, Buenos Aries, Argentina, 2013

Bronze– Under 73kg, Asia Open, China Taipei, 2013

Gold Medal – Under 73kg, Africa Open Cup, Mauritius, 2013

Selected to represent Ghana at Olympic Games in London, 2012

Feature in BBC’s Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games previews:


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