sábado, março 29, 2008

Brazil Presents Judo Team for Beijing Olympics

Brazil Presents Judo Team for Beijing Olympics
2008-03-15 09:05:43 Xinhua
The Brazilian Judo Confederation (CBJ) presented on Friday the squad that will represent the country in the Beijing Olympics.
Out of the 14 judokas (seven males and seven females) qualified for the Games, nine will have their Olympic debut in the event in August.
Two of the newcomers became world champions in their weight divisions in Rio's World Judo Championships last year, namely Luciano Correa, in the half-heavyweight division; and Joao Derly, two-time champion in the half-lightweight division.
Heavyweight Joao Gabriel Schlitter, another rookie in the Olympic team, got the bronze medal in the same competition.
Tiago Camilo, who also won a gold medal in the half-middleweight division in the 2007 World Championships, will participate in the Olympics for the second time. He won a silver medal in Sydney 2000.
Bantamweight judoka Denilson Lourenco will have his second try in Beijing after taking part in Sydney 2000. Lightweight Leandro Guilheiro, winner of a bronze in Athens 2004, and middleweight Eduardo Santos complete the roster of the Brazilian men's team.
On the women's side, heavyweight Priscila Marques is one of the few judokas who has had Olympic experience as she competed in Sydney. But half-heavyweight Edinanci Silva, 31, is far more experienced, following three editions of the Games.
The female team will have bantam Sarah Menezes, half-lightweight Erka Miranda, lightweight Ketleyn Quadros, half-middleweight Danielli Yuri and 17-year-old middleweight Mayra Aguiar, the youngest of all, who has just won a gold medal in Varsaw's round of the World Cup.

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