Alina Dumitru

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Alina Dumitru
Personal information
Full nameAlina Alexandra Dumitru
Born (1982-08-30) 30 August 1982 (age 36)
Bucharest, Romania
Height1.58 m (5 ft 2 in)
Weight48 kg (106 lb; 7.6 st)
ClubCSA Steaua Bucureşti
Coached byFlorin Bercean

Alina Dumitru (Romanian pronunciation: [aˈlina duˈmitru]; born 30 August 1982) is a Romanian judoka, one-time Olympic champion and eight-time European champion. At the 2008 Summer Olympics she defeated Japanese double gold medallist Ryoko Tani, who until then had been undefeated in major international competitions for 12 years.[1]


2008 Summer Olympics[edit]

Dumitru defeated the legendary five-time Olympian Ryoko Tani by "keikoku" in a shocking –48 kg semifinal upset at the Beijing Science and Technology University Gymnasium. She controlled the five-minute showdown, maintaining her position with strong defense, refusing to budge or give her experienced foe a chance to mount a strong attack. It worked, as Tani lost points for passivity. Then she flipped Cuba's Yanet Bermoy becoming the first Romanian judoka to win a gold medal in the Summer Olympic Games.[2]

2012 Summer Olympics[edit]

She took part in the Judo at the 2012 Summer Olympics but lost in the final against Sarah Menezes. In the semifinals, Dumitru beat world number one Tomoko Fukumi.[3]


Alina Dumitru was decorated by the president of Romania, Traian Băsescu, with Medalia "Meritul Sportiv" — (The Medal "The Sportive Merit") class III.[4]

She was given the award of Cetățean de onoare ("Honorary Citizen") of her hometown Ploiești in 2008.[5]


  1. ^ "Upsets of Olympic Proportions". Wall Street Journal. 15 August 2008. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Tani falls short in quest for gold". Japan Times. 8 August 2008. Retrieved 8 August 2008.
  3. ^ "Olympics: Hiraoka gets silver, Fukumi left out of medals". Kyodo News. 28 July 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  4. ^ "Decorarea delegaţiei olimpice de la Beijing" (in Romanian). 27 August 2008. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Alina Dumitru a devenit cetăţean de onoare al oraşului Ploieşti" (in Romanian). 30 September 2008. Retrieved 28 July 2012.

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