Carli Renzi

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Carli Renzi
Personal information
Nationality Australia
Born (1982-10-24) 24 October 1982 (age 34)
East Melbourne, Victoria
Height 167 cm (66 in) (2012)
Weight 57 kg (126 lb) (2012)
Country Australia
Sport Judo
Club Dominance Mixed Martial Arts

Carli Renzi (born 24 October 1982) is an Australian judo competitor and wrestler. She represented Australia in wrestling at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and the 2012 Summer Olympics in judo in the 52 – 57 kg — Women event.

Personal life[edit]

Nicknamed Carli, Renzi was born on 24 October 1982 in East Melbourne, Victoria. She attended St Mary's Primary School, Greensborough before going to Eltham College of Education. She then attended Deakin University from 2001 to 2005 where she earned a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours in Finance. As of 2012, she lives in Melbourne, Victoria. While Renzi is primarily a judo and wrestling competitor, other sport disciplines she is involved with include Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a sport she took up to help her gain Olympic selection. Renzi is 167 centimetres (66 in) tall and weighs 57 kilograms (126 lb).[1]


Renzi started wrestling in 2007. She represented Australia at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in free-style wrestling, finishing sixth in the U/59 kg division.[1][2][3] Frequently, when men found out Renzi was a wrestler, they asked her if she did mud or jelly wrestling. Going into the 2010 Commonwealth Games, she trained with Emily Bensted. People at Renzi's place of employment did not believe she was going to the Commonwealth Games to compete in the sport.[3][4]


Renzi started in the sport when she was seven years old and initially fought against boys in the mixed U/20 kg division. She is a member of Dominance Mixed Martial Arts and has a judo scholarship with the Australian Institute of Sport. She was coached by Daniel Kelly and Maria Pekli since 2003. Her primary training base is in Melbourne, with a secondary training base in Canberra.[1]

At the Australian Championships in the 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2012 Renzi took home gold. She finished 9th in the U/57 kg category at the 2011 Tokyo Grand Slam in Tokyo, Japan. She finished 2nd in the U/57 kg category at the 2011 Apia World Cup in Apia, Western Samoa. She finished 3rd in the U/57 kg category at the 2011 US Open in Miami. She finished 1st in the U/57 kg category at the 2012 Oceania Championships in Cairns, Australia. She finished 9th in the U/57 kg category at the 2012 Budapest World Cup event in Budapest, Hungary.[citation needed] She was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics in judo in the 52 – 57 kg — Women event.[5] The Games were her first.[1][6][7] She reached the third round, losing to eventual bronze medalist, Automne Pavia.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d "London 2012 - Carli Renzi". Australian Olympic Committee. 1982-10-24. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  2. ^ Jim Morton (2010-10-08). "Wrestler Farzad paving way for brother". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  3. ^ a b "Mud or jelly? Not likely". Nine MSN. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  4. ^ "Quotes of the Delhi Games Delhi 2010". Yahoo!7 Sport. 15 October 2010. Archived from the original on 20 October 2010. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  5. ^ "Judo takes Jake to Olympics - Local News - Sport - Martial Arts". Port Lincoln Times. 2012-06-18. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  6. ^ H1 (2012-06-22). "Dos Santos has experience in his corner". Yahoo! New Zealand Sport. Retrieved 2012-07-08. [permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Dos Santos has experience in his corner". Nine MSN. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  8. ^ "52 - 57kg (lightweight) women results - Judo - London 2012 Olympics". Retrieved 2015-04-26.