Felipe Kitadai

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Felipe Kitadai
Felipe Kitadai 2015.jpg
Personal information
NationalityBrazil Brazilian
Born (1989-07-28) July 28, 1989 (age 30)
São Paulo, Brazil[1]
Height5 ft 5 in (165 cm)[2]
Weight132 lb (60 kg)[2]
Sport
SportJudo
ClubBarueri in São Paulo
Sogipa
Coached byAntônio Carlos Pereira[3]
Updated on April 30, 2016.

Felipe Kitadai (born July 28, 1989) is a judoka from Brazil.[4] He won a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics and a gold at the 2011 Pan American Games. He also won gold medals six consecutive times in the Pan American Games Judo Championships: at 2011 Guadalaraja, 2012 Montreal, 2013 San José, 2014 Guayaquil, 2015 Edmonton and 2016 Havana.

Judo career[edit]

Kitadai was born in São Paulo, Brazil, and is a member of the athletic club Barueri in São Paulo and the club Sogipa.[1][5][6] He is coached on the Brazil national team by Luis Shinohara and Mario Tsutsui.[7]

In 2009, Kitadai, who is Jewish,[8][9] won a bronze medal in the 2009 Maccabiah Games in Tel Aviv, Israel, at U60, beating American Lindsey Durlacher along the way.[10][11][12] In 2010, he came in second in the Pan American Judo Championships in San Salvador, and won the World Cup Rome, both at U60.[10]

In 2011, Kitadai won the Pan American Judo Championships in Guadalajara, the 5th International Military Sports Council (CISM) World Military Games Teams in Rio de Janeiro, and the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, all at U60.[10] In 2012, he won the Pan American Judo Championships in Montreal at U60.[10]

On July 28, 2012, his 23rd birthday, Kitadai won a bronze medal in the under 60 kg category at the London 2012 Olympic Games.[13] He won by beating Davaadorjiin Tömörkhüleg and Eisa Majrashi before losing to Rishod Sobirov. Because Sobirov reached the semifinals, Kitadai was entered into the repechage. In the repechage, he beat Choi Gwang-Hyeon and then Elio Verde to win the bronze medal.[14] He carried the medal everywhere.[15] On July 30, he damaged the ribbon and dented the medal when he dropped it in the shower.[15][16][17] The IOC issued him a new medal at the request of the Brazilian Olympic Committee. The medal reportedly contains only $4.71 worth of metal.[15][18]

In 2013, Kitadai won the Pan American Judo Championships in San Jose, and the World Military Championships in Astana, both at U60.[10]

He participated at the 2016 Olympics, beating Walide Khyar and Tobias Englmaier before losing to Orkhan Safarov.[14] Because Safarov reached the semifinals, Kitadai was entered into the repechage where he lost to Diyorbek Urozboev in his first match.[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Brasil estreia no Mundial de Judô e tenta apagar fiasco" (in Portuguese). Terra Brasil. September 8, 2010. Retrieved November 26, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Felipe Kitadai Bio, Stats, and Results". Sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on December 2, 2013. Retrieved November 26, 2013.
  3. ^ Felipe Kitadai. cob.org.br
  4. ^ "London 2012 Olympics – Felipe Kitadai: Brazil, Judo". BBC Sport. August 13, 2012. Retrieved November 26, 2013.
  5. ^ "Felipe Kitadai – Judo – Olympic Athlete | London 2012". Fbofa. July 22, 2012. Retrieved November 26, 2013.
  6. ^ "Felipe Kitadai: Sogipa nos Jogos Olímpicos de Londres 2012". Sogipa. Retrieved November 26, 2013.
  7. ^ "Felipe Kitadai – Judo – Olympic Athlete | London 2012". london2012.com. July 22, 2012. Retrieved November 26, 2013.
  8. ^ Amit Lewinthal (August 8, 2012). "Jewish athletes made of gold". Israel Hayom. Retrieved November 26, 2013.
  9. ^ George Eisen. "Jewish Olympic Medalists". Jewishsports.net. Retrieved November 26, 2013.
  10. ^ a b c d e "Felipe Kitadai (Brazil) – Judo stats and info". Judoinside.com. July 28, 1989. Retrieved November 26, 2013.
  11. ^ "Judo Results 18th Games". Maccabiusa.com. July 19, 2009. Archived from the original on December 2, 2013. Retrieved November 26, 2013.
  12. ^ "Aaron Cohen and Barry Friedberg Win Bronze at the Maccabiah Games". Teamusa.usoc.org. July 20, 2009. Archived from the original on December 2, 2013. Retrieved November 26, 2013.
  13. ^ "Olympic judo: Arsen Galstyan beats Hiroaki Hiraoka to claim gold". BBC. July 28, 2012. Archived from the original on July 31, 2012. Retrieved July 28, 2012.
  14. ^ a b c "Felipe Kitadai Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  15. ^ a b c "Brazilian will get new a medal after dropping his in the shower – Olympics". sfgate.com. July 30, 2012. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
  16. ^ "2012 London Olympics – Felipe Kitadai breaks Olympic bronze medal in shower". ESPN. July 30, 2012. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
  17. ^ Jordan Rabinowitz (August 1, 2012). "Brazilian Judoka Felipe Kitadai Drops Medal In Shower". SportsGrid. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
  18. ^ "Brazil Olympian breaks bronze medal in the shower". cbc.ca. Retrieved August 4, 2012.

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