Richard Leon (judoka)

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Richard Leon
Personal information
Full name Richard Leon Vizcaya
Nationality  Venezuela
Born (1976-01-07) 7 January 1976 (age 41)
Caracas, Distrito Capital, Venezuela
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 73 kg (161 lb)
Sport Judo
Event(s) 73 kg

Richard Leon Vizcaya (born January 7, 1976 in Caracas, Distrito Capital) is a Venezuelan judoka, who played for the lightweight category.[1] He won two bronze medals for the 73 and 81 kg classes at the 2006 Pan American Judo Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and at the 2008 Pan American Judo Championships in Miami, Florida.[2]

Leon made his official debut for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, where he lost the first preliminary match of men's lightweight class (73 kg), with an ippon and an osoto otoshi (big outer drop), to Moldova's Victor Bivol. Because his opponent advanced further into the semi-finals, Leon offered another shot for the bronze medal by entering the repechage bouts. Unfortunately, he was defeated in the first round by Iran's Hamed Malekmohammadi, who successfully scored an ippon and a sukui-nage (double leg takedown), at one minute and fifty-four seconds.

At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Leon competed for the second time in men's 73 kg class. Leon lost the first preliminary match, by a koka and a golden score, to China's Si Rijigawa, although he received a penalty for false attack.[3]


  1. ^ "Richard Leon". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Judo: Stevens to Fight for Gold Tonight at Pan Am Championships". Team USA. 8 May 2008. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Men's Lightweight (73kg/161 lbs) Preliminaries". NBC Olympics. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 

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