Rogério Sampaio

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Rogério Sampaio
Medal record
Representing  Brazil
Men's judo
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1992 Barcelona 65 kg
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1993 Hamilton 71 kg

Rogério Sampaio Cardoso (born Santos, September 12, 1967) is a Brazilian judoka and Olympic champion. He won a gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.[1] He dedicated his medal to his brother Ricardo, who fought in the 1988 Summer Olympics and committed suicide in 1991 after a love disappointment.[2]

Sampaio started at judo when he was four, since his mom thought he was restless and needed more discipline. After the Olympics, he won a bronze medal at the 1993 World Judo Championships. But then injuries hurt his career, making him miss both the 1995 Pan American Games and the 1996 Summer Olympics, in which he went only to coach Danielle Zangrando and as a TV commentator. He retired from international competition in 1998.[3]

After retirement, Sampaio runs a dojo in Santos, from which Olympic medalist Leandro Guilheiro originated, and acts as TV commentator. He also coached the Brazilian women's judo team at the 2001 Universiade (fellow Olympic champion Aurélio Miguel coached the masculine).[4]

Rogerio Sampaio is the actual General Secretary of the National Antidoping Agency of Brazil.

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