Vitaly Makarov

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Vitaliy Makarov
Personal information
BornJune 23, 1974 (1974-06-23) (age 45)
Teguldet, Tomsk Oblast, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union

Vitaly Valeryevich Makarov (Russian: Виталий Валерьевич Макаров; born June 23, 1974 in Teguldet, Tomsk Oblast, Russia) is a former Russian judoka who competed in the men's lightweight category, being an Olympic silver medalist (2004), World Champion (2001), and World Junior Champion (1994).


Makarov is considered to be one of the best Russian judokas. He started judo when is father offered to take him to practice, who believed he had talent at the sport. At the 1994 Junior World Judo Championships in Egypt, Makarov won his first international competition. In 1999 he missed his chance to become World Champion after losing to Jimmy Pedro of the United States in the final. In the 2000 Summer Olympics he was defeated in the first match by Askhat Shakharov of Kazakhstan. But in 2001 Makarov famously defeated Yusuke Kanamaru of Japan to become World Champion. He won a silver medal in the lightweight (73 kg) division at the 2004 Summer Olympics after being defeated by Lee Won-hee of South Korea in the final due to competing with an injury. Since 2006 he has been coaching the Russian judo team, and trained other Russian judoka who competed at the 2008, 2012, 2016 Summer Olympics. He is also a coach on the Russian team for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.[1][2]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Carmen Calvo, 3rd degree black belt, an official of the Spanish Judo Federation.[1]


Year Tournament Place Weight class
2004 Olympic Games 2nd Lightweight (73 kg)
2003 World Judo Championships 3rd Lightweight (73 kg)
2001 World Judo Championships 1st Lightweight (73 kg)
2000 European Judo Championships 2nd Lightweight (73 kg)
1999 World Judo Championships 2nd Lightweight (73 kg)
European Judo Championships 3rd Lightweight (73 kg)
1998 European Judo Championships 5th Lightweight (73 kg)
1994 Junior World Judo Championships 1st Lightweight (71 kg)


  1. ^ a b Ronaldo Veitía Quiñones (18 January 2019). Interview with Vitaly Makarov (in Spanish).
  2. ^ JudoInside

External links[edit]

  • Vitaly Makarov at
  • Vitaliy Makarov at at the Wayback Machine (archived 2007-08-26)
  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Vitaly Makarov". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC.