Home » Judo news
The latest Judo News offered by JudoInside.com
Florentino wins historic men’s world medal for Dominican Republic
20 Oct 2017 18:15
Robert Florentino became the first male World Judo Championships medallist for the Dominican Republic. The 20-year-old is based in Valencia, Spain, in order to compete regularly throughout Europe and to develop his judo as he prepares to join the senior circuit next year.
Florentino defeated Georgian, Croatian, Uzbek and French opponents and scored four waza-ari and ippon during that riveting run which added his country to the list of medal winners.
The youngster lost out to Tajima Goki (JPN) in the final but was still ecstatic to see his flag raised to the rafters and to achieve a first for his country after a superb display. “I started judo when I was seven years old after trying out boxing and baseball,” said Florentino.
Junior Pan American Championships winner Florentino lost out to Hungary's Toth Krisztian at the senior Worlds in August. “I enjoyed the physicality of judo when I started in my local club and it quickly became my passion. When I was 15 I started to travel with judo to compete abroad and from the first moment I loved representing the Dominican Republic.
“At the age of 17 I felt that judo would become my full-time career, this was when I really felt that I could capture medals at top events for my country.”
Florentino is one of a host of Spanish-speaking judoka from the Americas who have flourished by honing their craft at Valencia Judo Club, home to long-time Spanish internationals Sugoi Uriarte and Laura Gomez (ESP) who were both present in Zagreb.
“I have to thank my teammates here, everyone at home and everyone in Valencia who have helped me to this medal today. I am happy to be part of the club in Valencia and I feel at home there. I now look forward to competing at senior events next year and I really want to be at the 2018 World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan.
“My dream is to win the Olympic Games. I am committed to this and will do everything I can to be there in Japan at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.”
Related judoka and events
Related Judo Photos
Related Judo Videos
Related Judo News
This week for the second story of mums in judo, Judoinside met the Spanish fighter from Valencia, Laura Gomez. The Rio 2016 Olympian in the 52kg weight division is already back on the track , after she gave birth to a little Unai, in August. Read more
Spanish Valencia Judo Club claimed the gold medal in the European Club Championships for women. The strong team was in the final against a super talented Serbian team of Slavia Novisad. The Serbians offered the crowd a thriller of a final against the experienced Spanish team from Valencia. Read more
Turkey celebrated a golden party, guaranteed gold is a luxury that the host nation does not have at many occasions. The final U60kg was an all Turkish final. Only in four previous events Turkey enjoyed two fighters in an international final. Two of those U60kg between the current finallists Bekir Ozlu and Ahmet Sahin Kaba who took the lead halfway the match after he proved to be stronger in the transition to ne-waza and scored a waz-ari. Read more
Spain was the most successful country at the first day of the Pan American Open in Buenos Aires. The strong team of just 6 Spanish in action won four medals. Sugoi Uriarte seemed to secure his participation at the Olympic Games in Rio with gold U66kg. Jaione Equisoain also won gold for her nation defeating Yadinys Amaris of Colombia in the category U57kg. She took over the victory of last year by Conchi Bellorin. Read more
The German team started well at day one of the Grand Prix of Budapest with a gold medal for Mareen Kraeh. It meant the first of twelve medals for the Germans in Hungary. Former world bronze medallist Mareen Kraeh showed why she entered the competition as the top seed with a high-quality display in Budapest. Maria Ertl was her opponent in the U52kg final. Erlt was European Open bronze medallist in Minsk and started the contest by receiving a shido for an overly defensive posture. The first score of the contest came with just 14 seconds remaining when Kraeh earned a yuko with a low uchi-mata and Ertl failed to give an answer. Read more
Michelle Diemeer (NED)