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Alina Dumitru
Personal information
Nickname(s) Pitzi
Born (1982-08-30) 30 August 1982 (age 41)
Bucharest, Romania
Died Not recognized as a date. Years must have 4 digits (use leading zeros for years < 1000). (aged Error: Need valid year, month, day)
Occupation Judoka
Height 1.58 m
Country Romania
Sport Judo
Weight class –48 kg
Club CSA Steaua București
Coached by Florin Bercean
Achievements and titles
World finals Bronze (2005, 2007, 2010)
Regional finals Gold (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007,
        2008, 2010, 2011, 2012)
Olympic finals Gold (2008)
Medal record
Women's judo
Representing  Romania
Olympic Games
Gold 2008 Beijing ‍–‍48 kg
Silver 2012 London ‍–‍48 kg
World Championships
Bronze 2005 Cairo ‍–‍48 kg
Bronze 2007 Rio de Janeiro ‍–‍48 kg
Bronze 2010 Tokyo ‍–‍48 kg
European Championships
Gold 2004 Bucharest ‍–‍48 kg
Gold 2005 Rotterdam ‍–‍48 kg
Gold 2006 Tampere ‍–‍48 kg
Gold 2007 Belgrade ‍–‍48 kg
Gold 2008 Lisbon ‍–‍48 kg
Gold 2010 Vienna ‍–‍48 kg
Gold 2011 Istanbul ‍–‍48 kg
Gold 2012 Chelyabinsk ‍–‍48 kg
Bronze 2002 Maribor ‍–‍52 kg
Bronze 2009 Tbilisi ‍–‍48 kg
IJF Grand Slam
Silver 2012 Moscow ‍–‍48 kg
Bronze 2012 Paris ‍–‍48 kg
IJF Grand Prix
Gold 2010 Tunis ‍–‍48 kg
Gold 2010 Abu Dhabi ‍–‍48 kg
Silver 2009 Hamburg ‍–‍48 kg
Silver 2010 Rotterdam ‍–‍48 kg
Bronze 2010 Düsseldorf ‍–‍48 kg
Bronze 2011 Düsseldorf ‍–‍48 kg
Bronze 2011 Amsterdam ‍–‍48 kg
World Juniors Championships
Gold 2000 Nabeul ‍–‍48 kg
European Junior Championships
Silver 2001 Budapest ‍–‍48 kg
Updated on 25 May 2023.

Alina Dumitru (Romanian pronunciation: [aˈlina duˈmitru]; born 30 August 1982) is a Romanian judoka, one-time Olympic champion and eight-time European champion. At the 2008 Summer Olympics she defeated Japanese double gold medallist Ryoko Tani, who until then had been undefeated in major international competitions for 12 years.


2008 Summer Olympics

Dumitru defeated the legendary five-time Olympian Ryoko Tani by "keikoku" in a shocking –48 kg semifinal upset at the Beijing Science and Technology University Gymnasium. She controlled the five-minute showdown, maintaining her position with strong defense, refusing to budge or give her experienced foe a chance to mount a strong attack. It worked, as Tani lost points for passivity. Then she flipped Cuba's Yanet Bermoy becoming the first Romanian judoka to win a gold medal in the Summer Olympic Games.

2012 Summer Olympics

She took part in the Judo at the 2012 Summer Olympics but lost in the final against Sarah Menezes. In the semifinals, Dumitru beat world number one Tomoko Fukumi.


Alina Dumitru was decorated by the president of Romania, Traian Băsescu, with Medalia "Meritul Sportiv" — (The Medal "The Sportive Merit") class III.

She was given the award of Cetățean de onoare ("Honorary Citizen") of her hometown Ploiești in 2008.

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