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Ruy de Freitas

Full name: Ruy de Freitas
Nickname(s): Tio Ruy
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8.5 (175 cm)
Born: August 24, 1916 in Macaé, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: August 2, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Affiliations: Associação Crista de Mocos
Country: BRA Brazil
Sport: Basketball

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Ruy de Freitas began his basketball career as a member of the Brazilian YMCA’s amateur team in the 1930s. He soon joined the national squad and made his first major international appearance at the 1939 South American Championships, which was won by his home nation. He placed third, fifth, and third respectively at the next three editions of the tournament and then appeared at the 1945 Championship (Brazil did not participate in 1943 and the event was not held in 1944), which was again won by Brazil. The nation was the runner-up in 1947, the next time it was held, and, as there was no World Championship in basketball, Brazil was entered into the 1948 Summer Olympic tournament on the strength of their placement at the last two South American Championships. They did not disappoint, emerging undefeated in five games in their round robin pool. In the quarter-finals they defeated Czechoslovakia, but were bested by eventual silver-medalists France in the semi-finals. This sent them to a bronze medal match against Mexico, which they won 52-47 to earn the final podium spot of the competition.

When the FIBA World Championships began in 1950, de Freitas and Brazil were there, but did not manage to leave with a medal, finishing fourth. His final international appearance was the 1952 Summer Olympics, where Brazil survived to the second round of competition by winning against Canada and the Philippines, but lost to Argentina. In the second round, Brazil was defeated by the United States and the Soviet Union, the eventual gold and silver medal-winners respectively, and was eliminated from the finals, finishing sixth. Retiring soon after, de Freitas returned to the men’s national team in 1955 and coached eight games, including the squad’s third-place finish at the 1955 South American Championships. During the course of his career, he played for América and Associação Atlética Grajaú before ending with Riachuelo. He then worked for Caixa Econômica Federal, a Brazilian bank, until his retirement.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 31 London Basketball Men's Basketball Brazil BRA 3 Bronze
1952 Summer 35 Helsinki Basketball Men's Basketball Brazil BRA 6

Men's Basketball

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result PTS
1948 Summer 31 London Basketball Brazil BRA Final Round Match 3/4 1 1948-08-13 BRA 52, MEX 47
1948 Summer 31 London Basketball Brazil BRA Semi-Finals Match #2 2 1948-08-12 FRA 43, BRA 33 6
1948 Summer 31 London Basketball Brazil BRA Quarter-Finals Match #4 1 1948-08-09 BRA 28, TCH 23
1948 Summer 31 London Basketball Brazil BRA Group A Match #2 1 1948-07-31 BRA 45, HUN 41
1948 Summer 31 London Basketball Brazil BRA Group A Match #4 1 1948-08-01 BRA 36, URU 32
1948 Summer 31 London Basketball Brazil BRA Group A Match #7 1 1948-08-02 BRA 76, GBR 11
1948 Summer 31 London Basketball Brazil BRA Group A Match #12 1 1948-08-04 BRA 57, CAN 35
1948 Summer 31 London Basketball Brazil BRA Group A Match #14 1 1948-08-05 BRA 47, ITA 31 2
1952 Summer 35 Helsinki Basketball Brazil BRA Final Round Match 5/6 2 1952-08-02 CHI 58, BRA 49 2
1952 Summer 35 Helsinki Basketball Brazil BRA Group B Match #4 2 1952-07-29 URS 54, BRA 49 0
1952 Summer 35 Helsinki Basketball Brazil BRA Group C Match #3 1 1952-07-25 BRA 71, PHI 52 0
1952 Summer 35 Helsinki Basketball Brazil BRA Group C Match #6 2 1952-07-27 ARG 72, BRA 56 2
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