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Rene Capo

Full name: Rene Capo
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0.5 (185 cm)
Weight: 209 lbs (95 kg)
Born: May 9, 1961 in Pinar del Río, Pinar del Río, Cuba
Died: July 6, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois, United States
Affiliations: Midway Judo/Northstar Judo
Country: USA United States
Sport: Judo


Rene Capo emigrated from Cuba as a youth and became a high school All-American football (American) player at Hialeah High School in Florida. He then played nose tackle at the University of Minnesota and shared the team record for sacks. But he had begun competing in judo in high school and was twice high school national judo champion (1977 80 kg and Grand Champion, and 1979 93 kg). In addition to his two Olympic appearances, he was twice US Champion, in 1989 at 86 kg and 1991 at 95 kg, and won the 1987 Pacific Rim Championships. He continued to compete, placing fifth in 2008 at the US Championships, but was diagnosed only a few months later with lung cancer, and succumbed to that disease within a year.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Judo Men's Middleweight United States USA 19T
1996 Summer 35 Atlanta Judo Men's Half-Heavyweight United States USA 21T

Men's Middleweight

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Men's Half-Heavyweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
id: 33,549