Amazonas excel in regional table tennis and judo competitions

Athletes gained prominence in the last weekend in Brasilia (DF) and Bethlehem (PA).
25/04/2017 10h19 - Updated 25/04/2017 17h04
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Amazonian seven athletes won, Last weekend, outstanding results in regional table tennis and judo competitions, disputed in Brasilia (DF) and Bethlehem (PA), respectively. Israel Barreto, Maria Taba, Adriano Rodrigues, Rafaela Barbosa, Rafael Barbosa, Raifan Barbosa and Carolline Hernandez receive support from Manaus Prefecture, through the Stock Exchange Municipal Athlete.

Competing in the federal capital in the Copa Brazil Central North-Northeast I, Israel Barreto, 40, It was regional champion by the Absolute Rating B and A, the category that brought together the top athletes of the competition.

"I used a bit of experience. For me, play against these younger boys and still act on their level is an honor. I want to thank the entire team of the Brazilian confederation and also the support I got from Manaus Prefecture through the Bolsa Athlete ", declared the Amazon.

Israel combines the athletic activities, technician and president of the Amazon Table Tennis Federation (ftam). They are training, competitions and official routine. "Do not do everything yourself because you can not, then delegate the tasks and need to be improved, but without willpower and love it would be difficult to reconcile all these activities. My goal is to encourage the young to devote themselves, have discipline and perseverance to reach where top athletes of our sport have arrived ", said.

Besides the results of Brasilia, Amazonian five medals won by the Brazilian Judo Championship Regional I, held in Marituba (PA). One of the highlights of the competition, Maria Taba, 17, was champion in U21, by category Half Light (up until 52 kg) to win by ippon the representative of Roraima, Ana Ferreira.

"I had three matches at under-21 and managed to fit an ippon in the final against athlete of Roraima. I want to thank the support of Manaus Prefecture with the bag athlete helps a lot in my preparation ". Currently second in the national ranking, the Amazon secured important points overall to be crowned champion.

Maria was also bronze for the senior category and stated that he made his most important fight to face the Olympic champion Sarah Menezes. "It was a great learning, We made a well-fought fight, I lost to her wazari in golden score (tempo extra). That was one of the best fights I've ever competed ", excitedly told.


Also the Brazilian Judo, Adriano Rodrigues, 31, fighting since seven years and was regional champion for the category Half Light (up until 66 kg), after winning the final Piaui Athlete, Lucas Ramos.

"Anyone who knows my story and my life know what Judo is for me both as an athlete as a human being. I want to thank everyone who support me and know that the good energy of you were with me on the mat in every fight ", said the judoka.


Traditional in Manaus in the judo, Barbosa family has made pretty in Regional Brazilian Championship I mode. The brothers Rafaela, 24, Rafael, 23, The Raifan Barbosa, 26, plus Carolline Hernandez, 20, esposa de Raifan, achieved outstanding results.

The youngest of the brothers, Rafael won first place for the category Light (up until 60 kg to win the final Júlio Vilhena, Amapá. "I managed to make good fights and I am satisfied with the result. Now I will focus on the Brazil Trophy and the Brazilian Championship, worth point for the national ranking ", highlighted.

"I'm happy with my result, even in seventh place won points for the national ranking. The seven best in each category will compete selective for the Brazilian Judo team. We are working to be among the seven ", Barbosa de clarou Raifan.

Carolline Hernandez was also champion the category Light (up until 48 kg) after winning the final Emilia Lopes, Ceará state. "It was a good fight, I sunk an ippon and won the final. I won a good score for ranking and is now focusing on the next competitions ", he said.
Rafaela Barbosa came in second by category Half Light (up until 52 kg), after losing in the final to Olympic champion Sarah Menezes.

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