Amarilis Savón

Amarilis Savón Carmenate (born May 13, 1974) is a Cuban judoka who has competed at four Olympic Games won three Olympic bronze medals at 1992 in Barcelona, 1996 in Atlanta and 2004 in Athens.[2]

Amarilis Savón
Personal information
Full nameAmarilis Savón Carmenate
Nationality Cuba
Born (1974-05-13) 13 May 1974
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba[1]
Height1.59 m (5 ft 2 12 in)
Weight52 kg (115 lb)
Event(s)52 kg
Amarilis Savón
Medal record
Representing  Cuba
Women's Judo
Olympic Games
1992 Barcelona -48 kg
1996 Atlanta -48 kg
2004 Athens -52 kg
World Championships
2003 Osaka -52 kg
1997 Paris -48 kg
1999 Birmingham -48 kg
1995 Chiba -48 kg
Pan American Games
1995 Mar del Plata -48 kg
1999 Winnipeg -48 kg
2003 Santo Domingo -52 kg

Currently living in Miami, Florida, in the United States serving as a lead instructor and coach at Somerset Academy Charter. She coached three athletes at the 2013 USA Judo Senior Nationals who earned one gold and one silver medal.

Olympic Games Career[3]

Amarilis first competed at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona for Cuba at the 1992 Summer Olympics. She competed in the women's extra lightweight category and finished third and won the bronze medal.

Four years later, Amarilis competed at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Her first bout was in the round of 16 against Algeria's Salima Souakri, the fifth-place finisher from the previous games. Amarilis won this bout to progress to her quarterfinals bout against Hillary Wolf of the United States and won once again. Amarilis lost her semifinals bout against eventual silver medal winner Ryoko Tamura but Amarilis went through to the repechage rounds for the bronze medals. Amarilis qualified straight for the bronze medal bout and was eventually paired against Sarah Nichilo from France. Amarilis won this bout and won another bronze medal.

At 2000 in Sydney, Amarilis didn't medal, she won her first bout against Laura Manuela Moise from Romania but lost her next bout in the quarterfinals to the silver medal winner from Russia, Lyubov Bruletova. This did mean however that she would go through to the repechage rounds for bronze medals. This time however, she didn't qualify straight for a bronze medal final. She won her first repechage bout against Victoria Dunn of Great Britain but lost her next bout to Belgium's bronze medal winner Ann Simons and didn't go through to the bronze medal bout.

2004 was Amarilis' last Olympics that she competed at and she won her last Olympic medal of her Olympic career. Her first bout was against Sweden's Sanna Askelöf and she won by a dominant 1000-0000. She won her second bout in the round of 16 was against Lee Eun-hee from South Korea and won dominantly once again 1010-0000. Her quarterfinals bout was against the other bronze medal winner Ilse Heylen from Belgium and won 0101-0000. Amarilis lost her semifinals bout to silver medalists Yuki Yokosawa of Japan by a score of 0010-1000. Amarilis' bronze medal bout was against Algeria's Salima Souakri and Amarilis won the bout 0100-0000 and the bronze medal.


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