Vicbart Geraldino

José Vicbart Geraldino Rosello (born January 13, 1978 in Santo Domingo) is a judoka from the Dominican Republic, who competed in the men's middleweight category.[1] He picked up a total of thirteen medals in his career, including six (one gold, one silver, and four bronze) from the Pan American Judo Championships, and represented his nation Dominican Republic in the 90-kg class in two editions of the Olympic Games (2000 and 2004).[2] Coming from a sporting pedigree, Geraldino also shared the same sport with his older brother Jose Augusto, who competed in the 100-kg division at the 1996 and 2000 Summer Olympics.[3] They also have a younger brother called Jose Antonio which competed internationally as well in the 90-kg class.

Vicbart Geraldino
Personal information
Full nameJosé Vicbart Geraldino Rosello
Nationality Dominican Republic
Born (1978-01-13) 13 January 1978 (age 42)
Santo Domingo, Dominican
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight90 kg (198 lb)
Event(s)90 kg

Geraldino made his official debut at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, where he competed in the men's 90-kg division.[4] He received a shido penalty for his passivity over Romanian judoka and 1999 world champion Adrian Croitoru, and thereby lost his opening match upon the referee's decision.[2][5]

At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Geraldino qualified for his second Dominican Republic squad in the men's middleweight class (90 kg) by granting an unused berth from the International Judo Federation and the Dominican Republic Olympic Committee (Spanish: Comité Olímpico Dominicano), following his denouncement on mistreatment and a series of irregularities against the federation's engineer and treasurer Jaime Casanovas.[2][6] Geraldino quickly dropped Andorra's Toni Besolí into the mat to score an ippon victory in his opening match, before falling in a sliding lapel strangle hold (okuri eri jime) to Great Britain's Winston Gordon in the next bout.[7][8] With Gordon moving forward to the medal podium phase, Geraldino sought redemption for an Olympic bronze through the repechage, but he could not impose himself on his first playoff with two penalties and a defeat to Australia's Daniel Kelly by an ippon and a single leg takedown (kuchiki taoshi) forty seconds before the five-minute bout expired.[9][10]

After Judo, Vicbart went to Florida International University in Miami where he earned a degree in Sports Medicine. He now owns G Health Clinic where they take care of patients with injuries mostly coming from sports.

Also, the Geraldino Judo Academy was opened in 2011.

Together with his younger brother Jose Antonio which kids call "Sensei Moreno" they teach over 75 young kids ages 5 and up hoping to someday have them follow in their footsteps and become Olimpians.


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Vicbart Geraldino". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Vargas, Kennedy (22 November 2004). "Federación de Judo suspende al atleta Vicbart Geraldino" [Judo federation suspends athlete Vicbart Geraldino] (in Spanish). Hoy Digital. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Familia de Vicbart truena contra Jaime Casanovas" [Vicbart's family stormed against Jaime Casanovas] (in Spanish). Hoy Digital. 21 February 2004. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  4. ^ "45 Dominicans to Sydney Olympics". 23 February 2000. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Sydney 2000: Judo – Men's Middleweight (90kg)" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. pp. 102–103. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  6. ^ Caceres, Jose (16 July 2004). "Suspenden a Casanova del Comité Olímpico; se decide que Vicbart Geraldino irá a Juegos Olímpicos" [Casanovas is suspended from the Dominican Olympic Committee; it has decided that Vicbart Geraldino will go to Olympic Games] (in Spanish). Hoy Digital. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  7. ^ "Gordon blows medal chance". BBC Sport. 18 August 2004. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  8. ^ "Judo: Howey loses out". The Daily Telegraph. 18 August 2004. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  9. ^ "Judo: Men's Middleweight (90kg/198 lbs) Repechage Round 1". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 15 August 2004. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  10. ^ Vargas, Kennedy (18 August 2004). "Eliminan a Vicbart" [Vicbart is eliminated] (in Spanish). Hoy Digital. Retrieved 15 December 2014.

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