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Victor Rodrigues Penalber de Oliveira (born 22 May 1990) is a Brazilian judoka.

Victor Penalber
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Penalber in 2016
Personal information
Full nameVictor Rodrigues Penalber de Oliveira
Born (1990-05-22) 22 May 1990 (age 29)
Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
Height175 cm (5 ft 9 in)[1]
ClubInstituto Reação
Coached byGeraldo Bernardes


Penalber started to practice judo at the age of four. He studied and trained at Universidade Gama Filho[2] and today trains at the Instituto Reação, created by the ex-judoka Flávio Canto. He is left handed and his preferred technique is seoi-nage.[3]

His first success was the gold medal at the 2008 Pan American Judo Championships at the 73 kg class; he won again in 2013 in the 81 kg class. At the 2008 World Judo Teams Championship in Tokyo he tested positively for furosemide and was suspended for two years.[4]

Penalber competed at the 2013 World Judo Championships held in his home town, and lost his third bout to the eventual gold medalist Loïc Pietri. He won bronze medals at the 2015 World Judo Championships and 2015 Pan American Games.[5]

Penalber competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in the men's 81 kg event, in which he was eliminated in the third round by Sergiu Toma.[6][7]


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  3. ^ "Victor Rodrigues Penalber de Oliveira | CBJ". CBJ | Brasil. Retrieved 2016-06-02.
  4. ^ "Folha de S.Paulo – Esporte – Após doping, jovem volta e faz sombra a Guilheiro – 27/10/2012". Retrieved 2016-06-02.
  5. ^ Victor Penalber.
  6. ^ "Victor Penalber". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on August 17, 2016. Retrieved August 16, 2016.
  7. ^ "Men's -81 kg - Standings". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on August 15, 2016. Retrieved August 16, 2016.