Aleni Smith - Judo (-73kg)
Full Name: Aleni Smith
Sport: Judo (-73kg)
Elininations & 1/4 Finals -Monday, 30 July @ 09:00 - 12:30 (BST - British Summer Time)
*1/2 Finals & Finals -Monday, 30 July @ 14:00 - 16:30 *pending qualification
Lives/Trains in: Samoa
Before London 2012: Aleni has traveled to the UK (North West England) last June 2012 to participate in an Pre-Olympic training camp at the Kendal Judo Club. During this camp Aleni was exposed to many professional trainers and high level practice compeitions to get him ready for London 2012. He has reported great progress to his personal skills and has accomplished a win in one of his competitons. Good luck Aleni!
Questions with Aleni
School: Leififi College
Sibilings: 1 younger brother and 4 younger sisters
Coach: Shin Mogi
Years Competing: 4 years
How much time spent training a day: 5 hours
Best things about competing: get Ippon (win) with Seoinage (Shoulder throw)
Why did you start Judo: Friends
Memorable competitions: Championships 2012 in Paris & Grandslam 2010 in Tokyo
Sporting Hero: Teddy Riner
General Interests outside your sport: Rugby
Favorite Artist: UB40
Last Words: "Thank you very much for the Judo association to give me lots of opportunities and for the coaches to help me with my training. For my family thank you for your strong support and understanding, and all the people who supported me all the time. I will do my best for myself and for Samoa."
Judo at London 2012
Venue: ExCeL, London
Dates: Saturday 28 July – Friday 03 August
Medal events: 14
Did you know: Judo made its first appearance at the Olympic Games at Tokyo in 1964. Competitors use a mix of attack and defence in one-on-one contests, which can be tough, tense and explosive.
Olympic History: Judo made its first appearance on the Olympic programme at the Games of the XVIII Olympiad, Tokyo 1964. It was then absent from the Mexico City 1968 Games, only to return for the Munich 1972 Games and has been on the Olympic programme ever since. Women’s judo appeared as a demonstration sport at the Seoul 1988 Games and joined the Olympic programme for the Games of the XXV Olympiad, Barcelona 1992.