Aug. 17, 2004
Athens. Greece -
Jimmy Pedro (Methuen MA), a 1994 graduate of Brown University, made history by becoming the first U.S. Judo player to win two Olympic medals. On Monday he won the bronze medal in the 73 kg category, defeating Daniel Fernandez of France. Earlier in the final session, he defeated Joao Neto of Portugal. Both matches were won by pins, making both fighters submit before full time was up. He also earned a bronze at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.
Pedro enlisted his younger brother Mike, currently a junior captain on the Brown wreslting squad, to be his training partner in Athens. Like his brother, Jimmy captained the Bears' wrestling team during his tenure at Brown.
"I made my decision to come back to judo during the (2002) Salt Lake Games when I saw (speedskater) Derek Parra win gold," said Pedro. "I was sitting in the stadium that night, telling my wife on the phone that I needed to go to the Olympics again. Since then, it's been the most enjoyable two years of my life. Today was incredible and is the perfect ending to a fantastic career."
Click here to read an ESPN.com feature on Pedro's journey to Olympic history.
Jimmy Pedro (73 kg)
Defeats Rodrigo Lucentiau (Argentina)
Lost to Won Hee Lee (Korea - eventual Gold Medalist)
Defeats Anatoly Laryakov (Belarus
Defeats Gennady Bilodid ( Ukraine)
Defeats Joao Neto (Portugal)
Defeats Daniel Fernando (France) - Bronze Medal match