- Diego Hypólito
Diego Hypólito at the 2007 Pan Am Games.
Personal information Full name Diego Matias Hypólito Country represented Brazil Born June 19, 1986
Santo André, São Paulo, Brazil
Hometown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Height 170 centimetres (5 ft 7 in) Discipline Men's artistic gymnastics Level Senior international Club CR Flamengo Head coach(es) Renato Araújo
Diego Matias Hypólito (born June 19, 1986 in ) is a Brazilian gymnast and the 2005 and 2007 World Champion on the floor exercise. He is the first male gymnast from Brazil, and South America, to medal at the World Championships. He is also the younger brother of Daniele Hypólito, the first Brazilian gymnast ever to medal at Worlds.
Born in Santo André, São Paulo, Brazil, Hypólito began gymnastics at the age of 7, following in his older sister's footsteps. He won the floor exercise event in the children's division at the Brazilian National Championships in 1997 and was the all-around junior National Champion in 2001.
At 21, Hypólito has competed in five World Gymnastics Championships, in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007. A floor exercise specialist, he qualified for the FX event finals in all five competitions, placing fifth in 2002, fourth in 2003, earning the gold medal in 2005, the silver medal in 2006, and the gold again in 2007. With his 2005 win, Hypólito became the first male South American gymnast to medal at Worlds.
In the spring of 2008, Hypólito contracted dengue fever. However, he was able to recover and resume training in time to compete at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, where he was Brazil's only MAG representative. In the preliminary round of competition, he performed on floor and vault, and qualified to the floor event final in first place with a score of 15.950. In the floor finals, he fell on his last tumbling pass to finish the meet in 6th place.
- ^ "Diego Hypólito é primeiro brasileiro campeão mundial de ginástica" Murilo Garavello, UOL, 26 November 2005
- ^ Official website
- ^ AP "Gymnastics world champ Diego Hypolito confirmed with dengue in Brazil" Associated Press, April 7, 2008
- ^ MAG qualification scores--apparatus NBC Olympics, August 9, 2008
- ^ Results - Floor Men's Floor Exercise Final Beijing, August 17, 2008
- Diego Hypólito at Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique
- Official profile at the Brazilian Gymnastics Federation
- Official website
- Profile at International Gymnast magazine
World Champions in Artistic Gymnastics – Men's Floor Exercise
1903 – 1926: not awarded | 1930: Josip Primožič | 1934: Georges Miez | 1938: Jan Gajdoš | 1950: Josef Stalder | 1954: Masao Takemoto / Valentin Muratov | 1958: Masao Takemoto | 1962: Nobuyuki Aihara / Yukio Endo | 1966: Akinori Nakayama | 1970: Akinori Nakayama | 1974: Shigeru Kasamatsu | 1978: Kurt Thomas | 1979: Kurt Thomas / Roland Brückner | 1981: Li Yuejiu / Yuri Korolev | 1983: Tong Fei | 1985: Tong Fei | 1987: Lou Yun | 1989: Igor Korobchinsky | 1991: Igor Korobchinsky | 1992: Igor Korobchinsky | 1993: Grigory Misutin | 1994: Vitaly Scherbo | 1995: Vitaly Scherbo | 1996: Vitaly Scherbo | 1997: Alexei Nemov | 1999: Alexei Nemov | 2001: Jordan Jovtchev / Marian Drăgulescu | 2002: Marian Drăgulescu | 2003: Paul Hamm | 2005: Diego Hypólito | 2006: Marian Drăgulescu | 2007: Diego Hypólito | 2009: Marian Drăgulescu | 2010: Eleftherios Kosmidis | 2011: Kōhei Uchimura
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