María Urrutia

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María Isabel Urrutia Ocoró
Member of the Chamber of Representatives of Colombia
In office
20 July 2002 – 20 July 2010
Constituency National Special Circumscription for Afro Communities
Personal details
Born (1965-03-25) 25 March 1965 (age 49)
Candelaria, Valle del Cauca, Colombia
Nationality Colombian
Other political
Social Afrocolombian Alliance (2006-2010)
United People's Movement (2002-2006)
María Urrutia
Medal record
Women's Weightlifting
Competitor for  Colombia
Olympic Games
Gold 2000 Sydney – 75 kg
World Championships
Bronze 1998 Lahti + 75 kg
Women's Athletics
Competitor for  Colombia
South American Games
Gold 1994 Valencia Discus throw
Gold 1982 Santa Fe Shot put
Gold 1982 Santa Fe Discus throw
Bolivarian Games
Gold 1997 Arequipa Shot put
Gold 1997 Arequipa Discus throw
Gold 1993 Cochabamba Shot put
Gold 1993 Cochabamba Discus throw
Gold 1989 Maracaibo Shot put
Gold 1989 Maracaibo Discus throw
Gold 1981 Barquisimeto Discus throw
Silver 1981 Barquisimeto Shot put
CAC Junior Championships (U20)
Gold 1984 San Juan Discus throw
Silver 1984 San Juan Shot put
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Urrutia and the second or maternal family name is Ocoró.

María Isabel Urrutia Ocoró (born 25 March 1965) is a former weightlifter, athlete and politician from Colombia.

Athletic career[edit]

Track and field[edit]

Initially she competed in shot put and discus throw, and participated in the 1988 Summer Olympics in these events.


She switched to weightlifting in 1989, and won silver at the 1989 World Championships. She won gold at the 1990, silver 1991, gold 1994, silver 1995, bronze 1996, silver 1997, and bronze at the 1998 World Weightlifting Championships.[1][2][3][4]

Urrutia won a gold medal in the women's 75 kg class in the 2000 Summer Olympics, her country's first Olympic gold medal.

Personal life[edit]

Nowadays she is retired and became a politician; Urrutia holds a seat in the Chamber of Representatives of Colombia since 2002 (twice elected: 2002 and 2006).

Achievements in track and field[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Colombia
1981 Bolivarian Games Barquisimeto, Venezuela 2nd Shot put 13.34m
1st Discus 42.76m
1982 South American Games Santa Fe, Argentina 1st Shot put 13.27m
1st Discus 44.84m
1984 Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships (U-20) San Juan, Puerto Rico 2nd Shot put 13.57m
1st Discus 48.74m
1987 World Championships Rome, Italy 18th Discus 53.94m
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, Korea 20th Shot put 15.13m
17th Discus 53.82m
1989 Bolivarian Games Maracaibo, Venezuela 1st Shot put 15.41m
1st Discus 50.22m
1993 Bolivarian Games Cochabamba, Bolivia 1st Shot put 15.35m A
1st Discus throw 54.08m A
1994 South American Games Valencia, Venezuela 1st Discus 58.08m
1997 Bolivarian Games Arequipa, Perú 1st Shot put 15.51m A
1st Discus 51.80m A

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "World Championships Women: -82.5 kg". 
  2. ^ "World Championships Women: -83 kg". 
  3. ^ "World Championships Women: +75 kg". 
  4. ^ "María Isabel Urrutia Ocoró" (in Spanish). Comité Olimpico Colombiano. Retrieved 2008-12-07. [dead link]

External links[edit]

Olympic Games
Preceded by
Marlon Pérez Arango
Flagbearer for  Colombia
Sydney 2000
Succeeded by
Carmenza Delgado