Omar Pinzón

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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Pinzón and the second or maternal family name is García.
Omar Pinzón
Personal information
Full name Omar Andrés Pinzón García
Nationality  Colombia
Born (1989-06-17) June 17, 1989 (age 25)
Bogotá, Colombia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 85 kg (187 lb)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Backstroke, butterfly, individual medley
Club Nautalius
College team University of Florida (U.S.)

Omar Andrés Pinzón García (born June 17, 1989) is a competition swimmer who represented Colombia at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece and 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. Pinzón attended college in the United States, where he swam for the University of Florida.

At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Pinzón finished in thirty-fifth place in the men's 200-meter backstroke. Pinzón competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing in the 100 and 200-meter backstroke, the 200 and 400-meter individual medley, and the 200-meter butterfly. His best 2008 Olympic performance was in the 200-meter backstroke, where he placed seventeenth with a time of 1:59.11.[1]

Pinzón was born in Bogotá, Distrito Capital, Colombia. He attended the Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida, and graduated from Gimnasio Britanico high school in Chía in 2005. Pinzón received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he swam for coach Gregg Troy's Florida Gators swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition from 2006 to 2010.[2] In his four-year Gator swimming career, Pinzón received twelve All-American honors.

Pinzón won his first gold medal at a Swimming World Cup in Singapore in 2011 in the 200-meter backstroke. Pinzón then won gold medals in Shanghai and Tokyo in the 200-meter backstroke.[3]

Pinzó tested positive for cocaine in November 2012 and was subsequently banned from competing for two years.[4] In 2014, however, after an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the suspension was overturned due to several inconsistencies in the testing process.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Omar Pinzón. Retrieved August 5, 2010.
  2. ^ GatorZone.com, Men's Swimming & Diving, 2008 Roster, Omar Pinzón. Retrieved July 15, 2010.
  3. ^ "Omar Pinzón ganó medalla de oro en Japón," El Colombiano (November 13, 2013). Retrieved November 20, 2011.
  4. ^ "Omar Pinzon Allegedly Tests Positive For Cocaine," Swimming World Magazine (November 28, 2012). Retrieved November 30, 2012.
  5. ^ Braden Keith, [1], SwimSwam, April 8, 2014