Vanessa Zambotti

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Vanessa Zambotti
Medal record
Women's judo
Representing  Mexico
Pan American Games
Gold 2007 Rio de Janeiro +78 kg
Pan American Judo Championships
Silver 2005 Caguas +78 kg
Silver 2009 Buenos Aires Openweight
Silver 2010 San Salvador +78 kg
Silver 2010 San Salvador Openweight
Silver 2011 Guadalajara +78 kg
Bronze 2005 Caguas Openweight
Bronze 2007 Montreal +78 kg
Bronze 2008 Miami +78 kg
Bronze 2009 Buenos Aires +78 kg
Central American and Caribbean Games
Bronze 2006 Cartagena +78 kg

Vanessa Martina Zambotti Barreto (born 4 March 1982 in Parral, Chihuahua[1]) is a judoka from Mexico.

Early and personal life[edit]

Vanessa was born in Parral, Chihuahua. She lives in Mexico City and trains judo in CONADE.[citation needed] Her biggest motivation in her life is her family. She says that they are something like batteries for her.[citation needed] She studied Sports Administration at Universidad del Valle de México and got a degree.[2]

During 2003 Pan American Games she suffered an injury in the right shoulder. The injury did not look serious and she competed with it until summer of 2005, when the pain became unsufferable. A few weeks before 2005 World Judo Championships in Cairo, she underwent surgery and spent a year recovering.[3]

After the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens she changed her trainer, now working with Brazilian Amadeus Díaz de Moura.[citation needed] She can always surprise because her category is a little erratic.[citation needed] Her biggest advantage is her size and experience.[citation needed]

Judo career[edit]

She has participated in three Olympic games.[4][5]

Zambotti won the bronze medal of the under 57 kg division of the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games.[6]

In the 2004 Olympic Games she won her first match against Tsvetana Bozhilova from Bulgaria, but lost the second match against Barbara Andolina from Italy. The Italian competitor lost her next match, so Vanessa could not start in repêchage.[citation needed]

In the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing she was a medal hope for Mexico[citation needed] as winner of Pan American Games from the previous year,[citation needed] but in her second match she bumped with Olympic champion from Athens Maki Tsukada. She lost this match and finally took 9th place.[4]

Achievements[edit]

Year Tournament Place Weight class
2004 Olympic Games AC Heavyweight (+78 kg)
2005 Pan American Judo Championships 2nd Heavyweight (+78 kg)
2005 Pan American Judo Championships 3rd Openweight
2007 Pan American Judo Championships 3rd Heavyweight (+78 kg)
2007 Pan American Games 1st Heavyweight (+78 kg)
2007 World Judo Championships AC Heavyweight (+78 kg)
2008 Pan American Judo Championships 3rd Heavyweight (+78 kg)
2008 Olympic Games 9th Heavyweight (+78 kg)
2009 Pan American Judo Championships 3rd Heavyweight (+78 kg)
2009 Pan American Judo Championships 2nd Openweight
2009 World Judo Championships 7th Heavyweight (+78 kg)
2010 Pan American Judo Championships 2nd Heavyweight (+78 kg)
2010 Pan American Judo Championships 2nd Openweight
2011 Pan American Judo Championships 2nd Heavyweight (+78 kg)

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