Vanina Sánchez

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Vanina Sánchez
Personal information
Full name Vanina Paola Sánchez Berón
Nationality  Argentina
Born (1979-03-13) 13 March 1979 (age 35)
San Martín de los Andes,
Neuquén, Argentina
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 62 kg (137 lb)
Sport Taekwondo
Event(s) 67 kg

Vanina Paola Sánchez Berón (born March 13, 1979 in San Martín de los Andes, Neuquén) is an Argentine taekwondo practitioner.[1] She is a three-time medalist at the Pan American Games, and a silver medalist for the 60 kg division at the 1995 World Taekwondo Championships in Manila, Philippines.[2]

Sanchez made her official debut for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, where she competed in the women's welterweight category (67 kg). She lost the first preliminary match to Philippines' Mary Antoinette Rivero by a superiority decision from the judges, with a score of 10–10.[3]

At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Sanchez qualified for the second time in the women's 67 kg class after winning the championship title from the Pan American Qualification Tournament in Cali, Colombia.[4] Sanchez improved her performance from the previous games by defeating Turkey's Sibel Güler in the preliminary round; however, she lost her next match to Canada's Karine Sergerie, who was able to score three points at the end of the game.[5] Because Sergerie advanced further into the final match against South Korea's Hwang Kyung-Seon, Sanchez offered another shot for the bronze medal through the repechage bout, where she was defeated by Australia's Tina Morgan, with a default score of 2–9.[6]


  1. ^ "Vanina Sánchez". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Tacujan, Lito (28 August 2004). "Geisler, Rivero launch final bids". Philippine Star. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Engracia Jr., Artemio (28 August 2004). "Medal or bust for Geisler, Rivero". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "WTF Pan American Qualification Tournament Concludes in Success in Cali, Colombia". World Taekwondo Federation. 10 December 2007. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Women's 67kg (148 lbs) Quarterfinals". NBC Olympics. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Women's 67kg (148 lbs) Repechage". NBC Olympics. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 

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