Yuri Alvear

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Alvear and the second or maternal family name is Orejuela.
Yuri Alvear
Deportivo Cali - Yuri Alvear 06.JPG
Medal record
Women's Judo
Competitor for  Colombia
Olympic Games
Bronze 2012 London –70 kg
World Championships
Gold 2009 Rotterdam –70 kg
Gold 2013 Rio de Janeiro –70 kg
Gold 2014 Chelyabinsk –70 kg
Pan American Games
Bronze 2007 Rio de Janeiro –70 kg
Pan American Championships
Gold 2007 Montreal –70 kg
Gold 2009 Buenos Aires –70 kg
Bronze 2008 Miami –70 kg
Bronze 2011 Guadalajara –70 kg
Bronze 2012 Montreal –70 kg
Bronze 2013 San José –70 kg

Yuri Alvear Orejuela (born 29 March 1986 in Jamundí, Valle del Cauca[1]) is a Colombian female judoka.

Early life[edit]

Yuri was born in Jamundí what is suburb of third largest city in Colombia, Cali. Her father Arnuy is a builder and mother Miryam is a housewife.[citation needed] She has also a brother Harvy.

From youth she was very talented in all kind of sports she did like water polo, volleyball, handball, athletics.[citation needed] When she was 14 a judo trainer of Litecom school Ruperto Guaúña was looking for a girls in his judo team.[2] That's how Yuri became a judoka.

Yuri begun with judo late but she already had physical condition from previous sport so she just needed to learn technical aspects of judo.[citation needed]

She is very good friend with other top Colombian judoka Anny Cortez.[3]

Two weeks before 2010 Pan American Judo Championships after training she felt some pain in left knee. She went to doctor and he found that she has torn ACL.[4]

Judo career[edit]

Alvear won the bronze medal of the under 57 kg division of the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games.[5]

In 2008 she participated Olympic Games in Beijing where she placed 7th losing very close match with Leire Iglesias from Spain and lost change to fight for medal.[citation needed]

In 2009 she won World Championships in Rotterdam.[citation needed] In final she gained victory over Anett Mészáros from Hungary and became third South American judoka who won the title by Natasha Hernández in 1984[citation needed] and Daniela Krukower in 2003.[citation needed]

In 2012 she won a bronze medal at the Olympic Games in London, beating Fei Chen of China. This was the first ever Olympic medal for Colombia in Judo.[6]


Year Tournament Place Weight class
2007 Pan American Judo Championships 1st[citation needed] Middleweight (−70 kg)
2008 Pan American Judo Championships 3rd[citation needed] Middleweight (−70 kg)
2008 Olympic Games 7th[citation needed] Middleweight (−70 kg)
2009 Pan American Judo Championships 1st[citation needed] Middleweight (−70 kg)
2009 World Judo Championships 1st[citation needed] Middleweight (−70 kg)
2010 South American Games 1st[citation needed] Middleweight (−70 kg)
2011 Pan American Judo Championships 3rd[citation needed] Middleweight (−70 kg)
2012 Olympic Games 3rd Middleweight (−70 kg)
2014 World Judo Championships 1st[citation needed] Middleweight (−70 kg)



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