Olivera in the 2012 Summer Olympics marathon
|Full name||Érika Alejandra Olivera de la Fuente|
4 January 1976 |
|Height||1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)|
|Weight||55 kg (121 lb)|
|Updated on 13 May 2014.|
Érika Alejandra Olivera de la Fuente (born 4 January 1976 in Quinta Normal) is a female marathon runner from Chile. She has competed at five Olympic Games, the most Olympic appearances ever by a female marathon runner.
She took the gold medal at the 1999 Pan American Games, setting a Pan American Games record at 2:37.41 hours. She won a bronze at the following edition in 2003. Starting in 1996, she represented her native country in three consecutive Summer Olympics, and also the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Olivera made her breakthrough at the junior level in 1994 when she won the 10,000 metres gold and 3000 metres bronze medals at the South American Junior Championships in Athletics. The following year she upgraded to a gold and a silver medal at the Pan American Junior Championships, before going on to complete a hat-trick of medals at the South American Junior Championships – she secured a 10,000 m and 3000 m double and also won the 1500 metres silver behind Bertha Sánchez.
Olivera is a two-time winner of the South American Cross Country Championships, having beaten all comers in both the long and short races in 1999. She is a five-time winner and course record holder of the Santiago Marathon. She won the 1995 edition of the Buenos Aires Marathon in Argentina and placed fourth at the 74th Saint Silvester Marathon in 1998.
She enjoyed success on the track at continental level, completing a 10,000 metres/5000 metres silver medal double at both the 1997 and 2003 South American Championships in Athletics. Further to this, she won a silver and a bronze at the 1999 edition of the competition. At the Ibero-American Championships, she has won medals in a number of events, beginning with a 5000 m gold medal and 10,000 m bronze in 1996, the 10,000 m gold at the 2000 edition, and finally a silver medal in the 3000 metres steeplechase in 2002.
Her personal best for the marathon is 2:32:23, set at the 1999 Rotterdam Marathon, which is also the Chilean record for the event. She is also the national record holder over the half marathon, 10,000 m and 5000 m.
Erika Olivera was married with Ricardo Opazo, who was also her coach. Currently her couple is Chilean marathoner Leslie Encina. She has five children.
The athlete has always been critical with regard to sports financing in Chile, indicating the lack of financial support that she has had to overcome during her athletic career.
In 2015 Olivera manifested her intention of starting a political career once she finishes her athletic profession, considering that she will attempt to become a member of the Chilean Congress Cámara de Diputados de Chile, and showing interest in the Renovación Nacional party.
Olympic results 
|2016 Rio de Janeiro||Marathon||105||2:50:29|
- 1500 m: 4:25.61 – Talca, 11 April 1997
- 3000 m: 9:21.73 – Santiago, 1 May 1999
- 5000 m: 15:51.45 – Río de Janeiro, 20 May 2000
- 10,000 m: 33:23.12 – Concepción, 30 November 1996
- Half marathon: 1:11:54 – Santiago, 10 September 2000
- Marathon: 2:32:23 – Rotterdam, 18 April 1999
- 3000 m steeplechase: 10:48.75– Guatemala, 11 May 2002
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- South American Championships (Women). GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2010-10-30.
- Ibero American Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2010-10-30.
- Chilean Athletics Records - Women Outdoor. Fedachi. Retrieved on 2010-10-30.
- "Erika Olivera busca su fondo político". La Tercera (in Spanish). 18 July 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
- "La dura revelación de Érika Olivera: fue abusada por su padrastro por doce años". La Tercera.
- Vallejos, Leonardo (5 May 2016). "Erika Olivera, la chilena con más JJ.OO.: "Yo también tengo escuelas, pero nunca le pediría ayuda a Farkas"" [Erika Olivera, the chilean with most Olympics: "I have schools also, but I would never ask Farkas for help"]. El Mercurio (in Spanish). Santiago. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
I've only skipped Beijing 2008 because my son was born. Otherwise, it would be six in a row.
Denisse van Lamoen
|Flagbearer for Chile
Rio de Janeiro 2016