Óscar Figueroa (weightlifter)

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Óscar Figueroa
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Oscar Figueroa with the silver medal won at the 2012 Olympics
Personal information
Full nameOscar Albeiro Figueroa Mosquera
Nationality Colombia
Born (1983-04-27) April 27, 1983 (age 35)
Zaragoza, Colombia
EducationAdministration Studies
Alma materUniversity Santiago de Cali
Height1.61 m (5 ft 3 in)
Weight62 kg (137 lb)
Sport
Country Colombia
SportOlympic weightlifting
Event(s)–62 kg
Coached byJaiber Manjarres, Oswaldo Pinilla
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)318 kg

Oscar Albeiro Figueroa Mosquera (born 27 April 1983) is a Colombian weightlifter, and Olympic Champion competing in the 62 kg category until 2018 and 67 kg starting in 2018 after the International Weightlifting Federation reorganized the categories.[1]. He was born in Zaragoza, Antioquia.[2]

He initially retired from the sport after the 2016 Summer Olympics, but has returned to international competition[3] and has competed at the 2018 World Weightlifting Championships.[4]

Career[edit]

Figueroa lifting an Olympic Record 177 kg at the 2012 Olympics

Olympics[edit]

At the 2004 Summer Olympics he ranked 5th in the snatch as well as the clean & jerk in the 56 kg category, lifting a total of 280 kg,[5] and finished 5th overall

In the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics, Figueroa failed to make a lift in the snatch category, he was unable to lift the bar from the floor in all three attempts. After the competition, it was discovered that he had a c6/7 cervical hernia which weakened his right hand.[6][7] He left the Olympics without posting a result and had surgery to correct the hernia.[8]

In his return to the Olympics after his injury, he placed 3rd after the snatch portion of the competition with a lift of 140 kg. After failing to make his first two lifts in the clean & jerk portion, he successfully completed an Olympic Record lift of 177 kg. This gave him a total of 317 kg, the bronze medalist Eko Yuli Irawan also had the same total, but Figueroa had a lighter body weight (61.76 kg vs 61.98 kg), this caused Figueroa to win the silver medal.[9][10]

Earlier in 2016 Figueroa had surgery to repair his chronic back pain caused by a lumbar hernia,[11] and returned to the Olympics hoping to win gold. On August 8, 2016, Figueroa finally won gold in the 62 kg division with a total of 318 kg. After attempting and failing to lift 179 kg to set a new Olympic Record, Figueroa took off his shoes and placed them on the platform, signaling his immediate retirement from the sport.[12]

World Championships[edit]

Figueroa participated in the men's -62 kg class at the 2006 World Weightlifting Championships and won the silver medal, finishing behind Qiu Le. He snatched 137 kg and jerked an additional 160 kg for a total of 297 kg, 11 kg behind winner Qiu.[13]

He ranked 4th in the 62 kg category at the 2007 World Weightlifting Championships.

Major results[edit]

Year Venue Weight Snatch (kg) Clean & Jerk (kg) Total Rank
1 2 3 Rank 1 2 3 Rank
Representing  Colombia
Olympic Games
2004 Greece Athens, Greece 56 kg 120.0 125.0 127.5 5 145.0 150.0 155.0 5 280.0 5
2008 China Beijing, China 62 kg 128 128 128
2012 United Kingdom London, Great Britain 62 kg 137 140 142 3 177 177 177 1 317 2nd, silver medalist(s)
2016 Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 62 kg 137 142 145 1 172 176 179 1 318 1st, gold medalist(s)
World Championships
2006 Dominican Republic Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 62 kg 132 137 141 2nd, silver medalist(s) 160 164 164 5 297 2nd, silver medalist(s)
2007 Thailand Chiang Mai, Thailand 62 kg 135 140 140 6 160 160 165 8 295 4
2009 South Korea Goyang, South Korea 62 kg 135 139 141 4 165 165 168 5 307 4
2011 France Paris, France 62 kg 135 138 140 6 170 170 175 4 308 4
2013 Poland Wroclaw, Poland 62 kg 135 139 141 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 175 177 183 1st, gold medalist(s) 316 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
2014 Kazakhstan Almaty, Kazakhstan 62 kg 135 135 135
2015 United States Houston, United States 62 kg 135 140 140 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 175 180 180 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 315 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
2018 Turkmenistan Ashgabat, Turkmenistan 67 kg 140 145 145 8 176 178 181 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 318 5
Pan American Games
2011 Mexico Guadalajara, Mexico 62 kg 132 135 137 1 165 171 175 1 312 1st, gold medalist(s)
2015 Canada Toronto, Canada 62 kg 130 130 135 2 170 175 1 310 1st, gold medalist(s)

References[edit]

  1. ^ PDF listing of 2018 Group A world championship entrants in 67 kg
  2. ^ "OSCAR ALBEYRO FIGUEROA MOSQUERA" (PDF) (in Spanish). Comité Olímpico Colombiano.
  3. ^ IWF.net. "Who will be dominant in Santo Domingo?". Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  4. ^ CaracolTV. "¿En qué andan por estos días los medallistas olímpicos Óscar Figueroa y Leidy Solís?". Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  5. ^ "FIGUEROA Oa". International Weightlifting Federation.
  6. ^ "China extended its perfect record". The Associated Press. 2008-08-11. Retrieved 2008-08-24.
  7. ^ Olympic Channel. "The Oscar Figueroa Story". Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  8. ^ BarBend. "Oscar Figueroa". Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  9. ^ "62kg men results - Weightlifting - London 2012 Olympics". www.olympic.org. Retrieved 2015-06-07.
  10. ^ "Weightlifting at the 2012 London Summer Games: Men's Featherweight". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-06-07.
  11. ^ Yahoo. "Colombian weightlifter Figueroa strikes Olympic gold, retires". Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Weightlifting recap: Oscar Figueroa wins gold, retires". Retrieved 2016-08-08.
  13. ^ 75th MEN'S and 18th WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS -62 KG MEN, iwf.net

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