Mariana Pajón

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Mariana Pajón
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Pajón in 2013
Personal information
Full name Mariana Pajón Londoño
Nickname "Tata", "Queen of BMX"
Born (1991-10-10) 10 October 1991 (age 25)
Medellín, Colombia
Height 1.58 m (5 ft 2 in)[1]
Weight 53 kg (117 lb)[1]
Team information
Discipline Bicycle Motocross (BMX)
Role Rider

Mariana Pajón Londoño ODB (born 10 October 1991) is a Colombian cyclist, two-time Olympic gold medalist and BMX World Champion.[2]

She won her first national title at age of 5 and her first world title at 9. Overall, she is the winner of 14 world championships, 2 national championships in the United States, 9 Latin American Championships and 10 Pan American championships. She also won the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, on 10 August 2012, as well as in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. She is the first Colombian to win two Olympic gold medals. Pajón's achievements in BMX have earned her the nickname "Queen of BMX".[1]

She was selected to be the flag-bearer for Colombia at the 2012 Summer Olympics at the Opening Ceremony.

BMX Olympic champion[edit]

London 2012[edit]

After being the flag-bearer for Colombia during the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics, Pajón's first participation in the BMX event resulted in the first gold medal for Colombia during the 2012 games and the second overall in Colombia's participation in the Olympics.[1]

After achieving a splendid 1st position in all three runs of the Semifinals, Pajón won with a time of 37.706 seconds during the final.[3]

Rio 2016[edit]

Mariana Pajón won Olympic Gold at the 2016 Summer Olympics

In the 2016 Olympic Games Pajón defended her title and won her second Olympic gold medal and fifth overall for Colombia. With this victory, Pajón became the first Colombian athlete to win two gold medals.

Awards[edit]

Olympics[edit]

  • London 2012
    • 1st, gold medalist(s) Olympic Gold Medal, Women's BMX
  • Rio de Janeiro 2016
    • 1st, gold medalist(s) Olympic Gold Medal, Women's BMX (First Colombian to achieve 2 gold medals at the Olympic Games)

World Championships[edit]

Personal life[edit]

In 2013, Pajón started dating French BMX rider Vincent Pelluard.[4]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Olympic Games
Preceded by
María Luisa Calle
Flagbearer for  Colombia
London 2012
Succeeded by
Yuri Alvear