Melissa Mojica

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Mojica and the second or maternal family name is Rosario.
Melissa Mojica
Personal information
Full name Melissa Mojica Rosario
Nationality  Puerto Rico
Born (1983-12-29) December 29, 1983 (age 33)
Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico
Years active 2005–2016
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 265 lb (120 kg)[1]
Sport
Sport Judo
Event(s) +78 kg

Melissa Mojica Rosario (born December 29, 1983) is a retired Puerto Rican judoka.

Early and personal life[edit]

She was born in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico,[2] on December 29, 1983. She is 120.2 kilograms (265 lb).[3] Her parents are Carmelo Mojica and Julia Rosario, and she has two sisters: Melani and Julisa.[4] Mojica went to the Medardo Carazo High School and studied Biology at University of Turabo.[4]

Judo career[edit]

Mojica won the bronze medal in both, the open[5] and the over 78 kg division of the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games.[6] She won the gold medal in the 2008 Pan American Judo Championships in Miami.[7]

She won the gold medal in the over 78 kg and the open category, as well the silver in the team competition at the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games, held in her home country, Puerto Rico.[2]

At the 2011 Pan American Games she lost the final to the Cuban Idalys Ortiz to win the silver medal at the +78 kg category in the regional games held in Guadalajara, Mexico.[8]

Mojica won in May 2012, the silver medal at the Moscow Grand Slam, after being defeated by the Brazilian Maria Suelen Altheman who won her category gold medal.[9] At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she defeated the Saudi teenager Wojdan Shaherkani, who competed with a special hijab, in only 82 seconds.[10] After the combat Mojica claimed that she does not care about religious issues, but every woman should have the opportunity to compete at the Olympics.[11] She then lost to Russian Elena Ivashchenko by Ippon in the second round, ending her participation in the +78 kg category at London, United Kingdom.[12]

Achievements[edit]

Year Tournament Place Weight class
2005 Pan American Judo Championships 2nd Openweight
2006 Pan American Judo Championships 3rd Heavyweight (+78 kg)
2006 Pan American Judo Championships 3rd Openweight
2007 Pan American Judo Championships 2nd Heavyweight (+78 kg)
2007 Pan American Judo Championships 5th Openweight
2007 Pan American Games 5th Heavyweight (+78 kg)
2007 World Judo Championships AC Heavyweight (+78 kg)
2008 Pan American Judo Championships 3rd Heavyweight (+78 kg)
2008 Pan American Judo Championships 1st Openweight
2009 World Judo Championships AC Heavyweight (+78 kg)
2010 Pan American Judo Championships 3rd Heavyweight (+78 kg)
2010 Pan American Judo Championships 3rd Openweight
2011 Pan American Judo Championships 3rd Heavyweight (+78 kg)

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://smsprio2016-a.akamaihd.net/_odf-documents/J/U/JUW178402_ContestResults_2016_08_12_1a910600_a667_4f91_8556_9da54aa0dac5.pdf
  2. ^ a b Holsum (2010). "Melissa Mojica Rosario, Judo" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2012-08-21. 
  3. ^ https://smsprio2016-a.akamaihd.net/_odf-documents/J/U/JUW178402_ContestResults_2016_08_12_1a910600_a667_4f91_8556_9da54aa0dac5.pdf
  4. ^ a b "Melissa Mojica". COPUR. 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-21. 
  5. ^ "Cartagena: Dominicana y Venezuela sacan oro". Terra (in Spanish). Cartagena, Colombia. AP. 2006-07-29. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  6. ^ colombia.com (2006-07-26). "Judo: Cuba ganó cuatro medallas de oro y se afianza" (in Spanish). EFE. Retrieved 2012-08-18. 
  7. ^ "Sendas preseas de oro en Miami". El Nuevo Dia (in Spanish). 2008-05-11. Retrieved 2012-08-21. 
  8. ^ "Sendas Cuba alza el oro y Puerto Rico la plata en los 78 kilos femenino de judo". Terra (in Spanish). EFE. 2011-11-26. Retrieved 2012-08-21. 
  9. ^ Rosário, Myrian (2012-05-28). "Maria Suelen Altheman comemora título e revanche contra Porto-Riquenha no Grand Slam de Moscou". Judo Paulista (in Portuguese). MR Comunicação. Retrieved 2012-08-21. 
  10. ^ Associated Press (3 August 2012). "London 2012: Saudi Arabia's 1st female judo athlete loses bout in 82 seconds". Toronto Star. 
  11. ^ Waldie, Paul (2012-08-03). "Saudi judoka makes historic Olympic appearance". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  12. ^ "Resultados de la final de la categoría de +78 kg mujeres de judo". Terra (in Spanish). AFP. 2012-08-03. Retrieved 2012-08-21. 

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