Yuri Alvear

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Yuri Alvear
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Personal information
Full nameYuri Alvear Orejuela
NationalityColombian
Born (1986-03-29) 29 March 1986 (age 33)
Jamundí, Colombia
Height1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight70 kg (154 lb)
Sport
CountryColombia
SportJudo
Event(s)–70 kg

Yuri Alvear Orejuela (born 29 March 1986) is a Colombian female judoka, three times World Champion in her division.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Yuri was born in Jamundí which is a suburb of the 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 that she participated in like water polo, volleyball, handball, athletics.[citation needed] When she was 14 Ruperto Guaúña, a judo trainer of Litecom school, was looking for a girls for his judo team.[3] That's how Yuri became a judoka.

Yuri began judo late, but she already was already in good physical condition from previous sport so she just needed to learn technical aspects of judo.[citation needed]

She is a very good friend with other top Colombian judoka Anny Cortez.[4]

Two weeks before the 2010 Pan American Judo Championships after training she felt some pain in her left knee. She went to doctor and he found that she has torn ACL.[5]

Judo career[edit]

Alvear won the bronze medal of the under 57 kg division of the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games.[6]

In 2008, she participated Olympic Games in Beijing where she placed 7th. She lost to Anaysi Hernández of Cuba in the main draw and then lost a very close match against Leire Iglesias from Spain in the repechage losing her chance to fight for a medal.[citation needed][7]

In 2009, she won the World Championships in Rotterdam.[8] In the final she gained victory over Anett Mészáros from Hungary and became third South American judoka who won the title by Natasha Hernández (of Venezuela) in 1984 and Daniela Krukower (of Argentina) in 2003.[9][10][11]

In 2012, she won a bronze medal at the Olympic Games in London, beating Chen Fei of China.[12] This was the first ever Olympic medal for Colombia in Judo.[13]

In 2016, she returned to the Olympic games in Rio and won a silver medal, becoming the 5th Colombian athlete to win 2 Olympic medals.

Achievements[edit]

Year Tournament Place Weight class
2007 Pan American Judo Championships 1st Middleweight (−70 kg)
2008 Pan American Judo Championships 3rd Middleweight (−70 kg)
2008 Olympic Games 7th Middleweight (−70 kg)
2009 Pan American Judo Championships 1st Middleweight (−70 kg)
2009 World Judo Championships 1st Middleweight (−70 kg)
2010 South American Games 1st Middleweight (−70 kg)
2011 Pan American Judo Championships 3rd Middleweight (−70 kg)
2012 Olympic Games 3rd Middleweight (−70 kg)
2014 World Judo Championships 1st Middleweight (−70 kg)
2015 World Judo Championships 3rd Middleweight (−70 kg)
2016 Olympic Games 2nd Middleweight (−70 kg)

All results referenced in her JudoInside profile.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-07. Retrieved 2010-06-08.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ IJF profile
  3. ^ "Yuri Alvear Orejuela, campeona mundial de judo, es la segunda Deportista del Año de EL TIEMPO". eltiempo.com.
  4. ^ "Vallecaucana Yuri Alvear es el primer oro de los Juegos Nacionales". eltiempo.com.
  5. ^ "Judo: Colombiana Alvear, seis meses fuera de competencias por lesión". Spanish.china.org.cn.
  6. ^ colombia.com (28 July 2006). "Judo: Cuba demuestra su poderío al ganar mayoría de oro" (in Spanish). EFE. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
  7. ^ "63 – 70kg (middleweight) women results – Judo – Beijing 2008 Olympics". www.olympic.org. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  8. ^ "World Championships Rotterdam, Event, JudoInside". www.judoinside.com. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  9. ^ "International Judo Federation". www.intjudo.eu. Archived from the original on 3 April 2016. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  10. ^ "World Championships women Vienna, Event, JudoInside". www.judoinside.com. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  11. ^ "World Championships Osaka, Event, JudoInside". www.judoinside.com. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  12. ^ "63 – 70kg (middleweight) women results – Judo – London 2012 Olympics". www.olympic.org. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  13. ^ elcolombiano.com (1 August 2012). "Yuri Alvear ganó medalla de bronce en judo" (in Spanish). Colprensa. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  14. ^ "Yuri Alvear, Judoka, JudoInside". www.judoinside.com. Retrieved 15 February 2016.

External links[edit]

Olympic Games
Preceded by
Mariana Pajón
Flagbearer for  Colombia
Rio de Janeiro 2016
Succeeded by
Incumbent