Road to the 2012 London Olympics!
Maria Isabel Urrutia
Did you know- Colombia fulfilled a dream nurtured for decades when the country’s athlete Maria Isabel Urrutia won the gold medal in the Summer Olympic Games of Sydney 2000. Colombia, from Cali to Manizales, celebrated its first ever Olympic title. She also became the first Colombian woman to win an Olympic gold medal. She was born on March 25, 1965, in Candelaria, Valle del Cauca.
Did you know- By the late 1940s, Colombia created Latin American baseball history by winning the World Cup; its first global tournament and the fourth by a team from South America (Venezuela won international championship three times, 1941,1944, and 1945). After that event, this Spanish-speaking nation won once again in the mid-1960s.In addition, the national team earned a gold medal in the Central American and Caribbean Games in the mid-40s. By 1976, for the third time, Colombia hosted the Baseball World Cup.
Did you know- This Spanish-speaking nation has many popular sportswomen: Jackeline Renteria (wrestling), Norfalia Carabali (track and field), Ximena Restrepo (athletics), Maria Morales (triathlon), Fernanda Mosquera (athletics), Olga Lucia Angulo (swimming), Sofia Nieto ( basketball), Mabel Mosquera (weightlifting), Maria Calle (cycling), and Maria Isabel Urrutia (weightlifting),
Did you know- The nation has been selected to host the FIFA Under-20 World Championship in 2011.
1975 FINA World Championships
Did you know- Cali -which is Colombia’s third largest city-won the right to host the 1975 FINA World Championships, one of the most important sports events on the planet. Cali became the second city to host the FINA Championships, after Belgrado (Yugoslavia, 1973). Four years prior to the Swimming World Championships, Cali had hosted the VI Pan American Games, the continent’s largest multi-sports event.
Central American and Caribbean Games
Did you know- The V Central American and Caribbean Games were held in Barranquilla, Colombia, in the mid-1940s. Thirteen countries and territories sent 1,542 athletes to the Games. In Barranquilla, the Netherlands Antilles, Dominican Republic and Trinidad Tobago made their Caribbean debut. By 1978, once again, Colombia hosted the Caribbean Games.
Olympic Soccer Tournament
Did you know- By 1972, the team from Colombia finished in 15th place in the men’s soccer in the Olympic Games of Munich (West Germany). The national team also participated in Mexico ’68 (9th), Moscow’80 (10th), and Barcelona’92 (11st).
Did you know- By 1979, the nation’s swimmer Pablo Restrepo, an American-trained athlete, was named as the best athlete of the year in Colombia. In the 1979 Pan American Games, he won a bronze medal in the men’s 200m breaststroke and then was finalist at the FINA World Cup. Mr Restrepo was born on May 21, 1960, in Medellin.
Did you know- The nation’s most popular sports are soccer, cycling, swimming, shooting, baseball, boxing, athletics, and weightlifting.