Olympics: Colombians to watch in London

By Dialogo
July 26, 2012

CALI, Colombia – Keep an eye on these Colombian athletes competing in London:
Yuri Alvear, Jamundí, judo: Alvear, 26, will compete in her second Olympics. In Beijing, 2008, she finished seventh in the 70-kilogram (154-pound) class. She won bronze medals in the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara; in Buenos Aires in 2009 and Montreal 2007. She won gold at the 2010 Medellín South American Games.
María Luis Calle, Medellín, cycling: Calle, 43, will participate in her fourth Olympics. She already won a bronze medal at the point trials during the 2004 Athens Games. She will participate in the omnium and individual time trials in the 29-kilometer (18-mile) race.
Juan Esteban Arango, Medellín, cycling: Arango, 26, won the omnium gold medal at the World Track Championship in London last February. In addition, he won gold medals in the 2011 Pan American Games (omnium and team pursuit) at the 2010 Central American Games (madison, omnium, individual and team pursuits) and in the Medellín South American Games (individual and team pursuits). In London, Arango will also participate in the individual and team pursuits.
Luis Fernando López, Pasto, racewalking: López, a 44-year-old police officer, will compete in the 20-kilometer (12.4 mile) race. He took fifth at the 2009 Berlin World Championship and a bronze medal at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, last year.
Mariana Pajón, Medellín, BMX: Pajón, 20, will carry the Colombian flag at the Opening Ceremony. The BMX specialist comes from a family of athletes. Her father raced cars and her brother races karts. Last year, she won the 2011 World Championship in Copenhagen, Denmark. She also holds five UCI world titles.
Jackeline Rentería, Cali, wrestling: Rentería, 26, won bronze in Beijing in 2008 in the 55-kilogram (121-pound) class. She won the gold medal at the Finland Pre-Olympic Wrestling Tournament in May.