2000 Gold Medalist Dies of a Heart Attack at age 35

    March 29, 2013

Olympic gold medalist Soraya Jimenez has died at the age of 35.

Reuters is reporting that Jimenez died of a heart attack at her home in Mexico City. She reportedly had multiple health issues, and only one lung.

Jimenez won gold for Mexico in the women’s 58 kg weightlifting competition at the 2000 summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. She lifted a total of 222.5 kg (490.5 pounds), beating the North Korean silver medalist Ri Song-Hui. The victory made her the first female gold medalist from Mexico.

Jimenez retired from the sport of weightlifting after the 2004 summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, where she did not place.