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2000 gold medalist Soraya Jimenez dies at age 35

March 29, 2013 at 9:40 AM   |   Comments

March 29 (UPI) -- The Mexican Olympic Committee announced Thursday that Sydney Olympic Games weightlifting gold medalist Soraya Jimenez died of a heart attack at age 35.

According to the Global Post, Jimenez died at her home in Mexico.

"Soraya was the first Mexican athlete to win a gold medal during the debut of female weightlifting at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000," the committee said in a statement.

Jimenez, who took home the gold in Sydney's Olympic Games for the women's 58 kilogram category, was the first Mexican woman to win an Olympic gold medal. She lifted a total of 497 pounds.

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