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Olympic gold medal winning weightlifter dies of heart attack

Sonya Jiminez, 2000 Sydney champ, dies at 35

Posted: Mar 29, 2013 8:32 AM ET

Last Updated: Mar 29, 2013 8:49 AM ET

Soraya Jimenez, the weightlifter who won a gold medal in 2000 in Sydney to become Mexico's first female Olympic champion, has died of a heart attack. She was 35.

The Mexican Olympic Committee released a statement on Thursday saying it was "in mourning" following Jimenez's death.

After retiring from weightlifting because of various injuries, Jimenez became a sportscaster for the Televisa television network.

In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Maria Espinoza won a gold medal in taekwondo, the only other Mexican woman to win an Olympic gold.

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