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Soraya Jimenez (Associated Press/David Guttenfelder)
MEXICO CITY (AP) — 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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