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2000 Gold Medalist Weightlifter Soraya Jimenez Dies of Heart Attack Aged 35

  • Gold medalist Soraya Jimenez of Mexico, center, is flanked by silver medalist Song Hui Ri of North Korea, left, and bronze medalist Khassaraporn Suta of Thailand in the podium of the women's 58 kg weightlifting competition of the Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, on Sept. 18, 2000 .

    Gold medalist Soraya Jimenez of Mexico, center, is flanked by silver medalist Song Hui Ri of North Korea, left, and bronze medalist Khassaraporn Suta of Thailand in the podium of the women's 58 kg weightlifting competition of the Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, on Sept. 18, 2000 .  (AP2000)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2000 file photo, Soraya Jimenez of Mexico, completes a final lift to win the gold medal in the clean and jerk event of the women's 58 kg weightlifting competition at the Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Jimenez, the first woman to win an Olympic gold medal for her country, died of a heart attack on Thursday, March 28, 2013 in Mexico City. She was 35. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2000 file photo, Soraya Jimenez of Mexico, completes a final lift to win the gold medal in the clean and jerk event of the women's 58 kg weightlifting competition at the Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Jimenez, the first woman to win an Olympic gold medal for her country, died of a heart attack on Thursday, March 28, 2013 in Mexico City. She was 35. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder, File)  (AP2000)

Soraya Jimenez, the weightlifter who 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 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 network.

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

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