Meanwhile in Colombia …
Time for another ATG First Timer.
Meet 19 year old Luis Javier Mosquera (62kg).
Follow him on Instagram @luisjavierhd16
Update: Let’s interview Luis ourselves! Leave questions in the comments.
El Pais made a little profile video about him in which you can see how he lives and trains.
I think he says that weightlifting is not well recognized in Colombia. His dream, of course, is an Olympic Gold Medal and he says that despite receiving help from a government funded program, he calls for more support and better living conditions.
Update: Translation with more details thanks to reader AC.
- He has sub-17, sub-18 titles in Colombia and youth world (four). He has also won at the Pan-american Games and has a South American title (two). I couldn’t hear the weight classes in which he’s won those titles.
- He got hooked in the sport ever since he was a boy (10 yrs old).
- He’s been promised that the gym will get repaired/upgraded ever since he started winning world titles (2011) but nothing has happened. He wants the repairs not for him but for the others who come into the gym to work hard. One can clearly see that the gym is in bad shape.
- They promised him a house two years ago but nothing has happened. He’s still hopeful that he will get one.
- Ever since he became a father, he has taken the sports more seriously.
- AC’s observation: towards the end of the video he starts talking about that he’s practically unknown to the powers-to-be in the sport but he also mentions that he’s just from Yumbo and maybe that’s the reason the officials haven’t helped the gym. From the look of the dirt streets it seems that he lives in a very poor area.
He says: “Indervalle [sports development institution] does not know I exist”.
Here are some of his training highlights: 140kg Hang Snatch
170kg Clean & Jerk from before Junior Worlds
150kg Power Clean
160 kg Clean & Power Jerk
Some Snatch Pulls to Snatch