Omar Pinzón

Omar Andrés Pinzón García (born June 17, 1989) is a competitive swimmer who represented Colombia at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece and 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. Pinzón attended college in the United States, where he swam for the University of Florida.

Omar Pinzón
Colombian Swimmer Omar Pinzon debuts at the Colombian Swimming Nationals in Cucuta May 2017
Personal information
Full nameOmar Andrés Pinzón García
National team Colombia
Born (1989-06-17) June 17, 1989
Bogotá, Colombia
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight85 kg (187 lb)
StrokesBackstroke, butterfly, individual medley
ClubDeportivo Nautilus
College teamUniversity of Florida (U.S.)

At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Pinzón finished in thirty-fifth place in the men's 200-meter backstroke. Pinzón competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing in the 100 and 200-meter backstroke, the 200 and 400-meter individual medley, and the 200-meter butterfly. His best 2008 Olympic performance was in the 200-meter backstroke, where he placed seventeenth with a time of 1:59.11.[1]

Pinzón was born in Bogotá, Distrito Capital, Colombia. He attended the Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida, and graduated from Gimnasio Britanico high school in Chía in 2005. Pinzón received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he swam for coach Gregg Troy's Florida Gators swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition from 2006 to 2010.[2] In his four-year Gator swimming career, Pinzón received twelve All-American honors.

Pinzón won his first gold medal at a Swimming World Cup in Singapore in 2011 in the 200-meter backstroke. Pinzón then won gold medals in Shanghai and Tokyo in the 200-meter backstroke.[3]

Pinzón tested positive for cocaine in November 2012 and was subsequently banned from competing for two years.[4] In 2014, however, after an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the suspension was overturned due to several inconsistencies in the testing process.[5] He returned to the competition in 2014 to represent his country at the Central American and Caribbean Games.[6]

See also


  1., Olympic Sports, Omar Pinzón. Retrieved August 5, 2010.
  2., Men's Swimming & Diving, 2008 Roster, Omar Pinzón. Retrieved July 15, 2010.
  3. "Omar Pinzón ganó medalla de oro en Japón," El Colombiano (November 13, 2013). Retrieved November 20, 2011.
  4. "Omar Pinzon Allegedly Tests Positive For Cocaine Archived 2014-04-13 at the Wayback Machine," Swimming World Magazine (November 28, 2012). Retrieved November 30, 2012.
  5. Braden Keith, , SwimSwam, April 8, 2014
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