Colombia made its first Summer Olympic appearance in 1932 and has competed ever since, with the exception of 1952. Recently Colombia has been sending a larger team to the Olympics going from around 50 to over 100 athletes at the last two games. The nation competes in various sports including, athletics, cycling, weightlifting and in combat sports.

Colombia won its first medal at the 1972 Olympics and has won a total of 27 medals across 8 sports. Their most successful sports are cycling and weightlifting with six medals won in each. Six athletes have won multiple medals. BMX cyclist Mariana Pajon won two golds in women’s BMX race in 2012 and 2016. Also winning medals in 2012 and 2016 are triple jumper Caterine Ibarguen (gold and silver) in women’s triple jump, weightlifter Oscar Figueroa (gold and silver) in men’s -62kg and judoka Yuri Alvear (silver and bronze) in women’s -70kg. Wrestler Jackeline Renteria won two bronzes in women’s freestyle -55kg during the 2008 and 2012 games while sport shooter Helmut Bellingrodt had to wait 12 years to earn his two silver medals (in 1972 and 1984) in the men’s 50m running target. In 2016 Colombia won eight medals, equalling their record set in 2012.

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