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Iván Cambar (born December 29, 1983) is a Cuban weightlifter.

Iván Cambar
Personal information
Full nameIván Cambar Rodriguez
Nickname(s)El Cachorro
Born (1983-12-29) December 29, 1983 (age 35)
Granma, Cuba
Height1.63 m (5 ft 4 in) (2012)
Weight77 kg (170 lb) (2012)
Country Cuba
Event(s)-77 kg
Updated on 4 August 2012.

At the 2006 World Championships he ranked 7th in the 77 kg category, with a total of 343 kg.[1]

He won the gold medal for Cuba at the 15th Pan American Games in the 77 kg category on July 17, 2007 with a total lift of 350 kg. He lifted 156 kg in the snatch, beating the previous Pan American Games record. On his record Cambar said; "More than happiness for winning, I'm proud to set up a new Pan American record. It's really a great feeling and an honor to any athlete." [2]

He then went on to lift 194 kg in the clean and jerk to win in Rio de Janeiro. He said of his gold medal "I came to the Pan Am Games as a favorite and, since the beginning, I felt a hard pressure. I knew it would have been a big disappointment in my country if I went back without a medal. Now I can go back home relaxed and I'm proud of my gold medal." [2] José Ocando of Venezuela took silver with a combined lift 13 kg less than Cambar.

A year later in 2008, he competed in Weightlifting at the 2008 Summer Olympics in the 77 kg division finishing sixth with 353 kg.[3] This beat his previous personal best by 10 kg.

He won the bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the men's 77 kg category with a total of 349 kg.

Cambar won the 85 kg silver medals in snatch and clean & jerk during the 2014 Pan American Sports Festival.[4]

He is 5 ft 4 inches tall and weighs 170 lb.


  1. ^ "CAMBAR RODRIGEZ Ivan". International Weightlifting Federation. Archived from the original on 2011-05-27.
  2. ^ a b "Ivan Cambar lifts a gold for Cuba at Pan American Games". People's Daily Online. July 17, 2007. Retrieved August 16, 2008.
  3. ^ "CAMBAR Ivan". International Weightlifting Federation.
  4. ^ "Cuba encabeza halterofilia del Festival Deportivo Panamericano" [Cuba leads the Sports Festival Pan American weightlifting] (in Spanish). Radio Progreso. 2014-07-21. Retrieved 2015-11-24.

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