Luis Noguera

Luis Alberto Noguera Urquia (born October 12, 1973 in Caracas) is a Venezuelan taekwondo practitioner, who competed in the men's heavyweight category.[1] He retrieved a bronze medal in the 83-kg division at the 1993 World Taekwondo Championships in New York City, New York, United States, clinched the gold at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and represented his nation Venezuela at the 2004 Summer Olympics.[2]

Luis Noguera
Personal information
Full nameLuis Alberto Noguera Urquia
Nationality Venezuela
Born (1973-10-12) 12 October 1973 (age 46)
Caracas, Venezuela
Height1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Weight84 kg (185 lb)
Event(s)+80 kg

Noguera emerged himself on Venezuela's sporting fame at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, where he edged Mexico's Rodrigo Martínez for the gold medal in the men's over-80 kg division.[2][3]

At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Noguera qualified for the Venezuelan squad in the men's heavyweight class (+80 kg), by placing third and granting a berth from the World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Paris, France.[2][4][5] He crashed out early in the opening round by a marginal 5–8 decision to a lanky 6-foot-6 Moroccan fighter Abdelkader Zrouri. Following Zrouri's immediate defeat to Greek crowd favorite Alexandros Nikolaidis in the quarterfinals, Noguera denied his chance to proceed into the repechage bracket for the Olympic bronze medal.[6][7]


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Luis Noguera". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Luis Noguera, héroe de la hazaña panamericana en Winnipeg 99" [Luis Noguera, hero of the Pan American Games in Winnipeg 1999] (in Spanish). Noticias 24 Venezuela. 6 August 2014. Archived from the original on 14 January 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  3. ^ Llorca, Amalia (9 August 1999). "Taekwondo do mostró el nivel más parejo" [Even more had showed the magnitude of taekwondo] (in Spanish). Caracas: El Universal. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Athens 2004: Taekwondo – Men's Entry List by NOC" (PDF). Athens 2004. LA84 Foundation. pp. 2–4. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  5. ^ Rodríguez, Lorenzo (31 January 2004). "El sorteo favorece a los cuatro mexicanos" [A draw has favored on four Mexicans] (in Spanish). Querétaro: La Crónica de Hoy. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Taekwondo – Men's Heavyweight (+80kg/+176lbs) Round of 16". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 12 August 2004. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  7. ^ "Adriana Carmona ratificó condición de medallista" [Adriana Carmona ratifies her condition to be a medalist] (in Spanish). Caracas: El Universal. 30 August 2004. Retrieved 14 January 2015.

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