Roberto Urrutia

Roberto Antonio Urrutia Herdez[a] (born December 7, 1957, in Cuba), known as Tony Urrutia, was an Olympic weightlifter.[1] He later defected to, and competed for, the United States.[2][3]

Weightlifting achievementsEdit

  • Senior world champion (1977–1979).[4]
  • Olympic team member (Cuban Team 1976; U.S.A. Team 1988 and 1992).
  • Pan Am Games champion (1975 and 1979).
  • Silver medalist in Pan Am Games (1987).
  • Senior national champion (1987–1989, 1991, and 1992).
  • Set five world records during career.
  • All-time senior American record holder in clean and jerk and total.


  1. ^ This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Urrutia and the second or maternal family name is Herdez.


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Tony Urrutia". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  2. ^ Wilbon, Michael (1987-08-12). "Defector Urrutia Earns a Bronze In Weightlifting". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2012-10-22. Retrieved 2008-12-15.
  3. ^ Neff, Craig (1987-08-24). "'what Times, Silvia!'". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2008-12-15.
  4. ^ "Roberto Urrutia". Lift Up. Retrieved 2010-05-07.

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