Arley Mendez Perez

Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife Antonieta Galleguillos, son Alexis
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Spanish
Sport Specific Information
Name of coach
Giorgi Panchev [national], BUL
General Interest
Famous relatives
His wife Antonieta Galleguillos has competed in both judo and weightlifting at international level. (diarioelnortino.cl, 31 May 2017; SportsDeskOnline, 29 May 2014)
Other information
NATIONAL FIRST
In 2017 he became the first weightlifter representing Chile to win a medal at the world championships when he claimed all three gold medals in the 85kg category in Anaheim, CA, United States of America. (iwf.net, 04 Dec 2017)

COMPETING FOR CHILE
He previously represented Cuba at junior international level, but defected to Chile after competing at the 2013 Pan American and South American Junior Championships in Santiago. In March 2017 he obtained Chilean citizenship, and took part in his first international competition for his new country at the 2017 Bolivarian Games in Santa Marta, Colombia. He won three gold medals in the 85kg category, but his results were disqualified after a complaint by Venezuela that he did not meet the event's residency requirements to allow him to compete for Chile. (adnradio.cl, 22 Nov 2017; adnradio.cl, 20 Nov 2017; eldeportero.cl, 17 Mar 2017)

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