The 24-year-old Venezuelan weightlifter has put his country on the medal count board after earning the silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Games in the Men’s 73kg weightlifting competition.
It’s Mayora’s first-ever Olympic medal and Venezuela’s first medal at the 2020 Olympics.
Mayora, who celebrated his silver medal with a mortal, after coming in second having lifted 346kg total.
Before participating in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Julio Mayora took part in the 2018 World Weightlifting Championships Men’s 67kg, winning a bronze medal with a 322 kg total.
Mayora’s passion for the sport of halterofilia is evident on his Instagram feed and the day he found out he’s going to Tokyo for the Olympics 2020, he shared an emotional post.
“One of the biggest dreams of an athlete is to attend Olympic Games, in the morning I received such news, I feel grateful for representing Venezuela,” Mayora wrote in Spanish, and today he has become an icon for his country.