Mata Perez, Andres Eduardo

NOC Spain   
GenderMen
Born11 Nov 1992 in Valencia, VEN
Height1.74 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Madrid, ESP
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport? "I got involved in the sport through my cousins, who were recruited by a weightlifting coach. My parents separated numerous times and I was having trouble at school. Weightlifting helped me disconnect from that. At the beginning I wasn't good at all, but the sport helped me deal with my family problems."
General Interest
Hero / Idol Spanish kayaker Saul Craviotto, Spanish badminton player Carolina Marin, Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal. (halterofilia.net, 09 Feb 2020)
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He took up weightlifting at age 13.
General Interest
Hobbies Playing video games, watching videos. (fedehalter.org Facebook page, 20 Mar 2019; fedehalter.org, 01 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement Competing at the Olympic Games in 2012 and 2016, and winning silver in the 81kg snatch lift at the 2019 European Championships in Batumi, Georgia. (halterofilia.net, 09 Feb 2020; fedehalter.org Facebook page, 10 Apr 2019)
Sport Specific Information
Name of coach Matias Fernandez [national], ESP
Further Personal Information
Occupation Athlete
General Interest
Other information COMBINING STUDIES AND SPORT
He has studied computer engineering at university. Despite finding it hard to combine sports and studies, he considers it essential for his success. "It is difficult to give 100% in both aspects, but I change the focus depending on how I feel, sometimes I concentrate more on the studies and sometimes I am more centred in sports. That balance helps me mentally to know that I can always give my best in some aspect of life." (fedehalter.org Facebook page, 20 Mar 2019)

FROM VENEZUELA TO SPAIN
He was born in Venezuela, but grew up in San Cristobal de La Laguna, Spain. (coe.es, 12 Apr 2013; laopinion.es, 31 Jul 2012)
Awards and honours He was named the 2014 Best Male Weightlifter by the Spanish Weightlifting Federation. (vlcnoticias.com, 06 Jun 2015)
Further Personal Information
Languages Spanish
General Interest
Injuries In September 2020 he had surgery on his left knee due to problems with his quadriceps tendon. It was the second surgery on the knee that year, after he underwent an operation in May due to calcification, which had impacted his performance in training. (Instagram profile, 18 Sep 2020; eldia.es, 31 May 2020)

In 2013 he underwent knee surgery. (eldia.es, 26 Jun 2016; vavel.com, 15 Jun 2016)
Ambitions To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (elnacional.com, 07 Mar 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto "This sport is very hard but it teaches you a lot of things about how to deal with life's problems. To improve, you need to be consistent and work at being self-critical in order to find your weaknesses. All of this is applicable to life." (halterofilia.net, 09 Feb 2020; sextoanillo.com, 28 Nov 2016)
Sport Specific Information
Training Regime He trains six days a week, including double training sessions on three days.

Major Results
Year Rank Event Venue
Olympic Games
2020 8 81kg   Tokyo
2016 7 77kg   Rio de Janeiro
2012 6 77kg   London
World Championships
2022   81kg   BogotŠ
2022   81kg - Snatch   BogotŠ
2022 8 81kg - Clean & Jerk   BogotŠ
2021 10 81kg   Tashkent
2021 12 81kg - Snatch   Tashkent
2021 10 81kg - Clean & Jerk   Tashkent
2019 7 81kg   Pattaya
2019 9 81kg - Snatch   Pattaya
2019 10 81kg - Clean & Jerk   Pattaya
2018 10 81kg   Ashgabat
2018 12 81kg - Snatch   Ashgabat
2018 8 81kg - Clean & Jerk   Ashgabat
2017 5 77kg   Anaheim, CA
2017 6 77kg - Snatch   Anaheim, CA
2017 7 77kg - Clean & Jerk   Anaheim, CA
2015 22 77kg   Houston, TX
2015 29 77kg - Snatch   Houston, TX
2015 15 77kg - Clean & Jerk   Houston, TX
2014 12 77kg   Almaty
2014 13 77kg - Snatch   Almaty
2014 13 77kg - Clean & Jerk   Almaty
2013 16 85kg   Wroclaw
2013 21 85kg - Snatch   Wroclaw
2013 12 85kg - Clean & Jerk   Wroclaw
2011 23 77kg   Paris
2011 28 77kg - Snatch   Paris
2011 23 77kg - Clean & Jerk   Paris
European Championships
2022 2 81kg   Tirana
2022 1 81kg - Snatch   Tirana
2022 3 81kg - Clean & Jerk   Tirana
2021 7 81kg   Moscow
2021 4 81kg - Snatch   Moscow
2021 6 81kg - Clean & Jerk   Moscow
2019 5 81kg   Batumi
2019 2 81kg - Snatch   Batumi
2019 9 81kg - Clean & Jerk   Batumi
2018 3 77kg   Bucharest
2018 2 77kg - Snatch   Bucharest
2018 3 77kg - Clean & Jerk   Bucharest
2017 7 77kg   Split
2017 9 77kg - Snatch   Split
2017 5 77kg - Clean & Jerk   Split
2016 7 77kg   FÝrde
2016 7 77kg - Snatch   FÝrde
2016 6 77kg - Clean & Jerk   FÝrde
2015 9 77kg   Tbilisi
2015 13 77kg - Snatch   Tbilisi
2015 5 77kg - Clean & Jerk   Tbilisi
2013 8 85kg   Tirana
2013 9 85kg - Snatch   Tirana
2013 5 85kg - Clean & Jerk   Tirana
2012 11 77kg   Antalya
2012 13 77kg - Snatch   Antalya
2012 8 77kg - Clean & Jerk   Antalya
European Junior & Under 23 Championships
2015 2 77kg   Klaipeda
2015 3 77kg - Snatch   Klaipeda
2015 1 77kg - Clean & Jerk   Klaipeda
2014 1 77kg   Limassol
2014 3 77kg - Snatch   Limassol
2014 1 77kg - Clean & Jerk   Limassol
2013 4 85kg   Tallinn
2013 4 85kg - Snatch   Tallinn
2013 4 85kg - Clean & Jerk   Tallinn
2012 3 77kg   Eilat
2012 7 77kg - Snatch   Eilat
2012 2 77kg - Clean & Jerk   Eilat
2011 3 77kg   Bucharest
2011 4 77kg - Snatch   Bucharest
2011 2 77kg - Clean & Jerk   Bucharest
European Youth Championships
2009 6 69kg   Eilat
2009 9 69kg - Snatch   Eilat
2009 5 69kg - Clean & Jerk   Eilat
2008 13 62kg   Amiens
2008 15 62kg - Snatch   Amiens
2008 11 62kg - Clean & Jerk   Amiens