Julia Sánchez

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Julia Sánchez
Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing  Peru
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 1951 Buenos Aires 100 m

Julia Sánchez Deza (28 January 1930 – 19 December 2001) was a Peruvian female track and field sprinter. Her greatest achievement was a gold medal in the 100 metres at the inaugural 1951 Pan American Games, seeing off Jean Patton of the United States. She was one of two Peruvian gold medallists at the games, alongside men's shooter Edwin Vásquez Cam. She remained her country's only female champion until hurdler Edith Noeding matched the feat in 1975.[1]

She was born and died in the capital, Lima. She attended the National Physical Institute at the National University of San Marcos. For her achievements, she was awarded the Laureles Deoprtivos from the state of Peru.[2]

Sánchez won back-to-back 100 m titles at the South American Championships in Athletics in 1949 and 1952.[3] She was also a multiple medallist at the 1948 Extraordinary Championships, held to celebrate 400 years since La Paz's foundation: there she won golds in the 200 metres and long jump, as well as a high jump silver.[4] Her first major international games was also her most successful: at the Bolivarian Games over 1947 and 1948, she was a three-time champion (50 metres, 100 m and 4 × 100 metres relay) and won a further two medals in the long and high jump.[5]

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
1947 Bolivarian Games Lima, Peru 1st 50 m 6.8
1st 100 m 13.3
1st 4 × 100 m relay 52.4
3rd High jump 1.33 m
2nd Long jump 4.76 m
1948 South American Championships La Paz, Bolivia 1st 200 m 26.1A
2nd High jump 1.40 m A
1st Long jump 5.04 m A
1949 South American Championships Lima, Peru 1st 100 m 12.7
1951 Pan American Games Buenos Aires, Argentina 1st 100 m 12.2
1952 South American Championships Buenos Aires, Argentina 1st 100 m 12.2 CR


  1. ^ Pan American Games. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2018-01-13.
  2. ^ Julia Sanchez Deza. Team Peru. Retrieved on 2018-01-13.
  3. ^ South American Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2018-01-13.
  4. ^ South American Championships (unofficial). GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2018-01-13.
  5. ^ Bolivarian Games. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2018-01-13.