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SANDOVAL AFANADOR Javier
Colombia
COL
Title
Mr
Lastname
SANDOVAL AFANADOR
Firstname
Javier
Gender
male
Country
Colombia
Place of birth
Bucaramanga
Year of birth
1993 (29 y.o.)
Discipline(s)
Men's Artistic Gymnastics
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Occupation
Athlete, Business Owner, Coach
Education
Physical Education - University of Pamplona, Colombia
Spoken languages
Spanish
Club
Norte de Santander Department [COL] / Cypress Academy [USA] [Colombia]
Coach
Jairo Ruiz Casas [national], COL; Tom Meadows [personal], USA
Sporting relatives
His sister Marcela represented Colombia in artistic gymnastics at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. (SportsDeskOnline, 13 Oct 2018; laopinion.com.co, 02 Jul 2016)
Injuries
In 2016 he sustained a shoulder injury and tore a tendon in his biceps. He required surgery and was unable to compete for two years. (laopinion.com, 30 May 2018, 10 Mar 2018; Fisiogym Facebook page, 28 Nov 2017)
Start sporting career
He took up the sport at age seven in Bucaramanga, Colombia. (contraluzcucuta.co, 05 Aug 2018; laopinion.com.co, 02 Jul 2016)
Reason for taking up the sport
His parents wanted him to stay busy by getting involved in sport, music, or singing. "[I like gymnastics because of] the adrenaline, and the fact I can do things with my body that no one else is capable of doing. I like to feel strong and agile." (contraluzcucuta.co, 05 Aug 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. (laopinion.com.co, 09 Jul 2021)
Most memorable sporting achievement
Winning three individual medals at the 2021 Pan American Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (laopinion.com.co, 09 Jul 2021)
Most influential person in career
His parents, and coach Jairo Ruiz Casas. (contraluzcucuta.co, 05 Aug 2018)
Rituals
He prays before and after every competition. (contraluzcucuta.co, 05 Aug 2018)
Additional information
General
EARLY DAYS
His father relocated the family from Bucaramanga to Cucuta in Colombia so that Javier and his sister Marcela would have the chance to pursue a career in gymnastics. "My father wanted me and my sister to become members of the Colombian national team. He wanted us to have a different future. He sold the house he had in Bucaramanga and he paid for our gymnastics lessons." (contraluzcucuta.co, 05 Aug 2018; laopinion.com.co, 02 Jul 2016)

MOVE TO THE UNITED STATES
In 2018 he relocated to the United States of America to start training alongside coach Tom Meadows at the Cypress Academy in Texas. (sandovalgymnastics.com, 01 Sep 2021)

GYMNASTICS SCHOOLS
He and his sister Marcela opened a gymnastics school in Cucuta, Colombia. In 2021 he launched a training camp project named 'Sandoval Gymnastics' in Deer Park, TX, United States of America. (Instagram profile, 03 Sep 2021; sandovalgymnastics.com, 01 Sep 2021; laopinion.com.co, 09 Jul 2021)

FURTHER EDUCATION
He has a degree in sports coaching from the Technological Units Santander University in Bucaramanga, Colombia. (Facebook profile, 15 Sep 2021)

Last update : 2021-09-30

World Championships

2021 - 50th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships KITAKYUSHU (JPN)

Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
41
Score Qualif.
13.133
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
47
Score Qualif.
12.666

2014 - 45th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships NANNING (CHN)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
158
Score Qualif.
71.165 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
251
Score Qualif.
4.933
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
113
Score Qualif.
13.333
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
132
Score Qualif.
13.700
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
65
Score Qualif.
14.300
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
244
Score Qualif.
10.633
Team
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
17
Score Qualif.
336.058

2011 - 43rd FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships TOKYO (JPN)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
87
Score Qualif.
81.230 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
193
Score Qualif.
12.566
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
142
Score Qualif.
12.666
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
138
Score Qualif.
13.233
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
52
Score Qualif.
14.466
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
123
Score Qualif.
12.933
Team
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
23
Score Qualif.
331.659

2009 - 41st FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships LONDON (GBR)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
75
Score Qualif.
63.350 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
130
Score Qualif.
11.600
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
80
Score Qualif.
12.575
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
106
Score Qualif.
12.250
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
94
Score Qualif.
12.450
Continental Championships

2021 - 2021 Senior Pan American Championships RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA)

All-Around
Rank Final
5
Score Final
80.750 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
2
Score Final
13.000
Rank Qualif.
7
Score Qualif.
13.050
Still Rings
Rank Final
6
Score Final
13.400
Rank Qualif.
8
Score Qualif.
13.450
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
2
Score Final
14.500
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
14.200
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
1
Score Final
13.900
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
13.850

2018 - 2018 Senior Pan American Championships LIMA (PER)

All-Around
Rank Final
59
Score Final
54.166 
Rank Qualif.
59
Score Qualif.
54.166 
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
4
Score Final
13.433
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
13.433
Still Rings
Rank Final
18
Score Final
13.133
Rank Qualif.
18
Score Qualif.
13.133
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
5
Score Final
14.167
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
14.167
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
9
Score Final
13.433
Rank Qualif.
9
Score Qualif.
13.433
World / Challenge Cup

2016 - World Challenge Cup 2016 ANADIA (POR)

Pommel Horse
Rank Final
5
Score Final
14.150
Rank Qualif.
8
Score Qualif.
14.400
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
9
Score Qualif.
15.200
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
27
Score Qualif.
11.150

2016 - World Challenge Cup 2016 SAO PAULO (BRA)

Pommel Horse
Rank Final
4
Score Final
14.550
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
13.400
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
2
Score Final
15.100
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
15.400
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
8
Score Final
12.650
Rank Qualif.
7
Score Qualif.
14.250
Test Events Olympic Games

2016 - Aquece Rio Final Gymnastics Qualifier (Test Event) RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
34
Score Qualif.
84.115 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
75
Score Qualif.
13.400
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
31
Score Qualif.
14.066
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
53
Score Qualif.
13.866
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
23
Score Qualif.
14.800
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
30
Score Qualif.
13.950