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BENITEZ Alejandra
NOC Venezuela   
GenderWomen
Born 07 Jul 1980 in Caracas, VEN
Height1.69 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Caracas, VEN
Occupation Athlete, Dentist
Languages English, French, Italian, Spanish
Higher education Dentistry - Central University of Venezuela: Caracas, VEN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began fencing at age 15.
Why this sport? Her aunt took her to the training hall at the Central University of Venezuela, where she met coach Ildemaro Sanchez. "I was so excited because the Venezuelan national team trained there. That was my inspiration."
Name of coach Christian Bauer [personal], FRA; Luis Salazar [personal]
Handedness Right
General Interest
Nicknames Ale (Facebook profile, 11 Jun 2018)
Injuries She sustained an injury to her shin in 2017. (contrapunto.com, 08 Oct 2017)

In July 2015 she sustained a stress fracture to her shin bone. She competed with the injury at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada, where she won silver in individual sabre and bronze in team sabre. (SportsDeskOnline, 29 Mar 2016; eluniversal.com, 22 Jul 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Any sport generates discipline and values like solidarity and fellowship. But for a child, fencing is important because it also helps with reasoning, concentration, and strategy." (alejandrabenitez.com, 06 Dec 2016)
Ambitions She aspires to work as a fencing coach and own a sports club. (raldahir.com, 15 Mar 2018)
Other information RUSSIAN TRAINING
Since 2016 she has undergone regular training camps in Moscow, Russian Federation. "I am here for the sport. I train with the Russian national team and they have a very high level of training. It is difficult because of the weather and distance, but this is the best place to train." (sputniknews.om, 07 Dec 2016; contrapunto.com, 08 Oct 2017; raldahir.com, 15 Mar 2018)

POLITICAL CAREER
She has been involved in Venezuelan politics from a young age, and was a member of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela's youth party. In 2010 she served as a deputy of the national assembly for the capital Caracas, and in 2013 she was appointed minister of sport under president Nicolas Maduro. "When I decided to take on my political career, I made sacrifices and left many things aside, but I never lost my focus [for sport]. I will always be Alejandra Benítez the Olympic athlete, and afterwards I am a dentist and then a politician." (alejandrabenitez.com, 2016; sputniknews.com, 07 Dec 2016; contrapunto.com, 08 Oct 2017)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
She has founded the BenitezVEN foundation, which aims to promote fencing and physical activity among children in Venezuela. "My first home was in the favelas of Caracas, and my work in Venezuela is based right there. For me it is neither dangerous nor complicated. My foundation promotes our sport by organising fencing exhibitions for the children. We set up a piste and allow them to play. We also bring clothes and food. Sport is always good for children. I want to help them realise all the good things that fencing can bring them." (fie.org, 03 Aug 2016; ciudadmcy.info.ve, 29 Feb 2016; liderendeportes.com, 10 Jan 2016; liderendeportes.com, 22 Apr 2013; raldahir.com, 15 Mar 2018)

Major Results
Year Rank Event Venue
Pan American Championships
2018 3 Team Sabre Havana, Cuba
2018 Quarterfinal Individual Sabre Havana, Cuba
2017 3 Team Sabre Montreal, Canada
2017 Quarterfinal Individual Sabre Montreal, Canada
2016 4 Team Sabre Panama, Panama
2016 7 Individual Sabre Panama, Panama
2015 3 Team Sabre Santiago, Chile
2015 8 Individual Sabre Santiago, Chile
2014 6 Individual Sabre San José, Costa Rica
2013 3 Individual Sabre Cartagena, Colombia
2012 7 Individual Sabre Cancún, Mexico
2011 6 Individual Sabre Reno, NV, United States
2010 6 Individual Sabre ,
2009 7 Individual Sabre San Salvador, El Salvador
2008 2 Team Sabre Querétaro, Mexico
2008 3 Individual Sabre Queretaro, Mexico
2006 3 Individual Sabre Valencia, Venezuela