For the bronze!  Kevin Cordón keeps the hope of an Olympic medal alive for Guatemala

The Guatemalan badminton player continues to make history at the Tokyo Olympics and will fight for the bronze medal

TOKYO, JAPAN – The Guatemalan badminton player Kevin Cordon live his best presentation in the history of the Olympic Games by qualifying for the bronze medal fight in Tokyo 2020, after playing the semifinal and falling 2-0 against Danish Viktor Axelsen by partials of 21-18 and 21-11 in 40 minutes that the game lasted on court 1 of Musashino Forest, Sport Plaza.

It was an intense match where the Guatemalan and the Danish gave their best effort on the field of play to define the first finalist in Olympic badminton singles.

In the first set, the fight was intense and close point to point. The Dane had been ahead in the first services of the game however, Kevin Cordon He managed to recover and kept the fight against the Dane with his powerful shots and plays stuck to the net. Finally, after 19 minutes of play, Viktor Axelsen won 21-18.

For the second set, the Guatemalan came out to propose his game in the first serves, but the Dane recovered little by little. He managed to equalize the score and went up on the scoreboard, to the extreme that he took up to five points ahead. At the end of 19 minutes, the scoreboard favored for Axelsen who won 21-11.

In this way, the athlete from La Unión, Zacapa, at 34 years old and his fourth appearance in the Olympic Games, seeks to become the second Olympic medalist in Guatemala after the silver medal achieved by Erick Barrondo in the 20-kilometer march in the London 2012 edition.

The route to fight the medal

It has been a very intense week and a lot of pressure for Kevin Cordon in Tokyo 2020. He made his debut last Sunday against the Mexican Lino Muñoz whom he defeated by a score of 2-0 at the start of the Olympic event. In the second game of Group C he defeated Ka Long Angus Hong Kong also 2-0 to get their ticket to the knockout stage.

The rival in the Quarterfinals was Mark caljouw from the Netherlands, where he emerged victorious by a score of 2-1, making history by becoming the first Latin American to advance to the semifinals. It was the korean Kwanghee Heo whom he beat 2-0 to advance and face the Dane Viktor axelsen.

The bronze medal game in the men’s singles category is scheduled for next Monday, August 2 at 5:00 AM (Central American Time).