Kevin Cordón stroked the bronze and made Guatemala vibrate with a memorable performance at Tokyo 2020

Kevin Cordón stroked the bronze and made Guatemala vibrate with a memorable performance at Tokyo 2020

The Guatemalan badminton player lost the bronze medal game to Indonesian Anthony Ginting

TOKYO JAPAN — Kevin Cordon closed his performance in the Tokyo Olympics with a dignified presentation in the fight for the bronze medal against the Indonesian Anthony Ginting, where the score was 2-0 with partials of 21-11 and 21-13 in favor of the Asian athlete to place the bronze medal, while the Guatemalan was in fourth position.

With neither athlete giving up points easily, the game became demanding and highly competitive on Court 1 of Musashino Forest Plaza in Japan, where Kevin Cordon he played a total of six games to end his fourth Olympic event.

At 34 years old, the native of La Unión, Zacapa and better known as’The left handed‘, completed a memorable performance in Jolympic games by becoming the only Latin American to enter the fight for the medals, in addition to placing Guatemala among the seven semi-finalist countries in history, since there were only Indonesia, Korea, Denmark, China, Malaysia and Thailand.

In the first set, the Guatemalan started by winning the first points, however, as the game developed, the Indonesian settled down and handled the plays hitting the net and the shots in a better way, so he came back and ended up winning by 21-11 in 17 minutes.

For the second set Anthony Ginting he kept control of the game and calmly added points in his favor. Cord for his part, he showed the strategy of crossed auctions and was demanding the Indonesian. The point difference was extended by up to eight points in favor of Ginting and ended up winning the second being by 21-13.

From this account, Kevin Cordon fulfills his best performance in the history of the Olympic Games, since in his three previous interventions (Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio de Janeiro 2016), he had not reached the levels reached in Tokyo 2020 with the fight for the bronze medal .

Demanding route

There were a total of six games that he had to play Kevin Cordon during the last week in Tokyo. The path began last Sunday against the Mexican Lino Muñoz, then followed by Ka Long Angus from Hong Kong. They beat them both by a score of 2-0 to be the winner of Group C of the qualifying round.

In the Round of 16, he faced Mark Caljouw of the Netherlands, whom he beat 2-1. In the next key he played against the Korean Kwanghee Heo defeating him to be the first Latin American to reach the semifinals. In this instance he faced the Danish Viktor Axelsen where he lost 2-0 and ended up playing the match for the bronze medal against the Indonesian Anthony Ginting.

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