The Guatemalan became the first badminton player in America to fight for a medal at the Olympic Games
The native of the Union, Zacapa, made history in the Tokyo Olympics being the first badminton player, not European, nor Asian, to be in the first four places in the most important competition of the sport.
Kevin Cordon he broke down barriers and made not only Guatemalans dream but also all of Latin America. On top of that, he earned the admiration and respect of badminton fans, athletes, and the media.
The 34-year-old participated in his fourth Olympic Games after Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020. The latter being his best participation, not only for him, but for a badminton player from America. In addition, he put Guatemala in the privileged place of being the seventh country to reach the semifinals of the summer jousts.
The reactions in social networks did not wait before the performance of the Zacapaneco in the Olympic Games:
Thank you for so much joy that you gave us, for making us feel proud to be Guatemalans, thank you and a thousand thanks, great teacher. 🏸🇬🇹👏👏 pic.twitter.com/tUMwZJvp8F
– Erick Barrondo GT (@ ERICKBARRONDO14) August 2, 2021
Kevin Cordon #GUA
2008: Round of 32
2012: Round of 16
2016: retired due to injury
2020: 4th Place
– Badminton Talk (@BadmintonTalk) August 2, 2021
dear Kevin Cordon, u are already very good at this game and won the hearts of many people pic.twitter.com/t8W6czS4Tu
– ace🏸⁺⁺ (@zerograpity) August 2, 2021
Respect to Kevin Cordon! Badminton lovers really appreciate you Mr. Cordon! We’re realy love to see ur positive vibes and fighting spirit in every match💪 Looking forward to seeing you on BWF World Tour soon!
– C🏸 (@junbin_hi) August 2, 2021
🇯🇵🗼🇬🇹 END OF SLEEP!
Guatemalan athlete Kevin Cordón lost to Anthony Sinisuka with a score of 2-0. Staying one step away from the Olympic medal. # Tokyo2020 #Olympic Games #jjoo pic.twitter.com/3JehvMijcj
– Sports Blackboard (@PDCanalDoce) August 2, 2021
🖐 I saw Kevin Cordón in # Tokyo2020🇬🇹
– The Olympic Games (@juegosolimpicos) August 2, 2021