Luis Grijalva: Beneficiary of the DACA program that places Guatemala in an Olympic final

Luis Grijalva: Beneficiary of the DACA program that places Guatemala in an Olympic final

The Guatemalan athlete advanced to the final of the 5,000 meters during his debut at the Tokyo Olympics and will fight for the medal

With just over 48 hours of having settled in the Olympic Village, the Guatemalan runner Luis Miguel Grijalva He found no impediment to fulfill his dream and start the 5,000 meters at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, without imagining that he would cross the finish line with time of 13: 34.11 to settle among the best records and advance to the final to fight for the medal.

At 22 years old, Luis Grijalva makes its debut in the Olympic Games Representing Guatemala, a country that saw him born in the department of Chimaltenango, but when he was one year old, he left for the United States with his family to settle in North American territory in search of a better opportunity.

With only one year old, Luis Grijalva and his family settled in New York. Already in Luis’s adolescence, they moved to California, where the Guatemalan began to show his first qualities as a runner. It was in Armijo High School located in Fairfield, where Luis with the work of the coaches decided to dedicate himself completely to the sport.

After graduating from high school, the University of Arizona He opened the doors to him with a scholarship and continued to develop his sporting career in the 5 and 10,000 meters, which he began at age 14 to the point of becoming an Olympic runner.

It was just over two years ago that Luis Grijalva directly contacts the National Athletics Federation in Guatemala and initiates a special athlete follow-up to support him with his preparation. Finally, it was in an event in Oregon, corresponding to the 2021 NCAA Division Outdoor Track & Field Championship, where he recorded the time of 13: 13.14 in the 5,000 meters, obtaining the qualification for the Olympic Games.

Not only did he get his olympic ticket, too take the national record and yese becomes the best exponent in the category for Guatemala, making him one of the 24 athletes representing the country at Tokyo 2020.

With the Olympic brand, the athlete in conjunction with the Guatemalan Olympic Committee, carries out the management with the lawyer Smith Bobadilla, to request special permission to the beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to be able to leave United States for its immigration status and representing Guatemala in the Olympic event.

It was last July 26 when the own Luis Grijalva He confirmed on his social networks that he had special authorization to travel to the Tokyo Olympics as part of the Guatemalan delegation.

It will be next Friday, August 6 at 6:00 AM (Guatemala time), when Luis Grijalva returns to step on the track of the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo to compete in the final of the 5,000 meters and fight for the medal.

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