Luis Grijalva does not hide his emotion at being a finalist: “I hope good things for the future”


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Luis Grijalva does not hide his emotion at being a finalist: "I hope good things for the future"

The 22-year-old Guatemalan athlete competes for the first time in the Olympic Games and will compete in the final of the 5,000 meters

TOKYO, JAPAN – A dream debut in Olympic Games the Guatemalan athlete is having Luis Grijalva by ranking among the best 16 runners in the world in the 5,000 meters, advancing to the final to fight for the medals in Tokyo 2020 and placing Guatemala among the powers of athletics.

With time of 13: 34.11, Luis Grijalva He completed the elimination heat number 2 of the five thousand meters in the tenth position on the track of the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. He obtained his ticket to the final by registering one of the best five times after the first five athletes of each tie, according to the Guatemalan Olympic Committee.

I feel very happy qualifying for the final. The race was very tough, there was a lot of physical wear and tear. With 22 years it is my first Olympic Games and for Guatemala it is very important”Were the first impressions of Luis Grijalva after learning about the possibility of fighting for the Olympic medal.

The athlete was born in Guatemala, however, from a very young age he migrated to the United States with his family, for which he has developed his entire sports career in North American territory. In fact, it is part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, for which it had to obtain a special authorization to travel to Tokyo and represent Guatemala.

It is very important to represent Guatemala. I am 22 years old and the country can do good things for the future. Yes, you can Guatemala, if I’m doing great things right now, everyone can do it”Added Grijalva, who will return to the track next Friday, August 6 at 6:00 AM (Guatemala time).

Grijalva recalled that it was at the age of 14 that he began to perform athletics at High Schoool and then entered the University of Arizona to stay in competition and now in Tokyo 2020 he is fulfilling his dream of representing Guatemala in the maximum sporting event.

“I am an immigrant from the United States and I have been there since I was one year old and I am not yet a citizen. It is important that an immigrant like me do good things for America. At the age of 22, I have come to learn at these first Olympic Games ”, concluded Grijalva.


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