José Barrondo, José Ortiz and José Calel represented the country at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
TOKYO, JAPAN – Como Erick Bernabé Barrondo there is no, Guatemala will have to wait one more edition to see a Guatemalan consecrate himself in the 20 kilometers of the athletic march of the Olympic Games, a test in which Erick achieved the historic silver medal in the edition of London 2012.
For Tokyo 2020, Guatemala presented three young exponents. José Alejandro Barrondo, José Ortiz and José Calel they made their debut in the highest competition of the Olympics and enjoyed a great experience, although they could not get among the first places. Of course, the medal expectation remains intact when waiting for the men’s 50-kilometer and women’s 20-kilometer tests.
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The best Guatemalan in the 20-kilometer circuit of the Sapporo Odori Park Oswaldo Calel, 22, was osé, having finished in 30th place with a time of 1 hour 26 minutes and 55 seconds, more than 5 minutes from first place.
Meanwhile, José Ortiz finished in position 40 with a time of 1:28:57. José Alejandro Barrondo did not have the same fate and was disqualified for loss of contact (floating).
🇬🇹 José Calel finishes in the thirty position and José Ortíz in the forty place in the men’s final of the 20 Kilometers athletic walk. # Tokyo2020
* José Alejandro Barrondo was left out of the competition after kilometer eight, after accumulating three cautions. pic.twitter.com/2kMNECMTNI
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The Italian Massimo stano the gold medal was hung when finishing the competition in the first place with a time of 1 hour, 21 minutes and 05 seconds. The Japanese Koki Ikeda (silver) and Toshikazu Yamanishi (bronze), completed the podium.
Guatemala will see action again at the Tokyo 2020 athletic march later, when Erick Barrondo, Uriel Barrondo and Luis Ángel Sánchez Hit the asphalt to compete in the 50-kilometer event.
Women will do the same on Friday, at dawn with Mirna ortiz Y Mayra Herrera.