The Guatemalan athlete set a Central American record on his debut at the Olympic Games
TOKYO, JAPAN – A tremendous smile reflects the satisfaction of Luis Miguel Grijalva at the conclusion of the 5,000-meter athletics event in 12th place in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The Guatemalan, who grew up and resides in the United States, improved his personal best and set a new national and Central American record with a time of 13:10:09.
Grijalva, beneficiary of the DACA program, a measure to protect the deportation of people who had come to the United States as children, I do not delay in expressing his joy at being a participant in the summer jousts by carrying the flag of the country where he was born. “I am very happy to have represented Guatemala and to be the only Central American in the final,” he said in the Tokyo Olympic Stadium.
“The emotion of representing Guatemala grew a lot, it is a privilege that I can represent more than 15 million inhabitants. I feel very happy to be here ”, affirmed the man born in the Capital, of a Jutiapaneco father and Petenera mother.
New national and Central American record for the athlete Luis Grijalva, in the 5,000 meters test,
He was ranked 12th with a time of 13: 10.09 minutes.#PassionForGuatemala #OurMetaLosValores # Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/cWWqzvtJHJ
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Luis Grijalva left a message for his compatriots who, like him, reside in the United States. “I tell them that it can be done. Being in the Olympic Games was a dream since I was a child and now it is a reality, I am here and I am very happy about it ”.
The Guatemalan was very satisfied with his time. “I don’t know how I ran these days, for me it is very special to break the national and Central American record. That is something great and doing it in the Olympic Games is very special “.
Grijalva is 22 years old and, after fulfilling his Olympic dream, he wants more. “My Olympics are over, but I’ll be here in three years. I want to be in Paris 2024 and in Los Angeles, I am 22 years old and I want to run until I am 35, I am very young and I want to continue representing Guatemala ”, he concluded.
– ESPN Guatemala (@ESPN_GT) August 6, 2021