The Guatemalan athlete represented Guatemala in the 5,000 meters of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
TOKYO, JAPAN – With a historic debut performance of the Olympic Games, the Guatemalan Luis Grijalva He completed the final of the 5,000 meter dash in 12th place with a time of 13: 10.09, fulfilling his Olympic dream after being a beneficiary of the DACA program to travel to Tokyo and wear the colors of Guatemala.
At the age of 22, the Guatemalan athlete fought among the best 16 exponents of the event, achieving a dignified presentation and filling Guatemala with emotion in this closing of the Olympic event as the the only Central American who agreed to the fight for the medal.
The Tokyo Olympic Stadium was the scene of the competition. In the first few meters, Grijalva tried to position himself in the best places with a good step. As the meters went by, a group of runners took off and took advantage of the rest of the group. Grijalva did not lose the pass and entered the goal improving his own time.
With the record of 13: 10.09, Luis Grijalva set a new national and Central American record, ranking as the best Guatemalan exponent in the distance of 5,000 meters.
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
– COG (@COGuatemalteco) August 6, 2021
At the end of the ring roads to the Tokyo Olympic Stadium track, the gold medal winner was Joshua Cheptegei from Uganda with a time of 12: 58.15; followed by the Canadian Mohammed Ahmed with a record of 12: 58.61 and the American Paul Chelimo timing 12: 59.05, completing the podium in Asian territory.
According to the official report, five long distance runners registered their best mark of the season. This is Paul Chelimo from the United States with a time of 12: 59.05. Nicholas Kimeli from Kenya (12: 59.17), Andrew Butchart from Great Britain (13: 09.97), William Kincaid (13: 17.20) and Dawit Fikadu (13: 20.24).
In this way, the presentation of the athletics discipline for Guatemala is closed and only the intervention of Charles Fernández in the modern pentathlon is expected to conclude the country’s participation in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.