The 25-year-old pentathlete was in charge of carrying the Guatemalan flag at the Closing ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
TOKYO, JAPAN – After 17 days of intense activity, the Tokyo Olympics have come to an end. The national pentathlete Charles Fernandez, who was the last athlete who had activity, was in charge of carrying the flag of Guatemala during the Closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium.
Unlike the opening ceremony, the number of athletes in all delegations was reduced due to security measures, thus Charles Fernandez He was the representative of the Chapina delegation at the closing of the Olympic event that had 24 national athletes in 10 different sports disciplines.
The flag-bearers designated by the Guatemalan Olympic Committee had been Juan Ignacio Maegli (sailing) and Mirna Ortiz (marching), however, upon early conclusion of their participation in the Olympic Games, they were unable to attend the Closing Ceremony and therefore, Charles Fernandez, the last athlete to compete was the representative.
From this account, Guatemala ended its Olympic presentation where it could not achieve any medal, so the silver medal achieved by Erick Barrondo in London 2012 remains the highest achievement of the sporting event.
#Tokyo challenge Closing Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic Games, at the Olympic Stadium.
– COG (@COGuatemalteco) August 8, 2021
Throughout the Olympics, Guatemala He lived emotional moments with the athletes who were fighting for the medal and made the entire Guatemalan population vibrate thousands of kilometers away.
The badminton player Kevin Cordon He was one of the athletes who will be remembered for reaching the semifinals and fighting for the bronze medal, being the only Latin American in search of the medal. It was the Indonesian Anthony Ginting, who defeated him 2-0, but the Guatemalan won international recognition and in the country.
The swimmer Luis Carlos Martinez He also stood out by qualifying for the final of the 100-meter butterfly and reaching a historic seventh place for Guatemalan and Central American swimming with a time of 51.09.
Luis Grijalva In the 5,000 meters of athletics, he surprised with his debut in the Olympic Games, being among the best 16 athletes in the world when fighting the final. He finished in 12th place with the mark of 13: 10.09, fulfilling his Olympic dream.