Guatemalan athletes who have obtained an Olympic diploma in history


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Guatemalan athletes who have obtained an Olympic diploma in history

Kevin Cordón and Luis Carlos Martínez receive the Olympic diploma for their fourth and seventh place in Tokyo 2020

GUATEMALA CITY – The Olympic Diploma is a paper certificate that is awarded to the first eight classified in the different competitions during the Olympic Games. This began in 1949 when it was established that the diploma would be awarded to the fourth, fifth and sixth place, expanding in 1980 to the seventh and eighth place.

ESPN Digital presents a review of the different Olympic diplomas obtained by Guatemalan athletes throughout the history of the Olympic Games, Kevin Cordon Y Luis Carlos Martinez joined in this recent edition of Tokyo 2020:

Kevin Cordón – Tokyo 2020

The badminton player originally from La Unión, Zacapa, was the most outstanding Guatemalan athlete in the Olympic jousts held in the Asian country, surprising locals and strangers, qualified for the semifinals of the individual badminton category, fell in his last duels and remained in the fourth position obtaining his Olympic diploma.

Luis Carlos Martínez – Tokyo 2020

The Chapin swimmer made history by finishing seventh in the 100-meter butterfly event, being the only Latin American classified in the final and the first Central American man to compete in that instance.

Juan Ignacio Maegli – Rio 2016

The Guatemalan athlete obtained his Olympic diploma by finishing in eighth position in the standard sailing laser class at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. After 6 days and 11 regattas, he obtained this position that left him with the best performance of the contingent Guatemalan in said jousts.

Erick Barrondo – London 2012

The only Olympic medal for Guatemala came in the 20-kilometer march in London. The athlete originally from Alta Verapaz achieved what no one had ever achieved for Guatemalan sport, hanging the silver medal and therefore obtaining the Olympic diploma.

Elizabeth Zamora – London 2012

The Guatemalan made an extraordinary participation by being in fifth position in taekwondo in the -49 kilograms category during the Olympic jousts held in London, they were the only Olympic Games she attended.

Heidy Juárez – Athens 2004

Juárez won the first gold medal at the Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada and for the 2004 Athens Olympics he was fourth in taekwondo in the -67kg category.

Gabriel Sagastume – Athens 2004

He is one of the most outstanding athletes in taekwondo, winning medals in different competitions of the Olympic cycle and achieving a historic fifth place in the Olympic Games in Athens.

Carlos Mota Taracena – Los Angeles 1984

The boxer came close to obtaining the first Olympic medal for Guatemala at that time, as he obtained fifth place in the light flyweight category in Boxing, this after losing against Venezuelan José Marcelino Bolívar in a controversial decision by the judges.

Oswaldo Méndez Herbruger – Moscow 1980

He was the first Guatemalan to obtain an Olympic diploma by finishing fourth in the show jumping event in horsemanship. The chapin rider was tied with Joaquín Pérez de las Heras for the bronze medal, but Oswaldo had 36 hundredths of a second to go to win the medal.


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