Guatemalan badminton player K. Cordón was born on November 28, 1986. He took home gold in the men’s singles competition.
At the Central American and Caribbean Games on no fewer than six separate occasions, and two more times at the Pan American Games (4 in singles and 2 in doubles).
He has represented Guatemala in four Olympic Games: 2008, 2012, 2016, and 2020. K. Cordón ‘s father, an avid supporter of the English football team, named him after the legendary striker Kevin Keegan.
K. Cordón was born in La Unión, Zacapa. Despite the fact that he was the first person in his family to play badminton, he decided to pursue the sport.
Because he believed it would give him the best shot at making it to the Olympics. Badminton was not particularly well-liked in Guatemala when he was growing up.
K. Cordón Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
When discussing badminton’s top nations, one might name China, Denmark, Japan, Indonesia, India, and Malaysia, and not necessarily in that order. Given that Asia would unquestionably be the continent with the most athletes, K. Cordón’s accomplishments at Tokyo 2020 are all the more impressive.
The 34-year-old Guatemalan, competing in his fourth Olympics, has advanced to the semi-finals of the men’s singles tournament. And will next face Viktor Axelsen, who won bronze in Rio in 2016. Even if he were to lose that, K. Cordón would still have a chance to win bronze.
In the preliminary round, he defeated Mexico’s Lino Muoz and Hong Kong, China’s NG Ka-long Angus, the ninth-ranked player in the world, to advance to the round of 16. After beating Mark Caljouw, a shuttler from the Netherlands, after losing his first game in Tokyo, HEO Kwanghee.
A shuttler from the Republic of Korea and the man who defeated world number one MOMOTA Kento, was the next opponent on his path. HEO won in straight games.
Most children in Guatemala play football, but K. Cordón was awarded a scholarship to play badminton in the nation’s capital. As a proud representative of his Central American homeland, he made the decision to take it with an eye toward the Olympics.
K. Cordón football-loving father gave him the name K. Cordón after the great England striker, and the shuttler plays with the same fierce intensity. On Saturday, K. Cordón extended his miraculous run in Tokyo, defeating Heo Kwang-hee of South Korea 21-13, 21-18 to move one win away from securing the country’s first Olympic medal in any sport.