Guatemala at the 2016 Summer Olympics

Guatemala at the
2016 Summer Olympics
IOC code GUA
NOC Guatemalan Olympic Committee
Website (Spanish)
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors 21 in 10 sports
Flag bearer Ana Sofía Gómez[1]
Gold Silver Bronze Total
0 0 0 0
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Guatemala competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. This was the nation's fourteenth appearance at the Summer Olympics since its debut in 1952, despite failing to register any athletes in three other editions (1956 to 1964).

Guatemalan Olympic Committee (Spanish: Comité Olímpico Guatemalteco) confirmed a team of 21 athletes, 15 men and 6 women, to compete in 10 sports. It was the nation's largest delegation sent to the Olympics since 1996, surpassing the record of 19 athletes set in London 2012.[2]

Among the Guatemalan athletes, two of them returned for their third consecutive appearance in Rio de Janeiro: badminton player Kevin Cordón and Laser sailor Juan Ignacio Maegli. Other notable athletes also featured siblings Enrique and Hebert Brol in double trap shooting, long-distance freestyle swimmer Valerie Gruest, the youngest of the team (aged 17), and race walker Erick Barrondo, who emerged as the nation's first Olympic medalist in 2012. The most successful athlete of the Games, Barrondo was originally selected to carry the Guatemalan flag, but decided to focus on his training instead for the competition.[3] Artistic gymnast and Youth Olympian Ana Sofía Gómez took Barrondo's spot at the last minute to lead the team in the opening ceremony, the second female in history since swimmer Gisela Morales did so in 2004.[1]

Unlike the previous Games, Guatemala left Rio de Janeiro without a single Olympic medal. Among the Guatemalans competing at these Games, only Maegli improved upon his ninth-place feat from London 2012 to produce the best result for the team, finishing eighth in Laser sailing.[4]

Athletics (track and field)

Guatemalan athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event):[5][6][7]

  • Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
  • Q = Qualified for the next round
  • q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
  • NR = National record
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round
Athlete Event Final
Result Rank
Erick Barrondo 20 km walk 1:27:01 50
Mario Bran 50 km walk 4:15:14 40
José Amado García Marathon 2:30:11 118
Jaime Quiyuch 50 km walk DSQ
José Raymundo 20 km walk 1:29:07 56
Juan Carlos Trujillo Marathon 2:20:24 67
Athlete Event Final
Result Rank
Mayra Carolina Herrera 20 km walk DSQ
Mirna Ortiz 1:35:11 30
Maritza Poncio 1:40:09 52


Guatemala has qualified one badminton player for the men's singles into the Olympic tournament. Remarkably going to his third Olympics, three-time Pan American Games champion Kevin Cordón had claimed his Olympic spot as one of top 34 individual shuttlers in the BWF World Rankings as of 5 May 2016.[8]

Athlete Event Group Stage Elimination Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Rank Opposition
Kevin Cordón Men's singles  Chen L (CHN)
 Dziółko (POL)
L (21–18, 10–21, 13–21)
 Karunaratne (SRI)
4 Did not advance



Guatemala has qualified one rider in the men's Olympic road race by virtue of his top 20 individual ranking in the 2015 UCI America Tour.[9]

Athlete Event Time Rank
Manuel Rodas Men's road race Did not finish



Guatemala has entered one artistic gymnast into the Olympic competition. Ana Sofía Gómez had claimed her Olympic spot in the women's apparatus and all-around events at the Olympic Test Event in Rio de Janeiro.[10]

Athlete Event Qualification Final
Apparatus Total Rank Apparatus Total Rank
Ana Sofía Gómez All-around 14.766 13.766 13.400 12.900 54.832 32 Did not advance


Guatemala has qualified one judoka for the men's extra-lightweight category (60 kg) at the Games. José Ramos earned a continental quota spot from the Pan American region as Guatemala's top-ranked judoka outside of direct qualifying position in the IJF World Ranking List of May 30, 2016.[11][12]

Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
José Ramos Men's −60 kg  Tsogtbaatar (MGL)
L 000–100
Did not advance

Modern pentathlon

Guatemalan athletes have qualified for the following spots to compete in modern pentathlon. Charles Fernández and Isabel Brand secured a selection each in the men's and women's event respectively after obtaining one of the five Olympic slots from the Pan American Games.[13]

Athlete Event Fencing
(épée one touch)
(200 m freestyle)
(show jumping)
Combined: shooting/running
(10 m air pistol)/(3200 m)
Total points Final rank
RR BR Rank MP points Time Rank MP points Penalties Rank MP points Time Rank MP Points
Charles Fernández Men's 19–16 0 16 214 2:03.18 14 331 29 27 271 11:21.49 11 619 1435 15
Isabel Brand Women's 14–21 0 31 184 2:22.57 34 273 7 8 293 12:54.11 13 526 1276 21


Guatemalan sailors have qualified one boat in the men's Laser class by claiming an Olympic berth at the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships.[14][15]

Athlete Event Race Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 M*
Juan Ignacio Maegli Laser 18 14 3 7 16 25 18 17 3 7 14 117 8

M = Medal race; EL = Eliminated – did not advance into the medal race


Guatemalan shooters have achieved quota places for the following events as a result of their best finish at the 2015 ISSF World Cup series and at the 2015 Pan American Games, as long as they obtained a minimum qualifying score (MQS) by March 31, 2016.[16]

Athlete Event Qualification Semifinal Final
Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank
Enrique Brol Men's double trap 133 10 Did not advance
Hebert Brol 116 20 Did not advance

Qualification Legend: Q = Qualify for the next round; q = Qualify for the bronze medal (shotgun)


Guatemalan swimmers have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following events (up to a maximum of 2 swimmers in each event at the Olympic Qualifying Time (OQT), and potentially 1 at the Olympic Selection Time (OST)):[17][18]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Luis Martínez Men's 100 m butterfly 52.22 19 Did not advance
Valerie Gruest Women's 400 m freestyle 4:19.58 29 N/A Did not advance
Women's 800 m freestyle 8:39.80 22 N/A Did not advance


Guatemala has received an unused quota place from IWF to send a male weightlifter to the Olympics.[19][20]

Athlete Event Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank
Edgar Pineda Men's −56 kg 108 15 143 10 251 10

See also


  1. 1 2 "¡Oficial! Ana Sofía Gómez ocupará el lugar de Erick Barrondo" [Official: Ana Sofía Gómez occupies the place for Erick Barrondo] (in Spanish). 29 July 2016.
  2. "Atletas guatemaltecos clasificados a los Juegos Olímpicos Rio 2016" [Guatemalan athletes qualified for the Rio Olympics] (in Spanish). El País de los Jóvenes. 25 June 2016. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  3. "Gimnasta Ana Sofía Gómez portará la bandera de Guatemala en la inauguración" [Gymnast Ana Sofía Gómez will be Guatemala's flag bearer in the opening] (in Spanish). Colombia: W Radio. 5 August 2016. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  4. "Maegli concluye su participación en el octavo puesto" [Maegli ends his participation in eighth place] (in Spanish). La Hora. 16 August 2016. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  5. " – Top Lists". IAAF. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  6. "IAAF Games of the XXX Olympiad – Rio 2016 Entry Standards" (PDF). IAAF. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  7. "Guatemala asegura su plaza 15 para los Juegos Olímpicos de Río 2016" [Guatemala secures 15 places for the 2016 Rio Olympics] (in Spanish). Soy 502. 1 January 2016. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  8. Sukumar, Dev (5 May 2016). "Provisional List of Olympic Qualifiers Published". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  9. "UCI announces men's road Olympic quotas". 18 January 2016. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  10. "Rio 2016 Olympic qualifiers in Women's Artistic Gymnastics: See the updated list!". FIG. 17 April 2016. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  11. "IJF Officially Announces Qualified Athletes for Rio 2016 Olympic Games". International Judo Federation. 23 June 2016. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  12. "Judo: José Ramos obtiene su boleto a Río 2016" [Judo: José Ramos obtains his ticket to Rio 2016] (in Spanish). Emisoras Unidas. 4 June 2016. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  13. "Pentathlete Nathan Schrimsher Is First Athlete To Qualify For 2016 U.S. Olympic Team". Team USA. 19 July 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  14. "Rio 2016 Olympic Laser Spots Snapped Up At Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds". ISAF. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
  15. Reasoner, Luke (8 July 2015). "College of Charleston sailors Peschiera, Maegli qualify for 2016 Summer Olympics". The Post and Courier. Retrieved 16 September 2015.
  16. "Quota Places by Nation and Number". ISSF. 30 May 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  17. "Swimming World Rankings". FINA. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  18. "Rio 2016 – FINA Swimming Qualification System" (PDF). Rio 2016. FINA. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  19. "Second day of the IWF Executive Board meeting in Tbilisi". International Weightlifting Federation. 23 June 2016. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  20. "Rio 2016 Weightlifting – List of Athletes by Bodyweight Category" (pdf). International Weightlifting Federation. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
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