Team Guatemala in Nairobi for the WU20
Glendy Teletor, Bryan Matias and Mariandree Chacon are the three Guatemala athletes that arrived in the country last night ahead of the 2021 World Athletics Under-20 Championships.
The trio were accompanied by coaches Carlos Ortiz, Mario Salomon Pineda and physiotherapist Mario Javier Ruiz.
Teletor and Matias are the race walkers who are coached by 21-year-old Ortiz, a bronze medalist from 2018 World Under-20 Championships in Tampere, Finland.
Chacon is a sprinter who will compete in both 100m and 200m.
“We love race walking since it is the sport most people associate with back at home. We come to Kenya with the intention of doing well in that race,” said Ortiz.
Ruiz said the team received endorsement from the Autonomous Sports Confederation of Guatemala to take part in the biennial event.
“We shall hit the ground running immediately as from tomorrow (Friday) so that the athletes can acclimatize and mantain their form and shape. Our target is to win medals,” said Ruiz.
The Central American country located South of Mexico became the second country to send a delegation to Kenya after Poland whose contingent arrived in two batches on Monday night and Tuesday morning.
Just like the Polish team, team Guatemala was to be booked at Ole Sereni Hotel on Thursday night.
Friday night be a busy day with up to eight nations expected in the country.
They will be led by Canada, France, Algeria, Argentina, Botswana, Czech Republic, Colombia and Dominican Republic.
The global event set for August 17 to 22 will see a total over 100 countries and 1, 462 athletes set to compete behind closed doors at Kasarani as a measure to combat the spread of Coronavirus.