Sports in Guatemala – Birthplace of Mateo Flores!

Road to London 2012!

A National Hero

Did you know- Like Miguel Angel Asturias (1967 Nobel Prize for Literature) and Rigoberta Menchú (1992 Nobel Prize in Peace), Mateo Flores is one of the national heroes of Guatemala, a Spanish-speaking nation. On April 19, 1952, Mr Floresmade international headlines when he, a worker, won the Boston Marathon (with a time of 2hrs, 31 min., and 53 sec.), ahead of his compatriot Luis Velasquez and Victor Dyrgall of New York. Six years ago, Mr Flores, whose real name was Doroteo Guamuch Flores, earned a gold medal in the men’s 10,000m at the 1946 Central American and Caribbean Games in the Colombian city of Barranquilla. Later on, by 1954, he won a gold medal in the men’s 5, 000m in the Caribbean Games in Mexico City. The following year, Flores was selected for the national team that went to the Pan American Games in the United Mexican States, where he finished first in the men’s marathon, sparking off celebrations in the Guatemalan capital. He was born on February 11, 1920, in Cotió, Mixco, Guatemala. Because of his example, discipline, dedication and contribution to the sports history of Guatemala, Mateo Flores is an idol in Central America.


Did you know- Guatemala City hosted the Caribbean Boxing Tournament in 1975.

Caribbean Games

Did you know- At the 2002 Central American and Caribbean Games in San Salvador (ES), Guatemala won 86 medals (22 gold, 22 silver, 42 bronze) and finished sixth in unofficial team standings, trailing Mexico (351), Venezuela (277), Colombia (179), Dominican Republic (132), and Puerto Rico (134). Thirty-two years ago, the Olympic team finished 11th in the medal count, with six medals (2 silver and four bronze).


Did you know- By the late 1980s, the country’s athlete Maria Inés Flores-Wurmser became one of Latin America’s most respected gymnasts. At the 1988 Seoul Games, Miss Flores-Wurmser came in 61st place in the women’s vault, among 90 athletes of the world.


Did you know- The national squad finished second in the CONCACAF Olympic Qualification Tournamentand won the right to compete in the Games of the 21st Olympiad in the Canadian city of Montreal in July 1976. Seven years later, by 1983, the team from Guatemala won the silver medal in men’s soccer –outpacing Brazil, Chile and Mexico– at the Pan American Games in Caracas, Venezuela.


Did you know- By 1974, in the Pan American Weightlifting Tournament in Mexico City, Guatemala won four medals ( one silver and three bronze) and took sixth place in unofficial team standings.

Source by Alejandro Guevara Onofre

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