Kevin Cordon of Guatemala defeated South Korea’s Heo Kwanghee. A score of 21-13, 21-18 in straight games to storm into the semi-finals of the men’s singles badminton. Cordon saw off Heo, victor of home top pick Kento Momota, prior to the tournament.
Kevin Cordon of Guatemala is the stun first semi-finalist in men’s singles badminton. After beating Heo Kwanghee of South Korea 21-13, 21-18 in straight games.
The 34-year-old celebrated each point with skyward thunder. And collapsed on the court when his fierce crush sealed the win.
Badminton within the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Over the past week has been an adventure of upsets. And near-upsets, inferable to a huge degree. To the exceptional conditions created by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Guatemalan, a two-time Pan American Games winner. It was the first Latin American. To reach the Olympic Games semi-finals in badminton.
The World No 59, Cordon saw off Heo. The champion of domestic top choice Kento Momota. Then earlier within the tournament, in 42 minutes to set up. The semi-final was against either Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen or China’s Shi Yuqi.
Cordon, showing up in his fourth. Olympics has kept that run going and will. At the very slightest, play for a medal. Cordon developed up playing football like most kids in Guatemala. But took up badminton. And was promoted a give inside the capital, Guatemala City.
He decided to require it with the point of one day reaching. The Olympics and he presently speaks to the Central American country with pride.
“Of course, it’s not like training here in Asia,” he said.
“Badminton in Guatemala isn’t like football. But I didn’t think about that. I was like, Alright, I qualified for the Olympics. I will prepare difficultly. And do my best in each point in each match.”
Cordon’s football-mad father named him. After previous England striker Kevin Keegan. And the shuttler brings the same relentless vitality to the court.