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Guatemala Celebrates Erick Barrondo's Silver in Race Walk

This post is part of our special coverage London 2012 Olympics.

Guatemala is celebrating its first victory during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. On Saturday, August 4, Erick Barrondo Garcia won the silver medal at the Men's 20km Race Walk. As the news broke, social media users, including politicians and other personalities, clapped and celebrated Barrondo's well-deserved victory.

Pop-star Ricardo Arjona (@Ricardo_Arjona) [es] congratulates him warmly:

@Ricardo_Arjona: Erick Barrondo. Que Dios te bendiga. Mas orgulloso que nunca. Nuestra primer medalla gracias a vos. Que viva Guate.

@Ricardo_Arjona [es]: Erick Barrondo God bless you, I am more proud than ever. Our first medal thanks to you. Viva Guate!

Vice President Roxana Baldetti (@roxanabaldetti) [es] writes on Twitter:

Erick Barrondo at the 2011 Pan American Games. Photo by Flickr user aula2pl, used under Creative Commons licence (CC BY-NC 2.0)

@roxanabaldetti: Erick Barrondo es ejemplo de esfuerzo y valentía. Dios lo bendiga! La medalla es un sueño hecho realidad!

@roxanabaldetti [es]: Erick Barrondo is an example of effort and courage. God bless him! The medal is a dream turned into reality!

Sports commentator Edgar Galindo (@Galindogt) shares a picture of the remarkable athlete in the podium, ready to get his medal. Barrondo looks moved by the victory.

Erick Barrondo was born in Aldea Chuyuc, in the San Cristóbal Verapaz municipality, one of the poorest areas of the country which has been particularly affected by the war on drugs. It has been reported that his village and the entire country are getting ready for the celebration.

According to Opina el Balón (@opinaelbalon) [es], Barrondo sent the following message to his nation:

@opinaelbalon: Erick Barrondo: “Me voy a sentir tan orgulloso si alguien deja una pistola y la cambia por unos zapatos para ir al estadio a entrenar”

@opinaelbalon [es]: Erick Barrondo: “I will be very proud if someone leaves the gun and exchanges it for a pair of sneakers to go to the stadium and train”

In a country where violence, corruption and poverty are daily news, this triumph is welcomed as a reason to celebrate how hard work and a supportive family can turn a dream into reality.

This post is part of our special coverage London 2012 Olympics.

9 comments

  • Feliciano Tambriz

    Gracias a ti Erick por sentirnos orgullosos y demostrar que Guatemala puede..tu sueño se la has echo realidad Felicidades.

  • Helcan18

    Great article, thanks for the information! greetings from Buenos Aires.

  • Irmasgt

    Erick.muchas gracias por haber Hecho nuestro sueno realidad,ahora nosotros. Los guatemaltecos nos sentimos muy orgullosos y felizes,que Dios te bendiga.

  • […] Guatemala Celebrates Erick Barrondo’s Silver in Race Walk, Renata Ávila: Guatemalans are celebrating Erick Barrondo’s silver medal at the Men’s 20km Race Walk. As the news broke, social media users clapped and celebrated Barrondo’s well-deserved victory. Barrondo comes from one of the poorest areas of the country which has been particularly affected by the war on drugs. […]

  • Barbara Blackcinder

    Very very cool Erick. May your medal be the first of many for Central America. And may it trigger recognition throughout the world for your countries.

  • Info

    Erick, nos has tocado el corazon, y tu historia demuestra que con fé, determinacion y trabajar duro, has realizado un sueno, que espero vaya a inspirar a muchos.  Y que esta medalla sea la primera de muchas para ti y para nuestra Guatemala.
    Viendo a los atletas en las Olimpiadas en Londres, y ver lo duro que trabajan para llegar a excelencia, quisiera que ésto inspirara a nuestro gobierno a sacar a nuestro pais adelante y volver a ser orgullosos de nuestro bello pais. Y que el gobierno ayude a nuestros atletas para ganar mas medallas en Brazil 2016!

    Felicitaciones, te lo mereces!

  • Felicidades, por tu gran logro y por tu sueño hecho realidad y por poner a guatemala en alto .. Dios te bendiga por siempre..

  • alex

    lagrimas de orgullo  me ha sacado este muchacho porque si demostro que si puede hacer lo que el quiere yo sali de mi pais mi hermosa Guatemala pero despues de sufrir una guerra activa y vivir en la capital  con eso del comienso de las pandillas la guerra y el narcotrafico tratando de ganar campo especialmente si uno  vive    al lado del milagro  la primera de julio  carolingia   solo te quedan dos opciones  o te unes  a  la corrupcion /delincuencia    o emigras  para el norte y dejas  a toda tu familia atras   gracias   nuchas gracias   ERICK BARRONDO  desgraciadamente  ya  no bas  apoder caminar con paz en tu aldea  porque tu mejor amigo  o asta un tu familiar te ba a querer  secuestrar para quitarte dinero  la fama  tiene un precio me imagino que  lo unico que querias es demostrarle  al mundo que no importa de donde uno es  todos somos seres humanos y si le echanmos ganas   llebamos a nuestros suenios hacerlos realidad

  • alex

    perdon por todo lo que escribi pero yo me mire en la obligasion de salirde mi Guatemala  hacia estados unidos para ser  respetado  como  persona

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