Carolena Carstens

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Carolena Carstens
Personal information
Birth nameCarolena Jean Carstens Salceda
Born (1996-01-18) January 18, 1996 (age 24)
Winfield, Illinois, US
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight57 Kg
Country Panama
Event(s)-57 Kg
Updated on 15 August 2017.

Carolena Jean Carstens Salceda (born January 18, 1996 in Winfield, Illinois, United States) is a taekwondo practitioner representing Panama. She has dual US / Panamanian citizenship through her father and mother respectively,.[1] She used to live in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.,[2] but has since moved to Spain.[3]

In 2011, Carstens participated at the Pan American Championships, where she won the silver medal in the youth -52 kg category, losing to the American Deireanne Morales in the final.[4] She subsequently took part in qualification for the 2012 Summer Olympics in November 2011, finishing fourth.[4] She later received one of four wild card entries for the Olympics as the 13th ranked athlete in the -49 kg category,[5] becoming the first Olympic taekwondo athlete from Panama, and the second youngest Olympian in the country's history.[6] She was the youngest taekwondo athlete at the 2012 Olympics.[1] She lost her first contest 7–2 to an eventual finalist, Spaniard Brigitte Yagüe, and then lost her repechage fight to Mexican Jannet Alegría by the same score.[7]

She competed for Panama at the 2016 Summer Olympics. She was defeated by Raheleh Asemani of Belgium in the first round.[8] She was the flag bearer for Panama during the closing ceremony.[9]


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  2. ^ Schmid, Scott (July 24, 2012). "Youngest challenger and Glen Ellyn resident Carstens expects to medal". The Associated Press. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  3. ^ Urieta, Yaissel (March 15, 2016). "Carolena Carstens se confiesa". La Prensa. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Profile at TaekwondoData". TaekwondoData. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  5. ^ "Cambodia, Mali, Panama, Yemen earn one wild card each for London Olympic Taekwondo Competition". WTF. 17 April 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  6. ^ "Carolena Carstens". Homeschool University. Archived from the original on 4 August 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  7. ^ "¡Carolena Carnstens dio lo último!". Mi Diario. 8 August 2012. Archived from the original on 29 January 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Rio 2016". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-08-26. Retrieved 2016-08-23.
  9. ^ "The Flagbearers for the Rio 2016 Closing Ceremony". 2016-08-21. Retrieved 2016-08-23.