Kevin Cordón

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Kevin Cordón
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Personal information
Birth nameKevin Haroldo Cordón Buezo
Country Guatemala
Born (1986-11-28) November 28, 1986 (age 32)
La Unión, Zacapa
Height5 ft 11.5 in (1.82 m)
Weight150 lb (68 kg)
Years active1998-
HandednessLeft
CoachJosé María Solís
Men's singles & doubles
Highest ranking24 (MS April 12, 2012)
43 (MD October 21, 2010)
Current ranking69 (MS), 448 (MD) (April 23, 2019)
BWF profile

Kevin Haroldo Cordón Buezo (born November 28, 1986)[1] is a Guatemalan badminton player.

Career[edit]

Born in La Unión, Zacapa, Cordón was named after former England international footballer Kevin Keegan,[2] of whom his father was a fan. In spite of badminton not being popular in Guatemala during his childhood, he became a badminton player as he thought it would give him a better chance of one day becoming an Olympian than if he played a different sport, being the first member of his family to practice the sport.[3] He began playing at the age of 11 and by 1998 he was a part of the Zacapa Department's youth team.[4]

After winning the Silver Medal at the 2007 Pan American Games, Cordón qualified to the 2008 Olympic Games, and was selected as the flag bearer of his nation's Olympic team. At the Beijing Games he lost against the #3 seeded player, Bao Chunlai.

At the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games, he won three Gold Medals: singles, doubles, and team events, being the Guatemalan athlete with the most medals won during the games.

Cordón then competed at the 2011 BWF World Championships in London where he reached the quarterfinals after beating fifth seeded Chen Long from China to face the tournament's top seeded Lee Chong Wei. There he lost to the Malaysian player in two straight sets.[5]

Cordón was selected as the flag bearer for the Guatemalan team at the opening ceremony of the 2011 Pan American Games,[6] and was also the top seeded player in the men's singles event. On 20 October 2011 he won his first Pan-American Games Gold Medal by beating Cuban competitor Osleni Guerrero in the final. Cordón did not lose one set in the tournament.[7] In 2015 he successfully defended his Men's Singles Pan Am Games title at the Atos Markham Pan Am Centre in Toronto at the Pan American Games beating Canadian Andrew D'Souza 21-13, 21-14 in the final.

Cordón qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics singles competition. He won both of his Group matches, thus winning a place in the Round of 16. He lost his Round of 16 match versus Sho Sasaki of Japan.

Kevin Cordón twice won the continental Pan Am Badminton Championships in the men's singles event in 2009 and 2012 and also once the Men's Doubles Pan Am badminton event in 2009 with compatriot Rodolfo Ramirez.

Already as a junior player in 2004 he won the continental Pan Am Junior Badminton Championships boys' singles title in the U-19 category.

Achievements[edit]

Pan American Games[edit]

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2015 Atos Markham Pan Am Centre, Toronto, Canada Canada Andrew D’Souza 21–13, 21–14 Gold Gold
2011 Multipurpose Gymnasium, Guadalajara, Mexico Cuba Osleni Guerrero 23–21, 21–19 Gold Gold
2007 Riocentro Sports Complex, Pavilion 4B, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Canada Mike Beres 21–13, 11–21, 10–21 Silver Silver

Pan Am Championships[edit]

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2019 Gimnasio Olímpico,
Aguascalientes, Mexico
Cuba Osleni Guerrero 11–21, 20–22 Silver Silver
2018 Teodoro Palacios Flores Gymnasium,
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Canada Jason Ho-shue 14–21, 17–21 Bronze Bronze
2012 Coliseo Manuel Bonilla,
Lima, Peru
Cuba Osleni Guerrero 23–21, 21–19 Gold Gold
2009 Coliseo Olímpico de la Universidad de Guadalajara,
Guadalajara, Mexico
Canada Stephan Wojcikiewicz 21–11, 21–19 Gold Gold
2008 Club de Regatas,
Lima, Peru
Canada David Snider 21–23, 21–6, 19–21 Bronze Bronze

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2014 Markham Pan Am Centre,
Markham, Canada
Guatemala Aníbal Marroquín United States Phillip Chew
United States Sattawat Pongnairat
13–21, 7–21 Bronze Bronze
2009 Coliseo Olímpico de la Universidad de Guadalajara,
Guadalajara, Mexico
Guatemala Rodolfo Ramírez Peru Antonio de Vinatea
Peru Martin del Valle
21–18, 17–21, 23–21 Gold Gold
2008 Club de Regatas,
Lima, Peru
Guatemala Rodolfo Ramírez Canada Toby Ng
Canada William Milroy
16–21, 9–21 Silver Silver

Central American and Caribbean Games[edit]

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2018 Coliseo Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia Cuba Osleni Guerrero 21–16, 14–21, 25–23 Gold Gold
2014 Omega Complex, Veracruz, Mexico Cuba Osleni Guerrero 20–22, 21–13, 24–22 Gold Gold
2010 Raymond Dalmau Coliseum, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico Guatemala Pedro Yang 21–15, 21–12 Gold Gold
2006 Pavilion of Parque del Este, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Cuba Ilian Perez Gold Gold

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2014 Omega Complex,
Veracruz, Mexico
Guatemala Aníbal Marroquín Guatemala Rodolfo Ramírez
Guatemala Jonathan Solís
22–20, 22–20 Gold Gold
2010 Raymond Dalmau Coliseum,
Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
Guatemala Rodolfo Ramírez Mexico Andrés López
Mexico Lino Muñoz
18–21, 21–17, 21–6 Gold Gold
2006 Pavilion of Parque del Este,
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Guatemala Rodolfo Ramírez Cuba Lazaro Jerez
Cuba Ilian Perez
21–12, 13–21, 15–21[8] Bronze Bronze

BWF International Challenge/Series[edit]

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2019 Jamaica International Japan Kodai Naraoka 17–21, 8–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2018 Suriname International Belgium Elias Bracke 21–13, 21–15 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2018 Guatemala International United States Timothy Lam 21–12, 21–13 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2018 International Mexicano Belgium Maxime Moreels 21–19, 21–14 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2018 Peru International Cuba Osleni Guerrero 22–20, 14–21, 21–15 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2017 Guatemala International Cuba Leodannis Martínez 21–17, 21–18 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2017 Internacional Mexicano Guatemala Anibal Marroquin 21–12, 21–9 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2017 Carebaco International India Karan Rajan Rajarajan 21–19, 21–18 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2017 Yonex / K&D Graphics International Japan Kento Momota 7–21, 15–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2016 Guatemala International Cuba Osleni Guerrero Walkover 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Puerto Rico International United States Howard Shu 21–17, 21–15 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 Brazil International Brazil Ygor Coelho de Oliveira 18–21, 22–20, 19–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Guatemala International Brazil Ygor Coelho de Oliveira 22–20, 21–11 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 Mauritius International Austria Luka Wraber 21–12, 21–18 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 Mercosul International Norway Marius Myhre 21–14, 21–17 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 Peru International Series Brazil Daniel Paiola 21–16, 22–20 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 Guatemala International Spain Pablo Abian 11–4, 8–11, 5–11, 10–11 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2014 Chile International Guatemala Rodolfo Ramírez 9–11, 11–9, 11–2, 11–6 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 Argentina International Brazil Daniel Paiola 21–12, 21–18 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 Mercosul International Guatemala Rodolfo Ramírez 21–14, 21–16 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2012 Brazil International Sri Lanka Niluka Karunaratne 17–21, 22–20, 21–19 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2012 Guatemala International United States Howard Shu Walkover 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Slovenian International Chinese Taipei Hsu Jen-hao 14–21, 21–19, 10–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 Peru International Austria Michael Lahnsteiner 23–21, 6–21, 21–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2010 Brazil International United States Hock Lai Lee 13–21, 17–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2010 Guatemala International Guatemala Rodolfo Ramírez 21–14, 21–16 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2010 Santo Domingo Open Portugal Pedro Martins 10–21, 13–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2010 Miami PanAm International United States Hock Lai Lee 13–21, 21–14, 21–18 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2010 Suriname International India Abdul Aditya 23–21, 21–9 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2009 Guatemala International Guatemala Rodolfo Ramírez 21–16, 21–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2009 Santo Domingo Open Guatemala Rodolfo Ramírez 21–17, 21–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2009 Mexican International Jamaica Charles Pyne 21–11, 21–13 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2009 Puerto Rico International Portugal Pedro Martins 18–21, 21–13, 21–17 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2009 Giraldilla International Indonesia Ari Trisnanto 21–19, 14–21, 18–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2008 Puerto Rico International Iran Kaveh Mehrabi 21–13, 21–9 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2008 Brazil International Peru Andrés Corpancho 21–15, 21–14 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2008 Miami PanAm International Denmark Christian Lind Thomsen 21–18, 21–10 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2008 Peru International Peru Andres Corpancho 21–14, 21–14 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2007 Cyprus International India Chetan Anand 8–21, 24–26 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2007 Bulgarian International Czech Republic Jan Frohlich 13–21, 7–17 Retired 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2017 Mercosul International Guatemala Aníbal Marroquín Guatemala Solis Jonathan
Guatemala Rodolfo Ramírez
21–15, 13–21, 13–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2010 Guatemala International Guatemala Rodolfo Ramírez Canada Adrian Liu
Canada Derrick Ng
21–23, 20–22 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2010 Santo Domingo Open Guatemala Rodolfo Ramírez Canada Adrian Liu
Canada Derrick Ng
21–18, 24–22 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2010 Suriname International Guatemala Rodolfo Ramírez Suriname Virgil Soeroredjo
Suriname Mitchel Wongsodikromo
21–14, 21–16 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2009 Guatemala International Guatemala Rodolfo Ramírez United States Mathew Fogarthy
United States David Neuman
21–16 21–14 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2009 Santo Domingo Open Guatemala Rodolfo Ramírez United States Phillip Chew
United States Halim Haryanto Ho
21–23, 21–15, 21–17 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2009 Puerto Rico International Guatemala Rodolfo Ramírez United States Phillip Chew
United States Halim Haryanto Ho
21–19, 13–21, 21–16 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2009 Peru International Guatemala Rodolfo Ramírez Spain Jose Vicente Martinez
Spain Javier Tur
16–21, 8–2 Retired 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament
     BWF Future Series tournament

Record Against Selected Opponents[edit]

Includes results against Super Series finalists, World Championship semifinalists, Olympic quarter-finalists, and all Olympic opponents.[9]

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