Kevin Cordón

Kevin Haroldo Cordón Buezo (born November 28, 1986)[1] is a Guatemalan badminton player. He won two men's singles title at the Pan American Games, four title at the Pan Am Championships (3 in singles and 1 in doubles), and six title at the Central American and Caribbean Games (4 in singles and 2 in doubles). He is a four time Olympian for Guatemala participating at the 2008, 2012, 2016 and the 2020 Olympic Games.

Kevin Cordón
Personal information
Birth nameKevin Haroldo Cordón Buezo
CountryGuatemala
Born (1986-11-28) November 28, 1986 (age 35)
La Unión, Zacapa, Guatemala
Height5 ft 11.5 in (1.82 m)
Weight150 lb (68 kg)
Years active1998–present
HandednessLeft
CoachJosé María Solís
Men's singles & doubles
Highest ranking24 (MS April 12, 2012)
43 (MD October 21, 2010)
Current ranking35 (MS May 3, 2022)
Medal record
Men's badminton
Representing  Guatemala
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 2011 Guadalajara Men's singles
Gold medal – first place 2015 Toronto Men's singles
Silver medal – second place 2007 Rio de Janeiro Men's singles
Bronze medal – third place 2019 Lima Men's singles
Pan Am Championships
Gold medal – first place 2009 Guadalajara Men's singles
Gold medal – first place 2009 Guadalajara Men's doubles
Gold medal – first place 2012 Lima Men's singles
Gold medal – first place 2022 San Salvador Men's singles
Silver medal – second place 2008 Lima Men's doubles
Silver medal – second place 2019 Aguascalientes Men's singles
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Lima Men's singles
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Markham Men's doubles
Bronze medal – third place 2018 Guatemala City Men's singles
Bronze medal – third place 2021 Guatemala City Men's singles
Central American and Caribbean Games
Gold medal – first place 2006 Cartagena Men's singles
Gold medal – first place 2010 Mayagüez Men's singles
Gold medal – first place 2010 Mayagüez Men's doubles
Gold medal – first place 2010 Mayagüez Men's team
Gold medal – first place 2014 Veracruz Men's singles
Gold medal – first place 2014 Veracruz Men's doubles
Gold medal – first place 2014 Veracruz Mixed team
Gold medal – first place 2018 Barranquilla Men's singles
Silver medal – second place 2006 Cartagena Men's team
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Cartagena Men's doubles
Bronze medal – third place 2018 Barranquilla Mixed team
BWF profile

CareerEdit

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 from China.

At the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games, he won three gold medals in the 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, Henri Hurskainen from Sweden and Pablo Abian from Spain 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 October 20, 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 beating 15th seed Englishman Rajiv Ouseph and Swedish player Henri Hurskainen in the process, thus winning a place in the round of 16. He lost his round of 16 match versus Sho Sasaki of Japan. He qualified again to the 2016 Summer Olympics, but had to withdrew due to injury after finishing the first match losing a tough 3 setter against Adrian Dziolko of Poland (21-18, 10-21, 13-21).

Cordón qualified again for the 2020 Summer Olympics. He won both of his group matches, defeating Mexican Lino Munoz (21-14, 21-12) and the 9th ranked and 8th seeded Ng Ka Long (22-20, 21-13), thus winning a place in the round of 16. He defeated Mark Caljouw of the Netherlands (21-17, 3-21, 21-19) to advance to the quarterfinals for the first time ever. In the quarterfinals, he defeated Korean Heo Kwang-hee (21-13, 21-18) to become the first person from Central America to advance to the semifinals.[8] He would go on to lose the semifinal to eventual gold medalist Viktor Axelsen from Denmark (18-21, 11-21) and then the bronze medal match to Indonesian Anthony Sinisuka Ginting (11-21, 13-21).

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.

AchievementsEdit

Pan American GamesEdit

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2007 Riocentro Sports Complex, Pavilion 4B, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil   Mike Beres 21–13, 11–21, 10–21   Silver
2011 Multipurpose Gymnasium, Guadalajara, Mexico   Osleni Guerrero 23–21, 21–19   Gold
2015 Atos Markham Pan Am Centre, Toronto, Canada   Andrew D'Souza 21–13, 21–14   Gold
2019 Polideportivo 3, Lima, Peru   Brian Yang 21–15, 13–21, 3–13 retired   Bronze

Pan Am ChampionshipsEdit

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2008 Club de Regatas, Lima, Peru   David Snider 21–23, 21–6, 19–21   Bronze
2009 Coliseo Olímpico de la Universidad de Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Mexico   Stephan Wojcikiewicz 21–11, 21–19   Gold
2012 Coliseo Manuel Bonilla, Lima, Peru   Osleni Guerrero 23–21, 21–19   Gold
2018 Teodoro Palacios Flores Gymnasium, Guatemala City, Guatemala   Jason Ho-Shue 14–21, 17–21   Bronze
2019 Gimnasio Olímpico, Aguascalientes, Mexico   Osleni Guerrero 11–21, 20–22   Silver
2021 Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, Guatemala City, Guatemala   Jason Ho-Shue 17–21, 18–21   Bronze
2022 Palacio de los Deportes Carlos "El Famoso" Hernández,
San Salvador, El Salvador
  Brian Yang 21–17, 21–14   Gold

Men's doubles

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

Central American and Caribbean GamesEdit

Men's singles

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

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2006 Pavilion of Parque del Este,
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  Rodolfo Ramírez   Lazaro Jerez
  Ilian Perez
21–12, 13–21, 15–21[9]   Bronze
2010 Raymond Dalmau Coliseum,
Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
  Rodolfo Ramírez   Andrés López
  Lino Muñoz
18–21, 21–17, 21–6   Gold
2014 Omega Complex,
Veracruz, Mexico
  Aníbal Marroquín   Rodolfo Ramírez
  Jonathan Solís
22–20, 22–20   Gold

BWF International Challenge/Series (39 titles, 16 runner-up)Edit

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2007 Bulgarian International   Jan Fröhlich 13–21, 7–17 retired   Runner-up
2007 Cyprus International   Chetan Anand 8–21, 24–26   Runner-up
2008 Peru International   Andrés Corpancho 21–14, 21–14   Winner
2008 Miami PanAm International   Christian Lind Thomsen 21–18, 21–10   Winner
2008 Brazil International   Andrés Corpancho 21–15, 21–14   Winner
2008 Puerto Rico International   Kaveh Mehrabi 21–13, 21–9   Winner
2009 Giraldilla International   Ari Trisnanto 21–19, 14–21, 18–21   Runner-up
2009 Puerto Rico International   Pedro Martins 18–21, 21–13, 21–17   Winner
2009 Mexican International   Charles Pyne 21–11, 21–13   Winner
2009 Santo Domingo Open   Rodolfo Ramírez 21–17, 21–12   Winner
2009 Guatemala International   Rodolfo Ramírez 21–16, 21–12   Winner
2010 Suriname International   Abdul Aditya 23–21, 21–9   Winner
2010 Miami PanAm International   Hock Lai Lee 13–21, 21–14, 21–18   Winner
2010 Santo Domingo Open   Pedro Martins 10–21, 13–21   Runner-up
2010 Guatemala International   Rodolfo Ramírez 21–14, 21–16   Winner
2010 Brazil International   Hock Lai Lee 13–21, 17–21   Runner-up
2011 Peru International   Michael Lahnsteiner 23–21, 6–21, 21–12   Winner
2011 Slovenian International   Hsu Jen-hao 14–21, 21–19, 10–21   Runner-up
2012 Guatemala International   Howard Shu Walkover   Winner
2012 Brazil International   Niluka Karunaratne 17–21, 22–20, 21–19   Winner
2014 Mercosul International   Rodolfo Ramírez 21–14, 21–16   Winner
2014 Argentina International   Daniel Paiola 21–12, 21–18   Winner
2014 Chile International   Rodolfo Ramírez 9–11, 11–9, 11–2, 11–6   Winner
2014 Guatemala International   Pablo Abián 11–4, 8–11, 5–11, 10–11   Runner-up
2015 Peru International Series   Daniel Paiola 21–16, 22–20   Winner
2015 Mercosul International   Marius Myhre 21–14, 21–17   Winner
2015 Mauritius International   Luka Wraber 21–12, 21–18   Winner
2015 Guatemala International   Ygor Coelho 22–20, 21–11   Winner
2015 Brazil International   Ygor Coelho 18–21, 22–20, 19–21   Runner-up
2015 Puerto Rico International   Howard Shu 21–17, 21–15   Winner
2016 Guatemala International   Osleni Guerrero Walkover   Runner-up
2017 Yonex / K&D Graphics International   Kento Momota 7–21, 15–21   Runner-up
2017 Carebaco International   Karan Rajan Rajarajan 21–19, 21–18   Winner
2017 Internacional Mexicano   Aníbal Marroquín 21–12, 21–9   Winner
2017 Guatemala International   Leodannis Martínez 21–17, 21–18   Winner
2018 Peru International   Osleni Guerrero 22–20, 14–21, 21–15   Winner
2018 International Mexicano   Maxime Moreels 21–19, 21–14   Winner
2018 Guatemala International   Timothy Lam 21–12, 21–13   Winner
2018 Suriname International   Elias Bracke 21–13, 21–15   Winner
2019 Jamaica International   Kodai Naraoka 17–21, 8–21   Runner-up
2019 Peru International   Brian Yang 21–15, 13–21, 12–21   Runner-up
2019 International Mexicano   Lino Muñoz 21–16, 21–13   Winner
2019 Guatemala International   Lino Muñoz 21–6, 11–3 retired   Winner
2019 Brazil International   Lino Muñoz 21–19, 21–19   Winner
2019 Santo Domingo Open   Brian Yang 8–21, 4–21   Runner-up
2019 Suriname International   Brian Yang Walkover   Runner-up
2021 Guatemala International   Victor Lai 21–13, 21–11   Winner

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2009 Peru International   Rodolfo Ramírez   José Vicente Martínez
  Javier Tur
16–21, 8–2 retired   Winner
2009 Puerto Rico International   Rodolfo Ramírez   Phillip Chew
  Halim Haryanto
21–19, 13–21, 21–16   Winner
2009 Santo Domingo Open   Rodolfo Ramírez   Phillip Chew
  Halim Haryanto
21–23, 21–15, 21–17   Winner
2009 Guatemala International   Rodolfo Ramírez   Mathew Fogarthy
  David Neuman
21–16, 21–14   Winner
2010 Suriname International   Rodolfo Ramírez   Virgil Soeroredjo
  Mitchel Wongsodikromo
21–14, 21–16   Winner
2010 Santo Domingo Open   Rodolfo Ramírez   Adrian Liu
  Derrick Ng
21–18, 24–22   Winner
2010 Guatemala International   Rodolfo Ramírez   Adrian Liu
  Derrick Ng
21–23, 20–22   Runner-up
2017 Mercosul International   Aníbal Marroquín   Rodolfo Ramírez
  Jonathan Solís
21–15, 13–21, 13–21   Runner-up
  BWF International Challenge tournament
  BWF International Series tournament
  BWF Future Series tournament

Record against selected opponentsEdit

Includes results against CACSO Games finalists, Pan Am Games finalists, Pan Am Championships finalists, Super Series finalists, World Championship semifinalists, Olympic quarter-finalists, and all Olympic opponents.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Badminton Player : Kevin Cordon on BadmintonLink.com Archived November 9, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Guatemalan Cordon's dream run goes on | Reuters
  3. ^ Badminton | U.S. Open badminton competitor Kevin Cordon - Los Angeles Times
  4. ^ Diario de Centro América - Deportes[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Guatemalan Cordon`s dream run goes on
  6. ^ (in Spanish) Cordón será el abanderado de la delegación guatemalteca en Guadajalara 2011 Archived October 26, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Badminton Results - CORDON Kevin
  8. ^ Diego, Juan. "Kevin Cordón no jugará el segundo partido de bádminton por lesión". guatemala.com. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  9. ^ Badminton: Cuba impuso su ley en las semifinales
  10. ^ http://www.tournamentsoftware.com/profile/selectheadtohead.aspx?id=B8ECFF4D-C7A9-4778-AE13-900E7F626638

https://www.marca.com/juegos-olimpicos/badminton/2021/08/01/610673a8ca474145268b4642.html

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