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

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 ranking70 (MS), 1037 (MD) (June 18, 2019)
BWF profile

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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.

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.

AchievementsEdit

Pan American GamesEdit

Men's singles

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

Pan Am ChampionshipsEdit

Men's singles

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

Men's doubles

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

Central American and Caribbean GamesEdit

Men's singles

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

Men's doubles

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

BWF International Challenge/SeriesEdit

Men's singles

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

Men's doubles

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

Record Against Selected OpponentsEdit

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

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