Jun 27, 2024

Olympic 100-meter hurdles champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn and world freestyle wrestling runner-up Sebastián Rivera have been chosen by the Puerto Rico Olympic Committee as flag bearers of the Puerto Rican delegation at the Opening Ceremony of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

The announcement was made this Wednesday, June 26, just one month before the most luminous event of the universal appointment, which will gather more than ten thousand athletes from more than 200 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) in the Seine River.

With this designation, Puerto Rico is the fourth member country of Centro Caribe Sports, which defines its flag bearers, male and female, for the night of July 26, after Mexico began with the official announcements, and then Cuba and Colombia joined.

To date, the Puerto Rican delegation has 32 nominal slots in several sports, including women’s basketball, and indicate that they are waiting to know the quotas that could be obtained in athletics via the ranking, and the conclusion of the Men’s Basketball Qualifier to be played from July 2 to 7, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.


Camacho-Quinn will be in her third Olympic Games, after her participation in Rio 2016 and the gold conquered in Tokyo 2020, Games that were held in 2021 due to the pandemic.

In Japan, Jasmine won her heat 5 elimination race with a time of 12.41 seconds and a headwind of 0.3 m/s, and in the semifinal, she implemented an Olympic record by timing 12.26 seconds with a headwind of 0.2 m/s. The final, which was held on August 2, 2021, awarded the second gold medal to Puerto Rico in its Olympic Games history, winning the event in 12.37 (-0.3 m/s).

In the other events of the Olympic cycle, the Puerto Rican obtained a bronze medal at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon in 2022, and was the champion of the Central American and Caribbean Games, San Salvador 2023, with a time of 12.61 (-0.2 m/s), an event where, prior to the final, she had set a new mark for the regional competition (12.60; 0.0) and achieved the ticket to Paris 2024.

She also won the silver medal at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, crossing the finish line in 12.44 seconds and a headwind of 0.2 m/s.

On his side, Rivera will be making his debut in this summer’s Olympic event, and comes from being the runner-up in the World Wrestling Championship held in Belgrade, Serbia, last year.

He was also silver medalist of the Central American and Caribbean Games, held in San Salvador, during 2023.

The athletics of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games starts on August 1 until August 11, where the field and track competitions will be held at the Stade de France, while wrestling is scheduled from 5 to 11 of the same month, to be held at the Champ de Mars Arena.

Jasmine will be starting her title defense on Wednesday, August 7, scheduled for 10:15 a.m., French time, while Sebastian will be making his debut on the Olympic mat on Saturday, August 10, starting at 11:30 a.m.

Written by Noel Werleman


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