Jun 27, 2024

“Wow, ¿no es un sueño? Es una realidad”, with those words began the words of Flor Denis Ruiz, who was announced as the female flag bearer of the Colombian delegation for the Opening Ceremony of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, along with cyclist Kevin Quintero.

According to the communiqué of the Colombian Olympic Committee (COC), these designations have been for the results obtained by both athletes during the Olympic cycle that began at the end of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in 2021.

The Colombian delegation adds 80 numerical quotas for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, after the confirmation of Queen Saray Villegas in cycling, BMX freestyle on Wednesday afternoon.

“A dream come true. All glory be to our God, the King of heaven and earth, He is the center of everything, to Him be all glory and honor. Proudly Colombian,” continued the words of the javelin event of the Central American and Caribbean Games, San Salvador 2023.

“I dreamed it, I believed it and I worked for it, always dream and make it happen if you really want it with your heart, work hard and believe in yourself and in your work team. I love this country and I want to see it progress, united and persevering, all this starts with each one of us”, continued the Valle del Cauca native.


In the javelin throw, Flor Denis Ruíz is the current world runner-up after the 65.47 meters obtained in the competition held in Budapest, Hungary, 2023. Currently, she is ranked third in the world javelin throwing world ranking, with a total of 1326 points.

Likewise, Flor Denis is the current champion of the Iberoamerican Athletics Championships held in Cuiabá, Brazil, last May, where she achieved her current mark of 66.70 meters, which represents the South American record.

During this Olympic cycle, the athlete from Valle del Cauca was champion of the South American Games of Asuncion (Paraguay) 2022 and the Central American and Caribbean Games of San Salvador 2023. In addition, the Colombian has experience in the Olympic Games, after her 30th place in London 2012 and ninth place in Rio 2016.

On the other hand, the track cyclist in the Keirin speed modality, Kevin Quintero, is the current world champion in the Keirin modality after the rainbow he obtained in the Glasgow (Scotland) 2023 competition. Precisely, last year was unforgettable for the Colombian since he also obtained the first place in the Pan American Games of Santiago (Chile) and the runner-up position in the Central American and Caribbean Games of San Salvador.

The Valle del Cauca native, also winner of the Altius gold award during this 2024, was present at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games where he was 20th in the sprint race and 11th in the Keirin.


Track cycling is scheduled from August 5 to 11 to be held at the national velodrome of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelinnes, where the men’s Keirin will be competing from August 7, while athletics will start from August 1 to 11, where the women’s javelin throw will be held on August 7 at the Stade de France.

The Paris 2024 Olympic Games will open on July 26 at the Seine River and close on Sunday, August 11; however, men’s soccer and rugby 7-a-side will start competitions on Wednesday, July 24 at various venues.

Written by Noel Werleman


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