Luis Carlos Martinez announces his retirement from “Competitive Swimming”.

Guatemala City, August 15 (AGN). Luis Carlos MartinezA Guatemalan swimmer tipped to win an Olympic medal for the country announced on Monday that he has withdrawn from competitive swimming.

In an emotional message that included photos from her first swim, Martinez, who finished seventh Olympic GamesHe wrote the following:

From the first stroke to the last, from the first class to the last training day. Swimming has always been and is my greatest passion. But everything has an end.

After several months of transition, I have decided to retire from competitive swimming.

This is not a sad season, but a happy season where everything that has given me joy for so many years has been left behind for good. Things will change, and this time they will change for the better.

Thank you to all my fans, coaches, friends, but most of all my family. Without them I am absolutely nothing.

I will continue to be a proud Guatemalan all my life, and now I hope you will support me morally and emotionally in this new phase.

Special thanks to my coaches @dswsherrard (Duncan Sherrard) @aucoachgideonlouw (Gideon Louw) @modernbymiles (Lauren Miles) and all my friends who joined me at Auburn. War curse (curse).

At the moment, it is not known which projects Martinez is referring to when he talks about “this new level”.

Martinez seventh in the Olympics

Luis Carlos Martinez He has prepared at a high level in the United States and from the beginning he was considered a good option for an Olympic medal for Guatemala.

His career led him to a historic achievement at the 2021 Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. There, the Guatemalans placed seventh in the 100m butterfly final. A historic event for Guatemalan sports.

This was reported by the Guatemalan News Agency (AGN) on that occasion.

Luis Carlos Martinez made history by placing seventh in the 100m butterfly final at the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games.

Martinez is now the seventh best swimmer in the world and can say he has been battling with the best on the planet. Moreover, he is 35 percent away from getting the bronze medal.

Luis Carlos Martinez beat his own Olympic record in the final with a time of 51.09 seconds. He had previously run 51.29 in the prelims and 51.30 in the semifinals.

100 meter butterfly platform

  • Caleb Dressel (USA) was gold in 49.45.
  • Kristof Milak (Hungary) took 49.68 Birr
  • Noah Ponti (Switzerland) took the bronze with 50.74
  • Andrey Minakov (ROC – Russian Olympic Committee) with 50.88
  • Jakub Majerski (Poland) with 50.92
  • Matthew Temple (Australia) with 50.92
  • Luis Carlos Martinez (Guatemala) with 51.09
  • Josif Mladinov (Bulgaria) with 51.49


  • On Thursday, July 29, he qualified for the finals with a time of 51.29 seconds in the first six of the series, with the seventh fastest time out of 16.
  • He then clocked 51.30 in semi-final 2 to reach the eighth and final spot in the final.
  • In the final race, Martinez placed 7th in 51.09 seconds.

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Luis Carlos Martinez, the proud Guatemalan who made history at Tokyo 2021


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