Only 16 years old and hailing from an island 32 miles long and at its widest point 8 miles wide, Guam Olympian, Chris Duenas, competed in the Men’s 100 meter Freestyle swimming Heat 3 round competition against six other athletes. This was a dream not only for himself, but as he has always referred to in countless interviews before, using the pronoun “we” , a dream for his teammates and for the people of Guam.
Chris came in 7 out of 7. I believe I speak for those of us who are fans of his and who have ties to Guam, we cannot be any prouder of him. There is a lump in my throat to know that a fellow kinsman from Guam has earned the right to compete on the Olympic stage. That is a honor in itself, especially knowing that the Olympics is a platform that is used to promote peace and goodwill among the nations.
Guam’s own history has the hard lessons of war and colonial conquest so the Olympics is more than just a sporting event for our people, it is an affirmation that people of Guam have survived and are still contributors to this great planet of ours.
Chris, we know that this is just the beginning of your life and career. Cherish this experience. Thanks for making Guam proud. And you know, there is always the next Olympics :-).
Men’s 100m Free Qualification – Heat 3
Tue Aug 12 6:38am EDT
|1||Flag of IND||Virdhawal Khade||50.07|
|2||Flag of LAT||Romans Miloslavskis||50.40|
|3||Flag of BAR||Terrence Haynes||50.50|
|4||Flag ofKAZ||Alexandr Sklyar||51.24|
|5||Flag ofKOR||Namgyun Lim||51.80|
|6||Flag ofUZB||Petr Romashkin||51.83|
|7||Flag of GUM||Christopher Duenas||52.64|