Kevin Cordon (from Gautemala, of all places ) should be one of the finds of these Olympic Games At Beijing 2008, he almost did to Bao Chunlai what Ronald Susilo did to Lin Dan in Athens 2004... except that Bao Chunlai seems to be a lot luckier. In their 38-minute encounter in the Round of 32, Cordon surprised the Olympic MS 3rd seed with a very stubborn game. Yes, Bao Chunlai won the match... but not before being forced to concede as many as 33 points to a player relatively unknown beyond the Americas. Final score: Bao Chunlai beat Kevin Cordon 21-17, 21-16 (For those who have seen this match, no explanation is needed.) Cordon is just 21 years old (born on 28 Nov 1986), stands 5'11" (182cm) in his socks and is one of the best known athletes in Guatemala. He won the MS silver medal at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His current world ranking is 54. An awesome jump-smash, a very determined playing style and a solid defence are attributes that put this young man on a higher level than most of the non-Asian players. It could be that he has had extensive training elsewhere, perhaps in Indonesia or Malaysia (or in Denmark) To his credit, Kevin Cordon didn't look the least bit intimidated by Bao Chunlai during the Beijing Games encounter. In fact, he made the long-limbed Chinese star work very very hard for the straight sets win. Unless he decides to choose an alternative career, you can safely bet that we'll be seeing and hearing more of this talented Gautemalan in the time ahead ---------------- For trivia fans: Kevin Cordon was Gautemala's flag-bearer at the Beijing Opening Ceremony. This is not the first time he has had this honour. He carried the national flag at the 2007 Pan American Games too.