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PR’s Camacho-Quinn represents the Americas at Olympics closing ceremony


By John McPhaul

jpmcphaul@gmail.com


Puerto Rican hurdler and gold medalist Jasmine Camacho-Quinn was chosen to represent the Americas on Sunday alongside athletes from the four other continents in the closing ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.


The Olympic Games cauldron was extinguished until the next Olympic games, which for the next Olympic cycle will be three years from now, in 2024 in Paris.


In a solemn ceremony, the focus continued to be on the athletes of all the national committees and the refugee team.


Puerto Rico and its reduced representation was led by Camacho-Quinn, the gold medalist and Olympic record holder in the women’s 100-meter hurdles. Camacho-Quinn represented not only Puerto Rico, but also all the athletes of North and South America along with four other medaling athletes chosen to represent Africa, Asia, Europe and Oceania by the president of the International Olympic Committee and a 1972 Olympic medalist in fencing, Thomas Bach.


The privilege of carrying the Puerto Rican flag fell to two-time Olympic diver Rafael “Rafa” Quintero, who was the 150th athlete to enter the Olympic Stadium during the closing ceremony. He was accompanied by golfer Marife Torres and six officials.

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