Costa Rican biker Kenneth Tencio qualified this Saturday to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 even though he did not reach the final of the BMX Freestyle World Championship taking place in Chengdu, China.
Tencio came out on Saturday taking risks as he usually does at the semifinal, his repertoire was edgy and he landed position 13.
“I am happy to reach the Olympic Games, all efforts done this season were geared towards making Tokyo. Granted, I would have liked to make it to the final, but I was left out in position 13 when only 12 made it. But I am happy, making it to the Olympic Games was the job and today it happened”, commented Tencio.
With this result and with a few dates left to finish the season, Tencio becomes the fourth Costa Rican to make it to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 which will take place from July 24 though August 9.
The first Costa Rican to classify was Andrea Vargas in the 100 meter hurdles, and at the end of September female and male road cycling.
“We reached the classification because we were in the second place of the world ranking. The pass to the Olympic Games took a lot of work, many tournaments, championships and World Cups. I am very happy, the place is for Costa Rica and now we have to continue training hard and looking for other tournaments to continue improving and training. The World Championships take place every year, the Olympic Games every four years. I think I can return to my country with a smile, we go back with the hands full and a contented heart”, concluded Tencio.