Erick Bernabé Barrondo García (born 14 June 1991) is a Guatemalan racewalker who competes in the 20 km walk and 50 km walk events. He won the silver medal at the Men's 20km Racewalk in the 2012 Summer Olympics, the first Olympic medal in Guatemala's history.
He was born in Aldea Chiyuc in the municipality of San Cristóbal Verapaz, Alta Verapaz Department, Guatemala. Initially, Barrondo competed in long-distance running events, following in the footsteps of his parents. However, he sustained an injury and was introduced to racewalking as a method of recovering. He decided to give up running and focus on walking instead. He began working with Rigoberto Medina, a Cuban coach who had trained the 2003 Pan American champion Cristina López.
Barrondo made his international debut at the 2011 Pan American Race Walking Cup, where he claimed the silver medal in the 20 km with a time of 1:25:56 hours. Competing in the 2011 IAAF World Race Walking Challenge tour, he came in 13th at the Sesto San Giovanni race and then improved his personal best by over four minutes at the Dublin Race Walking Grand Prix, coming in fourth place with a time of 1:20:58 hours. As a result of this performance, he was selected to represent Guatemala at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, being one of only two entrants from his country, alongside fellow walker Jamy Franco. In the World Championships 20 km race, he came in tenth place with a time of 1:22:08 hours and was the second best performer from the Americas, behind Luis Fernando López who came third.
At the 2011 Pan American Games in October, he and Jamy Franco completed a Guatemalan double in the men's and women's 20 km walks. Barrondo won the gold medal in a time of 1:21:51 hours, seeing off a challenge from World Championships medalist López. He walked to a personal best in the 20 km at the 2012 Memorial Mario Albisetti, taking third place in 1:18:25 hours.
2012 Summer Olympics
In the London Olympics of 2012 he won Guatemala's first ever Olympic medal. He came in the second place in the 20 kilometers race with the time of 1:18:57, just eleven seconds behind China's Chen Ding, who set a new Olympic record. In the 50 kilometers race he was disqualified by the judges.
After the world championships that took place in Moscow in August 2013, he married racewalker Mirna Ortiz.
Barrondo is the only Olympic medalists in Guatemala's history who is of indigenous descent. In April 2015 radio commentator Julio Reyes was widely criticized after making racist comments online regarding Barrondo's heritage.
|10 km||40:05 min||Katowice||13 Sep 2014|
|20 km||1:18:25 hrs||Lugano||18 Mar 2012|
|50 km||3:41:09 hrs||Dudince||23 Mar 2013|
|10,000 m||40:10.73 min||Ciudad de Guatemala||25 Oct 2013|
|20,000 m||1:34:35.14 hrs||Ciudad de Guatemala||18 Sep 2010|
|2010||Central American Junior Championships||Ciudad de Panamá, Panamá||1st||10,000 m track walk||48:16.69|
|Central American Championships||Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala||4th||20,000 m track walk||1:34:35.14|
|2011||Central American Race Walking Cup||San Salvador, El Salvador||1st||20 km||1:24:34|
|Pan American Race Walking Cup||Envigado, Colombia||2nd||20 km||1:25:56|
|World Championships||Daegu, South Korea||10th||20 km||1:22:08|
|Pan American Games||Guadalajara, México||1st||20 km||1:21:51|
|2012||World Race Walking Cup||Saransk, Russia||—||20 km||DQ|
|Olympic Games||London, United Kingdom||2nd||20 km||1:18:57|
|2013||Dudinska Patdesiatka||Dudince, Slovakia||1st||50 km||3:41:09|
|World Championships||Moscow, Russia||—||20 km||DQ|
|Bolivarian Games||Trujillo, Perú||1st||20 km||1:23:25|
|2014||South American Race Walking Championships||Cochabamba, Bolivia||2nd||20 km||1:26:42 A|
|World Race Walking Cup||Taicang, China||—||20 km||DQ|
|Central American and Caribbean Games||Xalapa, México||—||20 km||DQ|
|1st||50 km||3:49:40 A|
|2015||Pan American Race Walking Cup||Arica, Chile||1st||20 km||1:21:25|
|3rd||Team (20 km)||32 pts|
|Pan American Games||Toronto, Canada||—||20 km||DQ|
|World Championships||Beijing, China||—||50 km||DQ|