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28 January 2013, 09:26 pm
Guatemalan Has Sights Set On Rio 2016 Podium
Juan Ignacio Maegli at London 2012
Juan Ignacio Maegli at London 2012

Asociación Nacional de Navegación a Vela, Guatemala
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Guatemala's Juan Ignacio Maegli is one of his country's leading Olympians after finishing ninth at London 2012 in the Laser fleet.
Having taken to the Laser in 2007 he sailed at Beijing 2008 where he finished 33rd. With a full Olympic quadrennial under his belt he came into London 2012 with high hopes after a fourth at the 2012 Laser Worlds in Boltenhagen, Germany. A ninth at London 2012 followed but the real target has been further ahead for the 24-year-old.

"Rio 2016 has been the goal since I starter sailing Lasers five years ago," said Maegli. "There's so many good guys in the Laser fleet but I'm striving for the Rio podium and hopefully I'll achieve it."

Maegli carried his country's flag at London 2012 and had the backing of an entire nation behind him, "Before the games we had never won an Olympic medal and it was the goal with four or five athletes in the hunt. Everybody supported us so much and sailing is better known now than it was."

With a Rio 2016 podium on his mind Maegli is hoping he can grow the sport, "Sailing isn't very big right now, there's only about 20 of us that sail back at home right now and I wish it would start growing and hopefully I can do my part in helping that."

Maegli is currently sailing at ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami as he begins his preparations for Rio 2016.

View a full interview with Maegli on ISAF TV here.
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