All Team Guam athletes leave Majuro with at least a silver medal
Team Guam Athletics athletes stand atop the medal standings with only six athletes represented during the Games. Photo credit: Riza Tugade

All Team Guam athletes leave Majuro with at least a silver medal

June 27, 2024

Team Guam’s success at the 2024 Micro Games may not have shown on the final medal tally as the small contingent of 32 athletes were overshadowed by the larger contingent from the Northern Marianas, Nauru, Palau, and host Marshall Islands.

Least to say, Guam’s contingent of 20 basketball, 6athletics, 2 beach volleyball, 2 tennis, and 2 spear fishing athletes finished fifth overall garnering 14 gold, 10 silver, and 8 bronze or an average of one medal per athlete.  

Breaking it down, every Team Guam basketball player won a gold medal from the championship match of the 5-aside event.  Eight athletes won two medals each after winning both the men and women’s 3x3 held earlier in the Games.  If you add all the gold medals hanging on each athlete’s neck, the basketball squad went home with a total of 28 gold medals.

Athletics six athletes took top honors in the Track and Field events with a total of 8 gold, 8 silver, and 6 bronze.  They beat out the rest of the field represented by close to 20 or more athletes each.  The team was led by Olympian Regine Tugade who brought in half the gold medal haul winning the Triple Jump, 200m sprint, setting a new games record in the 100m sprint with the winning time, and teaming up with Aleah-Rae Castro, Jeofry Limtiaco, and Jovan Pineda in the4x400m mixed relay premier event for another Guam record.  Pineda took gold in the men’s triple jump and110-meter hurdles, Limtiaco won gold in the men’s 400-meter hurdles, and Castro brought home gold in the women’s 400-meter distance.  The eight silver medals consist of Tugade’s High Jump, Castro’s 100- and 400-meter hurdles, Keira Paz 400-meter, 5000m and 10000-meter-longdistance, Taylor-Ann Santos’ 400 meter and triple jump.    

Spearfishing continued to dominate the event winning their fifth straight Micronesian Games gold medals in both the individual and team events.  Michael Todd Genereaux hauled Ina total of 171.8 pounds from 55 catches to outpace the competition.  The closest competitor was 27 catches with130.9 pounds.

Day two of the spearfishing competition was tough all-around.  Team Guam’s duo of Genereaux and Ray Flores brought back a total of 192.1 lbs. to beat Nauru’s total of 149.4lbs.  

Team Guam Beach Volleyball finished their pool play undefeated but suffered a setback in the gold medal match against the defending champions from Palau.  Kendra Byrd and Lori Okada took the first set of the championship match in an extended game 22-20.  Palau came storming back in the second set21-9, then edged Team Guam in the final set 15-13.

Team Guam Tennis left Majuro with a team silver, individual and doubles event bronze.  The team of Arman Sachdev, Adrian Schembari, and Christian Emil Penafiel bowed to NMI in the gold medal match after being swept in the singles competition.  Sachdev earned the individual bronze and partnered with Schembari for another bronze medal.


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In October 1987, Guam received International Olympic Committee recognition from IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch. The Guam Amateur Sports Federation merged with the newly created Guam National Olympic Committee to form a non-profit sports body.


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