Liemarvin Bonevacia, born in Curacao on April 5, 1989, was chosen to represent Curacao at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
This dedicated athlete, member of the athletic club Trupial, has shown a lot of perseverance during the past years. He started running mid and long distances at the age of 17. He participated in several track races in the 800, 1500 and 5000 meter distances and also road races over distances of 5,000 meters (Klip Kleun 18:31.0) and 10,000 meters (Fatumloop 39:47.0).
He is also a member of the local relay team that has set a 4 x 400-meter record (3:15.66) in Florida on July 11, 2010. He was awarded a scholarship for the University of UNE (Universidad del Este) in Puerto Rico, where he specialized in the 400 meters and he also ran the 200 meters. He has had some great successes in Puerto Rico with his athletic performances.
Liemarvin’s breakthrough came in May 2012 at the Juntas de Atletismo 2012 where he won the 400m race setting personnel best of 46.11, which also broke the national record that was set at 46.13 by Churandy Martina. Shortly afterwards, on April 28, 2012, at the Grand Prix in Medellin, Colombia, he broke his own personnel best by running at 45.77. With this time Liemarvin met the B qualification standard for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
On his path to London, Liemarvin has participated in various meets, for example the Dutch Championships (400m in 46.61) and Liège, Belgium (300m in 32.98).
Currently Liemarvin is ranked number 25 on the CACAC (Central America an Caribbean Athletic Confederation) and 81 in the IAAF world ranking list.
Together with his personnel coach, the Cuban Juan Manuel, Liemarvin is preparing to come out for his country at the 2012 Olympics, although he has to do this under the Olympic flag.
Curacao is proud of its son and wishes Liemarvin all the best during Olympic games!