BAYONNE, NJ – Bayonne swimmer Jonathan Gomez was presented with honors from municipal, county and state officials recognizing his participation in the 2016 Summer Olympics at a ceremony hosted by the Bayonne Hispanic Association (BHA) Aug. 17 at the Bayonne Community Museum.
Bayonne Mayor James Davis issued a proclamation declaring the day of Aug. 19 in Bayonne in Gomez’s honor.
At the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Gomez, 20, finished 15th in the 200-meter butterfly competition with a 1:56.65 time. He is a native of Colombia and competed for its national team.
"We are proud of Jonathan. He's an inspiration to all young men and women," said BHA founder Abett Hernandez on behalf of her and association board members.
Gomez said he was honored by the ceremony and noted that his achievements were made possible by his Bayonne coach, Mohamed Abdelaal, and his team, the Scarlet Aquatic Swim Club.
At the ceremony, Gomez described the rigorous training and sacrifice it takes to become an Olympic athlete and said his sights are already focused on the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.