Albania at the 2012 Summer Olympics

Albania competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom from 27 July to 12 August 2012. This was the nation's seventh appearance at the Olympics since its debut in 1972. The National Olympic Committee of Albania sent a total of 11 athletes to the Games, seven men and four women, to compete in four sports. Weightlifter Hysen Pulaku was officially removed from the team on the first day, after failing a drug test for the banned anabolic steroid substance, as announced by the International Olympic Committee.[1] Albania, however, has yet to win its first ever Olympic medal.

Albania at the
2012 Summer Olympics
Flag of Albania.svg
NOCAlbanian National Olympic Committee  (in Albanian)
in London
Competitors11 in 5 sports
Flag bearer Romela Begaj
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)


Albania has qualified 1 female quota place, and selected 1 male athlete by wildcard.

  • Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
  • Q = Qualified for the next round
  • q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
  • NR = National record
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Klodiana Shala[2] Women's 200 m Withdrew due to injury
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Adriatik Hoxha Men's shot put 17.58 37 Did not advance


Albania had not initially qualified a judoka, but due to the International Olympic Committee's refusal to allow Kosovars of Albanian ethnicity to represent Kosovo[a] or to compete as independent athletes, Majlinda Kelmendi represented Albania at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[3]

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Majlinda Kelmendi Women's −52 kg   Sundberg (FIN)
W 0020–0001
  Legentil (MRI)
L 0101–1001
Did not advance


Athlete Event Qualification Final
Points Rank Points Rank
Arben Kucana Men's 10 m air pistol 577 20 Did not advance
Men's 50 m pistol 524 37 Did not advance


Albanian swimmers are invited. One men and female.

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Sidni Hoxha Men's 100 m freestyle 51.11 NR 37 Did not advance
Noel Borshi Women's 100 m butterfly 1:05.49 40 Did not advance


Albania has qualified three men and one female quota places.[4] On 28 July, the International Olympic Committee announced that Hysen Pulaku had tested positive for stanozolol, a banned anabolic steroid, and consequently ejected him from the games.[1]

Athlete Event Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank
Briken Calja[5] Men's −69 kg 143 12 177 7 320 9
Daniel Godelli[5] 142 DNF DNF
Endri Karina[a][5] Men's −94 kg 155 15 195 14 350 14
Romela Begaj[5] Women's −58 kg 101 7 115 12 216 11

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a.   ^ The Albanian weightlifter, Erkand Qerimaj, resulted positive in the anti-doping test at the European Championship in Antalya, where he was found European Champion for 77 kg.[6] He provisionally is suspended and replaced by Endri Karina.[7]
b.   ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the 2013 Brussels Agreement. Kosovo is currently recognized as an independent state by 97 out of the 193 United Nations member states. In total, 112 UN member states recognized Kosovo at some point, of which 15 later withdrew their recognition.


  1. ^ a b Reuters. "Hysen Pulaku becomes first doping cheat of London Olympics". The Times of India. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Skuadra olimpike". balkanweb. Archived from the original on 3 February 2016. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  3. ^ Kosovarja Majlinda Kelmendi do përfaqësojë Shqipërinë në Lojërat Olimpike Archived 28 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine, Tema, 2012-05-25 (in Albanian)
  4. ^ Men's Weightlifting Quotas
  5. ^ a b c d Përcaktohet ekipi i Londrës, Vizion Plus, 2012-04-26 (in Albanian)
  6. ^ Erkand Qerimaj, positive in doping test Archived 29 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine, Top Channel, 24 May 2012
  7. ^ Përjashtohet Erkand Qerimaj, Top Channel, 2012-06-07 (in Albanian)

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