Albania at the 2020 Summer Olympics

Albania (ALB) competed at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, represented by the Albanian National Olympic Committee (KOKSH). Originally scheduled to take place from 24 July to 9 August 2020, the Games were postponed to 23 July to 8 August 2021, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.[1]

Albania at the
2020 Summer Olympics
Flag of Albania.svg
IOC codeALB
NOCAlbanian National Olympic Committee
Websitenocalbania.org.al (in Albanian)
in Tokyo, Japan
July 23, 2021 (2021-07-23) – August 8, 2021 (2021-08-08)
Competitors9 in 6 sports
Flag bearers (opening)Luiza Gega
Briken Calja
Flag bearer (closing)N/A
Medals
Gold
0
Silver
0
Bronze
0
Total
0
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Up to this point, the nation had participated in the Summer Olympic Games on eight occasions since its first appearance in 1972. A total of nine athletes, six men and three women, were selected by the national committee to compete in six sports.

Four athletes qualified based on their results, including track star Luiza Gega, who won Gold at the 2018 Mediterranean Games in the 3000m steeplechase run. It was her second participation at the Summer Olympics.[2] [3]

In weightlifting, Albania competed with two men. Briken Calja, the European Weightlifting Champion from 2018, competed in the Men's 73 kg category, while Erkand Qerimaj competed in the Men's 81 kg competition.[4] [5] The best result was achieved by Birken Calja, who finished 4th after lifting 342kg. This marks Albania's highest finishing position at an event in their history at the Summer Olympics.[6] [7]

Another notable achievement came from Luiza Gega, who qualified for the Finals in Athletics, being the first athlete to do so.[8] In the end, she finished the finals in 13th, with a time of 9:34.10.[9]

Despite significant improvements from previous Olympics, Albania remains without an Olympic medal.[10] [11]

BackgroundEdit

Prior to the 2020 games, Albania had sent a delegation to eight Summer Olympic Games. The Albanian National Olympic Committee (KOKSH) was recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on 1 January 1959.[12] The nation made its debut appearance at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany, and missed the following editions, before returning for the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.[12]

CompetitorsEdit

The following table lists the number of competitors for Albania in the 2020 Summer Olympics.[13] The nation's team for the 2020 games was composed of six male and three female competitors, including athletes Izmir Smajlaj and Luiza Gega, gymnast Matvei Petrov, judoka Indrit Cullahj, shooter Manuela Delilaj, swimmers Kledi Kadiu and Nikol Merizaj as well as weightlifters Briken Calja and Erkand Qerimaj.[14]

Sport Men Women Total
Athletics 1 1 2
Gymnastics 1 0 1
Judo 1 0 1
Shooting 0 1 1
Swimming 1 1 2
Weightlifting 2 0 2
Total 6 3 9

AthleticsEdit

Albanian athletes further achieved the entry standards, by world ranking (one female) or by Universality place (one man), in the following track and field events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event):[15][16]

Key
  • 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 Final
Result Rank Result Rank
Luiza Gega Women's 3000 m steeplechase 9:23.85 SB 5 q 9:34.10 13
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Izmir Smajlaj Men's long jump 7.86 17 Did not advance

GymnasticsEdit

ArtisticEdit

Albania received an invitation from the Tripartite Commission to send a male gymnast to the Games, marking the country's debut in the sport. Matvei Petrov entered the men's pommel horse and finished tenth in the qualification round, failing to qulify for the final but being listed as first reserve.[17]

Athlete Event Qualification Final
Apparatus Total Rank Apparatus Total Rank
F PH R V PB HB F PH R V PB HB
Matvei Petrov Pommel horse 14.733 14.733 10 Did not advance

JudoEdit

Albania entered one male judoka into the Olympic tournament after International Judo Federation awarded them a tripartite commission quota.

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Indrit Cullhaj Men's −66 kg   Chinchila (CRC)
L 00–11
Did not advance

ShootingEdit

Albania was represented by Manuela Delilaj in the shooting tournament of the 2020 Summer Olympics.[14] The nation received an invitation from the Tripartite Commission (TC) to send a women's air pistol shooter to the games, as long as the minimum qualifying score (MQS) was fulfilled by June 2021.[18] Delilaj competed in the women's 10 m air pistol category on 25 July 2021 and was ranked 37 overall.[19]

Athlete Event Qualification Final
Points Rank Points Rank
Manuela Delilaj Women's 10 m air pistol 565 37 Did not advance
Women's 25 m pistol 556 44 Did not advance

SwimmingEdit

Albania was represented by Kledi Kadiu and Nikol Merizaj in the swimming tournament of the 2020 Summer Olympics.[14] The nation received a universality invitation from International Swimming Federation (FINA) to send two top-ranked swimmers in their respective individual events to the games based on the federation's points system of July 2021.[20] Kadiu competed in the men's 100 m freestyle category on 27 July 2021 and was ranked 52 overall.[21] Following this on 30 July, Merizaj participated in the women's 50 m freestyle category and eventually finished 42 overall.[22]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Kledi Kadiu Men's 100 m freestyle 51.65 52 Did not advance
Nikol Merizaj Women's 50 m freestyle 26.21 42 Did not advance

WeightliftingEdit

Albania will be represented by Briken Calja and Erkand Qerimaj in the weightlifting tournament of the 2020 Summer Olympics.[14] The nations weightlifters qualified for two quota places based on the 2020 rankings qualification list of June 2021.[23] Calja competed in the men's 73kg category on 28 July 2021 and was ranked fourth overall,[24] narrowly missing out the country's first ever olympic medal.

Athlete Event Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank
Briken Calja Men's −73 kg 151 7 190 4 341 4
Erkand Qerimaj Men's −81 kg 157 11 181 9 338 9

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