Bahrain at the 2016 Summer Olympics
|Bahrain at the
2016 Summer Olympics
|NOC||Bahrain Olympic Committee|
|in Rio de Janeiro|
|Competitors||35 in 4 sports|
|Flag bearer||Farhan Saleh|
|Summer Olympics appearances (overview)|
The Bahrain Olympic Committee fielded a team of 35 athletes, 21 men and 14 women, across four different sports at the Games. It was the nation's largest ever delegation sent to the Olympics, roughly a triple of its full roster size at any edition since it debuted in 1984. Among the sports represented by the nation's athletes, Bahrain marked its Olympic debut in wrestling. More than fifty percent of the nation's roster were born outside of Bahrain; majority of its athletes hailed from select African countries, particularly in Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Kenya.
Notable Bahraini athletes featured sprinters Abubakar Abbas and Ali Khamis in the men's 400 metres, London 2012 Olympians Mimi Belete and Shitaye Eshete (both came from Ethiopia), Kenyan-born marathon runner and 2015 world bronze medalist Eunice Kirwa, Jamaican-born sprinters Kemarley Brown and Andrew Fisher, Russian-born freestyle wrestler Adam Batirov, and freestyle swimmer Farhan Saleh, who was selected by the committee to carry the nation's flag at the opening ceremony, the first by a male since 2004.
Bahrain left Rio de Janeiro with two medals (one gold and one silver), signifying its most successful outcome in Olympic history. These medals were awarded to Bahrain's first ever Olympic champion Ruth Jebet in the women's 3000 m steeplechase, and Kirwa, who earned a silver in the women's marathon.
|Gold||Ruth Jebet||Athletics||Women's 3000 m steeplechase||15 August|
|Silver||Eunice Kirwa||Athletics||Women's marathon||14 August|
Bahraini athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event): The track and field team was named on May 11, 2016, including track star Abubakar Abbas, 2014 Asian Games champion Kemi Adekoya, and two-time silver medalist Mimi Belete.
- 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
- NM = No mark
- Track & road events
|Kemarley Brown||100 m||Bye||10.13||1 Q||10.13||5||Did not advance|
|Andrew Fisher||Bye||10.12||2 Q||DSQ||Did not advance|
|Salem Eid Yaqoob||200 m||20.19||1 Q||N/A||20.43||5||Did not advance|
|Abubakar Abbas||400 m||DSQ||N/A||Did not advance|
|Ali Khamis||45.12||1 Q||N/A||44.49||3 q||44.36 NR||6|
|Abraham Rotich||800 m||DSQ||N/A||Did not advance|
|Benson Seurei||1500 m||3:38.82||7 q||N/A||3:40.53||8||Did not advance|
|Zouhair Aouad||5000 m||DNF||N/A||Did not advance|
|Birhanu Balew||13:19.83||4 Q||N/A||13:09.26||9|
|Albert Kibichii Rop||13:24.95||2 Q||N/A||13:08.79||7|
|Nelson Cherutich||3000 m steeplechase||8:35.87||9||N/A||Did not advance|
|John Kibet Koech||8:28.81||6||N/A||Did not advance|
|Hassan Chani||10000 m||N/A||DNF|
|El Hassan El-Abbassi||N/A||28:20.17||26|
- Track & road events
|Hajar Alkhaldi||100 m||Bye||11.59||6||Did not advance|
|Iman Essa Jasim||Bye||11.72||7||Did not advance|
|Edidiong Odiong||200 m||22.74||1 Q||N/A||22.84||6||Did not advance|
|Oluwakemi Adekoya||400 m||50.72||2 Q||N/A||50.88||4||Did not advance|
|Tigist Gashaw||1500 m||4:10.96||11||N/A||Did not advance|
|Mimi Belete||5000 m||15:29.72||10||N/A||Did not advance|
|Dalila Abdulkadir Gosa||DNS||N/A||Did not advance|
|Ruth Jebet||3000 m steeplechase||9:12.62||1 Q||N/A||8:59.75|
|Tigest Mekonin||9:49.92||12||N/A||Did not advance|
|Mahmood Haji||Men's 50 m rifle prone||612.6||46||Did not advance|
Qualification Legend: Q = Qualify for the next round; q = Qualify for the bronze medal (shotgun)
|Farhan Saleh||Men's 50 m freestyle||24.61||58||Did not advance|
|Fatema Almahmeed||Women's 50 m freestyle||32.28||74||Did not advance|
Bahrain has qualified one wrestler for the men's freestyle 65 kg into the Olympic competition as a result of his semifinal triumph at the initial meet of the World Qualification Tournament in Istanbul, signifying the nation's debut in the sport.
- VT – Victory by Fall.
- PP – Decision by Points – the loser with technical points.
- PO – Decision by Points – the loser without technical points.
- ST – Technical superiority – the loser without technical points and a margin of victory of at least 8 (Greco-Roman) or 10 (freestyle) points.
- SP – Technical superiority – the loser with technical points and a margin of victory of at least 8 (Greco-Roman) or 10 (freestyle) points.
- Men's freestyle
|Athlete||Event||Qualification||Round of 16||Quarterfinal||Semifinal||Repechage 1||Repechage 2||Final / BM|
|Adam Batirov||−65 kg||Bye|| Navruzov (UZB)
L 1–3 PP
|Did not advance||14|
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