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Belize at the 2012 Summer Olympics

Belize competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, which were held from 27 July to 12 August 2012. The country's participation in London was its eleventh appearance in the Summer Olympics since its debut at the 1968 Summer Olympics. The delegation included two short-distance runners and one judoka: Kenneth Medwood, Kaina Martinez and Eddermys Sanchez. Medwood qualified by recording a time that met qualification standards while the latter two entered through wildcard places. Medwood was selected as the flag bearer for both the opening and closing ceremonies. Medwood reached the semifinals of the men's 400 metres hurdles before he was eliminated from competition while Martinez did not progress farther than the quarterfinal stage of the women's 100 metres. Sanchez was defeated by his opponent Miklós Ungvári of Hungary in a 19-second match in the Round of 32 of the men's half-lightweight judo competition.

Belize at the
2012 Summer Olympics
Flag of Belize.svg
IOC code BIZ
NOC Belize Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association
in London
Competitors 3 in 2 sports
Flag bearer Kenneth Medwood
Medals
Gold Silver Bronze Total
0 0 0 0
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Contents

BackgroundEdit

Belize participated in eleven Summer Olympic Games between its debut at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City and the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England, with the exception of the 1980 Summer Olympics in the Soviet Union[1] because the country joined the United States-led boycott over the 1979 invasion of Afghanistan during the Soviet–Afghan War.[2] Belize participated in the London Summer Olympics from 27 July to 12 August 2012.[3] Belize sent their largest delegation, 11 athletes, to the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.[1] No Belizean athlete has ever won a medal at the Olympic Games.[1]

The Belize National Olympic Committee (NOC) selected two athletes via qualification standards. An NOC would be able to enter up to three qualified athletes in each individual event as long as each athlete met the "A" standard, or one athlete per event if they met the "B" standard.[4] The Belizean team at the London Summer Games featured two short-distance sprinters and one judoka: Kenneth Medwood in the men's 400 metres hurdles, Kaina Martinez in the women's 100 metres and Eddermys Sanchez in the men's half-lightweight judo (66 kg) competition.[3] The trio were announced by the Belize Olympic & Commonwealth Games Association on 21 February 2012,[5] and were selected from athletes in ten sports.[6] Along with the three athletes, the delegation consisted of chef de mission Owen Sonny Meighan, attaché Andrew Wingmore, delegate Josephine Flowers, coaches Colin Thurton and Wellington Chee, and Thomas Searle, the team's doctor.[5] Medwood was selected as the flag bearer for both the opening and closing ceremonies.[7]

AthleticsEdit

 
Kaina Martinez reached the quarterfinals of the women's 100 metres.

Kenneth Medwood was the youngest person to represent Belize at the London Games at age 24.[3] He had not participated in any previous Olympic Games.[8] Medwood qualified for the Games because his fastest time of 49.54 seconds, recorded at the Mt. San Antonio College in April 2012, was 0.26 seconds quicker the "B" qualifying standard for his event, the men's 400 metres.[4][9] He competed in the event's first heat on 3 August, finishing fourth out of eight athletes, with a time of 49.78 seconds. Medwood's performance allowed him to qualify for the contest's semifinal stage as the fastest losing runner.[10] In the semifinals the following day, he placed fifth out of eight runners, with a time of 49.87 seconds. Medwood finished in front of Ukraine's Stanislav Melnykov (50.19 seconds) but behind Emir Bekrić from Serbia (49.62 seconds) in a heat led by eventual bronze medallist Javier Culson of Puerto Rico (47.93 seconds).[10] Overall he finished 17th out of 46 runners,[a] and did not advance to the final after finishing 1.92 seconds slower than the slowest participant who made the last stage.[10] After his event, Medwood said to Great Belize Television that the games were "a great experience" which were something she had anticipated but that "it was an experience in itself because I've never been to the Games."[11]

At the age of 26, Kaina Martinez was the sole female athlete on the Belize Olympic team.[3] She made her first appearance in the Olympic Games.[12] Martinez qualified for the London Games because her quickest time of 11.74 seconds, set at the 2011 Central American Championships in Athletics, was 0.36 seconds slower than the "B" qualifying standard for her contest, the women's 100 metres.[4][13] Before the Games she stated that she felt satisfied and attempted not to get excessive anxiety by relaxing and mediating.[14] Martinez was drawn in the second heat in the event's preliminary stage, finishing second out of eight runners, with a time of 11.81 seconds. Her time allowed her to qualify for the first round.[15] She placed eighth (and last) in the contest's seventh heat with a time of 11.89 seconds. Martinez finished behind Delphine Atangana of Cameroon (11.82 seconds) in a heat led by the Ivory Coast's Murielle Ahouré (10.99 seconds).[15] Overall Martinez ranked 51st out of 78 athletes[b] and could not advance to the semifinal after finishing 0.81 seconds slower than the slowest runner who progressed to the later stages.[15] After the Olympics she said: "It's an awesome experience. I mean words can really describe honestly how I feel being here and being a part of the competition. I just think it's an awesome experience."[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
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round
Men
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Kenneth Medwood 400 m hurdles 49.78 4 q 49.87 5 Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Kaina Martinez 100 m 11.81 2 Q 11.89 8 Did not advance

JudoEdit

 
Eddermys Sanchez competed in the men's half-lightweight judo competition.

Eddermys Sanchez represented Belize in men's judo.[3] He qualified by being awarded an invitational place by the Tripartite Commission in June 2012.[17] Sanchez took part in the men's half-lightweight class, which included athletes under 66 kilograms in weight. He was the oldest person to represent Belize at the London Games at the age of 32,[3] and made his first appearance in the quadrennial event.[18] Sanchez faced Miklós Ungvári of Hungary in the Round of 32 after receiving a bye and was defeated by his opponent after 19 seconds and therefore eliminated from the competition.[19]

Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Eddermys Sanchez Men's −66 kg Bye   Ungvári (HUN)
L 0000–0010
Did not advance

NotesEdit

  1. ^ One athlete did not finish, four were disqualified and one did not start.[10]
  2. ^ One athlete, Noor Al-Malki, did not finish.[15]

ReferencesEdit

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  11. ^ "Kenneth Medwood’s hurdles at the Olympics". Great Belize Television. 6 August 2012. Archived from the original on 20 February 2017. Retrieved 19 February 2017. 
  12. ^ "Kaina Martinez". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 3 December 2016. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
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  14. ^ "Belizean athlete ready for Olympic trials". Great Belize Television. 31 July 2012. Archived from the original on 20 February 2017. Retrieved 19 February 2017. 
  15. ^ a b c d "Track and Field / Womenʼs 100m". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 20 February 2017. Retrieved 19 February 2017. 
  16. ^ Bain, Delahnie (3 August 2012). "Kaina Martinez runs proudly for Belize in Olympic Trial". Great Belize Television. Archived from the original on 20 February 2017. Retrieved 19 February 2017. 
  17. ^ "Invited Country to take part in the London Games". International Judo Federation. 12 June 2012. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 19 February 2017. 
  18. ^ "Eddermys Sanchez". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 3 December 2016. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  19. ^ "Olympics: Sanchez Taken Down In Seconds". 7 News Belize. 30 July 2012. Archived from the original on 20 February 2017. Retrieved 19 February 2017.