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Benin at the 2016 Summer Olympics

Benin competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. This was the nation's eleventh appearance at the Summer Olympics, with the exception of the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal because of the African boycott.

Benin at the
2016 Summer Olympics
Flag of Benin.svg
IOC codeBEN
NOCBenin National Olympic and Sports Committee
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors6 in 4 sports
Flag bearerYémi Apithy[1]
Medals
Gold
0
Silver
0
Bronze
0
Total
0
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Sabre fencer Yémi Apithy led the Benin team in the opening ceremony.

Benin National Olympic and Sports Committee selected a team of six athletes, four men and two women, for the Games, competing in athletics, fencing, judo, and swimming. All of them made their maiden Olympic appearance, with sabre fencer Yémi Apithy leading the Benin team as the nation's flag bearer in the opening ceremony.[1][2] Benin, however, has yet to win its first Olympic medal.

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Athletics (track and field)Edit

Benin athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event):[3][4]

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 Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Didier Kiki Men's 200 m 22.27 7 Did not advance
Noélie Yarigo Women's 800 m 1:59.12 4 q 1:59.78 5 Did not advance

FencingEdit

Following the completion of the Grand Prix finals, Benin has entered one fencer into the Olympic competition. Yémi Apithy claimed an Olympic spot in the men's sabre as one of the two highest-ranked fencers from Africa outside the world's top 14 in the FIE Adjusted Official Rankings, signifying the country's debut in the sport.[5]

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Yémi Apithy Men's sabre   Hartung (GER)
L 9–15
Did not advance

JudoEdit

Benin has qualified one judoka for the men's middleweight category (90 kg) at the Games. Celtus Dossou Yovo earned a continental quota spot from the African region as Benin's top-ranked judoka outside of direct qualifying position in the IJF World Ranking List of May 30, 2016.[6][7]

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
Celtus Dossou Yovo Men's −90 kg Bye   Dias (POR)
W 100–001
  Nyman (SWE)
L 000–100
Did not advance

SwimmingEdit

Benin has received a Universality invitation from FINA to send two swimmers (one male and one female) to the Olympics.[2][8][9]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Jules Bessan Men's 50 m freestyle 27.32 77 Did not advance
Laraïba Seibou Women's 50 m freestyle 33.01 77 Did not advance

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Le Côte-d'Orien Yémi Apithy sera le porte-drapeau du Bénin à Rio !" [Côte-d'Orien's Yémi Apithy will be Bénin's flag bearer in Rio] (in French). Le Bien Public. 1 August 2016. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b Tolomissi, Damien (27 May 2016). "Jeux Olympiques de Rio 2016 : Six athlètes béninois déjà qualifiés" [2016 Olympics: Six Benin athletes qualified] (in French). Bénin Monde Infos. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  3. ^ "iaaf.org – Top Lists". IAAF. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  4. ^ "IAAF Games of the XXX Olympiad – Rio 2016 Entry Standards" (PDF). IAAF. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Russia top as Olympic qualification by ranking ends". FIE. 5 April 2016. Archived from the original on 17 April 2016. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  6. ^ "IJF Officially Announces Qualified Athletes for Rio 2016 Olympic Games". International Judo Federation. 23 June 2016. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  7. ^ Tolomissi, Damien (23 May 2016). "Jeux olympiques 2016 : Celtus Dossou-Yovo (-90kg), le nouveau qualifié pour le judo" [2016 Olympics: Celtus Dossou-Yovo (−90kg), newly qualified in judo] (in French). Bénin Monde Infos. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Swimming World Rankings". FINA. Archived from the original on 6 January 2011. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Rio 2016 – FINA Swimming Qualification System" (PDF). Rio 2016. FINA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 February 2015. Retrieved 23 January 2015.

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