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Bhutan at the 2012 Summer Olympics

Bhutan competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, from 27 July to 12 August 2012. This marked the nation's eighth appearance at the Summer Olympics since its debut in the 1984 Summer Olympics, and the first in which the nation competed in a sport other than archery. The Bhutanese delegation included archer Sherab Zam and shooter Kunzang Choden. Zam was the flag bearer for both the opening and closing ceremonies. Neither of Bhutan's athletes progressed beyond the first round of their events. Bhutan was one of only two countries to have a female-only team at the 2012 Games.

Bhutan at the
2012 Summer Olympics
Flag of Bhutan.svg
IOC code BHU
NOC Bhutan Olympic Committee
Website bhutanolympiccommittee.org
in London
Competitors 2 in 2 sports
Flag bearer Sherab Zam
Medals
Gold Silver Bronze Total
0 0 0 0
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Contents

BackgroundEdit

Bhutan, a country in Southern Asia, participated in eight Summer Olympic games between its debut in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, United States and the 2012 Summer Olympics in London,[1] The highest number of Bhutanese athletes participating in a summer games is six[1] in both the 1984 Summer Olympics and the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.[2][3] As of 2012, no Bhutanese athlete has ever won a medal at the Olympics.[1] Two athletes from Bhutan qualified for the London games; Sherab Zam in the women's individual archery competition and Kunzang Choden in the women's 10 metre air rifle.[4][5] Zam qualified after receiving a wild-card place from the Tripartite Commission.[6][7] Choden also received a wild-card place for her entry.[8][9] The two athletes were accompanied by their coaches; Tshering Choden for Zam and Dorji Phurba for Choden; as well as several Bhutan Olympic Committee officials.[10] Bhutan, along with Chad, was one of only two nations with only female athletes at the 2012 games.[11]

ArcheryEdit

 
The Lord's Cricket Ground, where Zam competed in her events

The 2012 Summer Games marked Sherab Zam's Olympic debut.[12] She was the flag bearer at both the opening and closing ceremonies.[13][14] She qualified for the individual archery competition after receiving a wildcard from the Tripartite Commission.[6] In an interview with Reuters before the games Zam said that "Participation is more important than winning a medal."[8] Zam spent time in South Korea and India preparing for the games.[8] The archery events at the 2012 games were held at the Lord's Cricket Ground.[15] Zam competed on 27 July in the ranking round, finishing 61st out of 64 competitors with 589 points. She scored 82 points less than the leading competitor, Ki Bo-bae of South Korea.[16] Zam competed against American Khatuna Lorig, the fourth ranking athlete in the ranking round, in the round of 64. Lorig beat Zam three sets to none in about six minutes.[12][17] This meant Zam was eliminated from the competition.[12] After the games Zam said: "I am not that good at archery but I love it. It was so good to meet world ranking archers who are famous and to watch how they do it. I have learnt a lot from them," and that, "When I grew up I never dreamt I would come to London, let alone compete in an Olympics. This just shows that anything is possible. The Olympics is great for that."[18]

Athlete Event Ranking round Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Score Seed Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Sherab Zam Women's individual 589 61   Lorig (USA) (4)
L 0–6
Did not advance

ShootingEdit

Kunzang Choden also made her Olympic debut at the 2012 games.[19] She qualified for the 10 metre air rifle event after receiving a wild card from the Tripartite Commission.[8] Before the games Choden said that, "Bhutan is just a small country of just 700,000. There is a lot of pressure on us but we must be realistic about our chances. We just want to do well."[8] Choden spent time in Germany and Bangladesh preparing for the games.[8] On July 28 Choden competed in the qualification round of her event. She finished 56th out of 56 athletes with a score of 381 points.[20] She scored 18 points less the two equal highest scoring athlete, Sylwia Bogacka of Poland and Yi Siling of China.[20] Choden scored 16 points less than Czech Kateřina Emmons who was the lowest scoring qualifier for the final and therefore her competition ended at the qualifying round.[19] In an interview with Reuters after the games Choden said: "I really enjoyed it. Now we can see how hard we need to work to be really good."[18]

Athlete Event Qualification Final
Points Rank Points Rank
Kunzang Choden Women's 10 m air rifle 381 56 Did not advance

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ "Sports Reference – Barcelona 1992 – Bhutan". Sports Reference. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "Sports Reference – London 2012 – Bhutan – Archery". Sports Reference. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "Sports Reference – London 2012 – Bhutan – Shooting". Sports Reference. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Invitation places for London 2012 Olympic Games". World Archery Federation. Archived from the original on 11 September 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  7. ^ Rahim, Abdul (4 August 2012). "Key facts and numbers after each competition and the archery from A to Z!". theolympicssports.com. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f Goldsmith, Belinda (25 May 2012). "Olympics-Happiness for Bhutan Olympians is not golden". Reuters. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  9. ^ "A woman shooter chases Bhutan’s Olympic dream". Business Bhutan. 28 April 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  10. ^ "Bhutanese Olympic team receives warm welcome". Bhutan Broadcasting Service. 25 July 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  11. ^ Magnay, Jacquelin (11 August 2012). "London 2012 Olympics diary: three countries have failed to send any female athletes". The Telegraph. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  12. ^ a b c "Sherab Zam on Sports Reference". Sports Reference. Retrieved 29 July 2016. 
  13. ^ "London 2012 Opening Ceremony – Flag Bearers" (PDF). Olympics. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  14. ^ "London 2012 Closing Ceremony – Flag Bearers" (PDF). Olympics. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 August 2016. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  15. ^ "Archery / Olympic Sports". London 2012. Archived from the original on 4 June 2010. Retrieved 3 August 2016. 
  16. ^ "Archery at the 2012 London Summer Games: Women's Individual Ranking Round". Sports Reference. Retrieved 29 July 2016. 
  17. ^ Butler, Eddie (2 August 2012). "Bhutan bow out of London Olympics after archery defeat". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  18. ^ a b Goldsmith, Belinda (5 August 2012). "Bhutan is happy to be one of smallest nations at Games". Special Broadcasting Service. Archived from the original on 6 August 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  19. ^ a b "Kunzang Choden on Sports Reference". Sports Reference. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  20. ^ a b "Shooting at the 2012 London Summer Games: Women's Air Rifle, 10 metres Qualification". Sports Reference. Retrieved 30 July 2016.