Botswana at the 2016 Summer Olympics
|Botswana at the|
2016 Summer Olympics
|NOC||Botswana National Olympic Committee|
|in Rio de Janeiro|
|Competitors||12 in 3 sports|
|Flag bearer||Nijel Amos|
|Summer Olympics appearances (overview)|
Botswana National Olympic Committee sent the nation's largest delegation to the Games. A total of 12 athletes, 9 men and 3 women, were selected to compete only in athletics, judo, and swimming. The nation's team was relatively larger by two thirds of its size from London 2012, where Botswana registered only four athletes.
Among the Botswana athletes on the team were freestyle swimmer Naomi Ruele, and middle-distance runner Nijel Amos, who built a historic milestone as the nation's first ever Olympic medalist, earning a silver in the men's 800 metres. The most successful athlete from London 2012, Amos was selected to lead the team as Botswana's flag bearer into the opening ceremony.
Botswana, however, left Rio de Janeiro without a single medal, failing to reproduce it from the previous Games. The men's 4 × 400 m relay squad, led by top sprinter Isaac Makwala, came close to adding another medal for Botswana, but finished fifth in the final.
Athletics (track and field)Edit
- 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
|Isaac Makwala||400 m||45.91||3 Q||46.60||8||Did not advance|
|Karabo Sibanda||45.56||3 Q||44.47||3 q||44.25||5|
|Baboloki Thebe||45.41||3 Q||DNS||Did not advance|
|Nijel Amos||800 m||1:50.46||7||Did not advance|
|Boitumelo Masilo||1:48.48||6||Did not advance|
|4 × 400 m relay||2:59.35 NR||3 Q||N/A||2:59.06 NR||5|
- Track & road events
|Christine Botlogetswe||400 m||52.37||4||Did not advance|
|Lydia Jele||52.24||4||Did not advance|
Botswana received an invitation from the Tripartite Commission to send a judoka competing in the men's extra-lightweight category (60 kg) to the Olympics, signifying the nation's Olympic debut in the sport.
|Athlete||Event||Round of 64||Round of 32||Round of 16||Quarterfinals||Semifinals||Repechage||Final / BM|
|Gavin Mogopa||Men's −60 kg||Bye|| Petříkov (CZE)
|Did not advance|
Botswana received a Universality invitation from FINA to send two swimmers (one male and one female) to the Olympics, signifying the nation's return to the sport for the second time in history (the first being done in 2008).
|David van der Colff||Men's 100 m backstroke||57.77||35||Did not advance|
|Naomi Ruele||Women's 50 m freestyle||26.23||47||Did not advance|
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