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Botswana at the 2016 Summer Olympics

Botswana competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, from August 5 to 21, 2016. This was the nation's tenth consecutive appearance at the Summer Olympics.

Botswana at the
2016 Summer Olympics
Flag of Botswana.svg
IOC codeBOT
NOCBotswana National Olympic Committee
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors12 in 3 sports
Flag bearerNijel Amos[1]
Medals
Gold
0
Silver
0
Bronze
0
Total
0
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.[2]

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.[1]

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.[3]

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Athletics (track and field)Edit

Botswana athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event):[4][5][6]

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

Men
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
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
Nijel Amos
Isaac Makwala
Leaname Maotoanong
Onkabetse Nkobolo
Karabo Sibanda
Baboloki Thebe
4 × 400 m relay 2:59.35 NR 3 Q N/A 2:59.06 NR 5
Women
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Christine Botlogetswe 400 m 52.37 4 Did not advance
Lydia Jele 52.24 4 Did not advance

JudoEdit

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.[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
Gavin Mogopa Men's −60 kg Bye   Petříkov (CZE)
L 000–110
Did not advance

SwimmingEdit

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).[8][9][10][11]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Amos Botswana flag bearer". Botswana Daily News. 5 August 2016. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  2. ^ Mouwane, Tumelo (23 May 2016). "Two More Athletes Qualify For Rio". Mmegi. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  3. ^ Klein, Alyssa (20 August 2016). "Botswana Came Heartbreakingly Close to Winning a Medal in the Men's 4×400 Relay". OkayAfrica.com. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  4. ^ "iaaf.org – Top Lists". IAAF. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  5. ^ "IAAF Games of the XXX Olympiad – Rio 2016 Entry Standards" (PDF). IAAF. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Botswana: BAA Hails Athletes". AllAfrica.com. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  7. ^ Kolantsho, Calistus (22 July 2016). "Olopeng to announce Olympics team". Mmegi. Retrieved 25 July 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.
  10. ^ "Naomi Ruele Becomes Botswana's First Olympic Swimmer". Swimming World Magazine. 9 July 2016. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  11. ^ "Randy Horner of Florida International to Coach Botswana's Olympic Swimmers". Swimming World Magazine. 15 July 2016. Retrieved 16 July 2016.

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