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Cape Verde at the 2012 Summer Olympics

Cape Verde competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics which were held in London, United Kingdom from 27 July to 12 August 2012.[1] The country's participation at London marked its fifth appearance in the Summer Olympics since its debut in 1996.[1] The delegation included Ruben Sança, a long-distance runner; Lidiane Lopes, a sprinter; and Adysângela Moniz, a judoka. Moniz and Sança were also selected as the flag bearers for the opening and closing ceremonies respectively.[2] Of the three Cape Verdean athletes, only Moniz progressed further than the first round.[3][4]

Cape Verde at the
2012 Summer Olympics
Flag of Cape Verde.svg
IOC code CPV
NOC Comité Olímpico Caboverdeano
in London
Competitors 3 in 2 sports
Flag bearer Adysângela Moniz (opening)
Ruben Sança (closing)
Medals
Gold Silver Bronze Total
0 0 0 0
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Contents

BackgroundEdit

Cape Verde participated in five Summer Olympic games between its debut in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, US and the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.[1] The highest number of Cape Verdean athletes participating in a summer games is three[1] in the 1996 games in Atlanta, US, the 2004 games in Athens, Greece and in the 2012 games in London.[5][6][7] No Cape Verdean athlete has ever won a medal at the Olympics.[1] Three athletes from Cape Verde were selected to compete in the London games; Ruben Sança in the track and field 5000 m, Lidiane Lopes in the track and field 100 m and Adysângela Moniz in the judo +78kg.[3][4]

AthleticsEdit

Cape Verde was represented by one male athlete at the 2012 Olympics in athletics – Ruben Sança, a 5000 metres runner.[3] Making his Olympic debut at these Games, Sança was given a university place after previously competing in the marathon at the 2011 World Championships[8] and the 1500 meters at the 2009 Lusophony Games.[9] He competed on 8 August in the 5000 metres event,[10] finishing last out of 21 athletes in heat two in a time of 14 minutes and 35.19 seconds.[10] He was 1 minute and 20.04 seconds behind the winner of his heat, Dejen Gebremeskel. Overall he finished 40th out of 43 athletes,[a] and he was 1 minute and 13.98 seconds slower than the slowest athlete that progressed to the final round and, therefore, that was the end of his competition.[10]

 
The London Olympic Stadium, where Sança and Lopes competed in track and field events

Competing at her first Olympics,[11] Lidiane Lopes was the youngest ever competitor for Cape Verde at the Olympics, aged 17.[1] She competed in the 100 meters on 3 August.[12] Lopes was drawn into heat four[12] and ran a time of 12.72 seconds and finished fourth in her preliminary heat, 1.12 seconds behind the winner, Toea Wisil.[12] She finished 17th out of 33 athletes overall and was 0.48 seconds behind the slowest athlete who progressed to the heats.[13] Therefore, Lopes did not progress to the heats.[13]

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
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Ruben Sança Men's 5000 m 14:35.19 21 N/A Did not advance
Lidiane Lopes Women's 100 m 12.72 4 Did not advance

JudoEdit

 
The ExCeL Exhibition Centre, where Moniz competed in the +78kg judo event

Cape Verde had one judoka competing in the 2012 Olympics.[4] This woman was Adysângela Moniz,[4] a 25-year-old athlete,[14] competing at her first Olympic Games.[14] She competed in the +78kg event. Moniz received a bye in the first round and fought in match four against Idalys Ortíz from Cuba in the second round.[15][16] Moniz lost and therefore did not progress to the quarter-finals.[16]

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Adysângela Moniz Women's +78 kg Bye   Ortiz (CUB)
L 0002–0103
Did not advance

NotesEdit

  1. ^ One athlete, Hassan Hirt, was disqualified and another, Teklemariam Medhin did not start.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Sports Reference – Countries – Cape Verde". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "List of flagbearers London 2012" (PDF). Olympic.org. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Sports Reference – London 2012 – Cape Verde – Athletics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Sports Reference - London 2012 - Cape Verde - Judo". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Sports Reference – Atlanta 1996 – Cape Verde". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Sports Reference – Athina 2004 – Cape Verde". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "Sports Reference – London 2012 – Cape Verde". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "IAAF – Athletes – Cape Verde – Ruben Sança – Honours". IAAF. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  9. ^ Athletics Communications Staff (2 July 2012). "UMass Lowell distance great Ruben Sanca to run 5,000 meters at 2012 London Olympics". Northeast-10 Conference. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c d "IAAF – Results – Olympic Games – 2012 – Men – 5000 meters – Heats – Results". IAAF. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "Sports Reference - Olympics - Athletes - Cape Verde - Lidiane Lopes". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  12. ^ a b c "IAAF – Results – Olympic Games – 2012 – Women – 100 meters – Preliminary – Results". IAAF. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  13. ^ a b "IAAF – Results – Olympic Games – 2012 – Women – 100 meters – Preliminary – Summary". IAAF. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  14. ^ a b "Sports Reference - London 2012 - Athletes - Adysângela Moniz". Sports Reference. Retrieved 23 October 2014. 
  15. ^ "Sports Reference - London 2012 - Judo - Women's heavyweight - Round one". Sports Reference. Retrieved 23 October 2014. 
  16. ^ a b "Sports Reference - London 2012 - Judo - Women's heavyweight - Round two". Sports Reference. Retrieved 23 October 2014.