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Congo at the 2016 Summer Olympics

Congo, officially Republic of the Congo, competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, from August 5 to 21, 2016. This was the nation's twelfth appearance at the Summer Olympics, since its debut in 1964. Congolese athletes did not attend the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, and the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal because of the African boycott.

Congo at the
2016 Summer Olympics
Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg
IOC code CGO
NOC Comité National Olympique et Sportif Congolais
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors 10 in 5 sports
Flag bearer Franck Elemba[1]
Medals
Gold
0
Silver
0
Bronze
0
Total
0
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Congolese Olympics & Sports Committee (French: Comité National Olympique et Sportif Congolais) sent the nation's largest delegation to the Games in a non-boycotting edition. A total of ten athletes, seven men and three women, were selected to the team across five different sports, with two of them returning from London 2012.[2] Table tennis player Suraju Saka, who competed at his third Games, was the oldest (aged 40) and most experienced member of the squad. Meanwhile, shot putter and reigning All-African Games champion Franck Elemba served as the nation's flag bearer in the opening ceremony.[1][3]

Congo narrowly missed out on its first ever Olympic medal in Rio de Janeiro, as Franck Elemba placed fourth in the men's shot put.[4]

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Athletics (track and field)Edit

Congolese athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event):[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
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Franck Elemba Shot put 20.45 11 q 21.20 NR 4
Women
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Cecilia Bouele 100 m 11.98 2 Q 12.18 8 Did not advance

BoxingEdit

Congo entered two boxers to compete in each of the following weight classes into the Olympic competition, signifying the nation's return to the sport for the first time since 1980. Dival Malonga and Anauel Ngamissengue received spare berths freed up by Morocco as the next highest-ranked boxers, not yet qualified, at the 2016 African Qualification Tournament.[7]

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Dival Malonga Men's light welterweight   Gaibnazarov (UZB)
L TKO
Did not advance
Anauel Ngamissengue Men's middleweight   Abbadi (ALG)
L 0–3
Did not advance

JudoEdit

Congo qualified one judoka for the men's heavyweight category (+100 kg) at the Games, signifying the nation's Olympic return to the sport for the first time since 2004. Deo Gracia Ngokaba earned a continental quota spot from the African region as Congo's top-ranked judoka outside of direct qualifying position in the IJF World Ranking List of May 30, 2016.

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
Deo Gracia Ngokaba Men's +100 kg   Meyer (NED)
L 000–100
Did not advance

SwimmingEdit

Congo received a Universality invitations from FINA to send two swimmers (one male and one female) to the Olympics.[8][9][10]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Dienov Andres Koka Men's 50 m freestyle 28:00 82 Did not advance
Bellore Sangala Women's 50 m freestyle 33.71 81 Did not advance

Table tennisEdit

Congo entered three athletes into the table tennis competition at the Games. Chinese-born players Wang Jianan and Han Xing secured places each in the men's and women's singles by virtue of a top four finish at the 2015 All-Africa Games.[11] They were eventually joined by three-time Olympian Suraju Saka, who finished in the top two at the African Qualification Tournament in Khartoum, Sudan.[12]

Athlete Event Preliminary Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Suraju Saka Men's singles   Afanador (PUR)
L 3–4
Did not advance
Wang Jianan   K Assar (EGY)
W 4–3
  Tsuboi (BRA)
W 4–0
  Karlsson (SWE)
L 1–4
Did not advance
Han Xing Women's singles   Lariba (PHI)
W 4–0
  Sawettabut (THA)
L 3–4
Did not advance

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "JO 2016: les porte-drapeaux africains à Rio" [2016 Olympics: African flag bearers for Rio] (in French). Radio France Internationale. 4 August 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Rio 2016 : dix athlètes congolais, cinq disciplines et une chance de médaille" [Rio 2016: Ten Congolese athletes, five disciplines, and a chance for the medal] (in French). Agence d'information d'Afrique centrale. 5 August 2016. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Franck Elemba, porte-drapeau du Congo aux Jeux olympiques de Rio" [Franck Elemba was the flag bearer for Congo at the Rio Olympics] (in French). Vox. 5 August 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Franck Elemba finit haut aux JO, même sans médaille !" [Franck Elemba exits the Games without a medal!] (in French). Vox. 19 August 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  5. ^ "iaaf.org – Top Lists". IAAF. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  6. ^ "IAAF Games of the XXX Olympiad – Rio 2016 Entry Standards" (PDF). IAAF. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Jeux olympiques Rio 2016 : les boxeurs congolais quitteront Brazzaville le 1er août" [2016 Rio Olympics: Congolese boxers will leave Brazzaville on August 1] (in French). Lolaka Ya Congo. 28 July 2016. Archived from the original on 3 August 2016. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Swimming World Rankings". FINA. Archived from the original on 6 January 2011. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Men's Final Entry List" (PDF). FINA. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Women's Final Entry List" (PDF). FINA. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  11. ^ "Quadri, Oshonaike qualify for Rio 2016 Olympic Games". Premium Times. 18 September 2015. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  12. ^ Marshall, Ian (18 February 2016). "Rio Place Booked Segun Toriola Stands Alone in Africa". ITTF. Archived from the original on 2 March 2016. Retrieved 18 February 2016.

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