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Djibouti at the 2012 Summer Olympics

Djibouti competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, from July 27 to August 12, 2012. This was the nation's seventh appearance at the Olympics.

Djibouti at the
2012 Summer Olympics
Flag of Djibouti.svg
IOC code DJI
NOC Comité National Olympique Djiboutien
in London
Competitors 5 in 4 sports
Flag bearer Zourah Ali (opening)
Yasmin Farah (closing)
Medals
Gold Silver Bronze Total
0 0 0 0
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Five athletes were selected to the team, competing in athletics, judo, swimming, and table tennis. This was the first Olympics that Djibouti participated in swimming and table tennis. Track runner Zourah Ali was the nation's flag bearer at the opening ceremonies, while table tennis player Yasmin Farah was the flag bearer for the closing ceremonies. Djibouti failed to win an Olympic medal at these Games, and have not won a medal since the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.

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BackgroundEdit

Djibouti debuted at the 1984 Olympic Games, fielding three marathon runners. Djibouti's one and only medal prior to these Games was a bronze awarded to Hussein Ahmed Salah for the marathon in at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games.[1] The first female athlete for Djibouti, Roda Ali Wais, debuted at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.[2]

AthleticsEdit

 
Mumin Gala completing in the 5000m run.

Djibouti had two athletes qualify for athletics at this Olympics, one male and one female. Mumin Gala qualified for the 5000 metre run and Zourah Ali qualified for the 400 metre run.[3][4]

Djibouti's National Olympic Committee (NOC) selected two athletes that met the qualification standards. A NOC can to enter up to three qualified athletes in each individual event as long as each athlete met the "A" standard, or one athlete per event if they met the "B" standard. Mumin was qualified via the A standard.[5] If no athletes meet the qualification standard, a country is permitted to enter their best male and best female athlete in one event each, which is how Zourah was qualified.[6][7][4]

Gala finished the first heat with a time of 13:21.21, finishing 10th. Although the first five from each heat move on to the finals, the next five fastest times are also qualified, and Gala was fifth on that list. Gala was close to his personal record of 13:17.77 in the first heat, but he finished the final with a time of 13:50.26 and placed 13th overall, out of a field of 43 athletes.[5]

Zourah competed in the 400 metre race, which she completed in 1:05.37 minutes. She did not place high enough in her heat to be qualified for the semifinals, as she finished in 44th place and with the second slowest time in that race.[8]

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
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round
Men
Athlete Event Heat Final
Result Rank Result Rank
Mumin Gala 5000 m[3] 13:21.21 10 q 13:50.26 13
Women
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Zourah Ali 400 m[4] 1:05.37 7 Did not advance

JudoEdit

Djibouti had 1 judoka invited, who competed in the second round after a first round bye. She lost this match to Căprioriu and finished 9th overall in the tournament.[9][10]

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
Sally Raguib Women's −57 kg Bye   Căprioriu (ROU)
L 0000–0100
Did not advance

SwimmingEdit

 
The London Aquatics Centre, where the swimming events were held.

Osman gained an universality placement from the FINA, with a time of 27.69 seconds.[11] At the Olympics, Osman placed first in his heat with a time of 27.25 seconds. He was 4.98 seconds away from qualifying for the next round, and finished 49th overall.[12]

Men
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Abdourahman Osman 50 m freestyle 27.25 49 Did not advance

Table tennisEdit

 
ExCeL Exhibition Center, where Yasmin Farah and Sally Raguib competed.

Yasmin Farah competed in women's singles at the age of 18. The event was held at ExCeL London. The top thirty-two seeds received byes, since Yasmin was seeded 70th her match was in the preliminary round, which she lost in four rounds, scoring 0, 2, 2, and 4 in the matches respectively.[13]

Athlete Event Preliminary round Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Yasmin Farah Women's singles   Kumahara (BRA)
L 0–4
Did not advance

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Souleiman Ushers New Era of Athletics in Djibouti". IAAF. Retrieved October 17, 2016. 
  2. ^ "First female competitors at the Olympics by country". Sports-reference. Retrieved October 16, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Moumin Geele Profile". IAAF. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "Zourah Ali". IAAF. Retrieved October 16, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Mumin Gala". IAAF. Retrieved October 16, 2016. 
  6. ^ "London 2012 Olympics: Athletics qualification". The Daily Telegraph. 15 April 2011. Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "Games of the XXX Olympiad – London 2012 - Entry Standards" (PDF). IAAF. April 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 April 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  8. ^ "Women's 400m". London 2012 Organising Committee. Retrieved October 17, 2016. 
  9. ^ "IntJudo – Invited Country to take part at the London Games". International Judo Federation. Archived from the original on June 18, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Sally Raguib - Judoka". Judo Inside. Retrieved October 17, 2016. 
  11. ^ "FINA Universality Places" (PDF). FINA. 6 July 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 11, 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "Swimming: Results & Schedules". NBC Olympics. Retrieved October 16, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Yasmin Farah Hassan". Sports-reference. Retrieved October 16, 2016.