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Gabon at the 2016 Summer Olympics

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

Gabon at the
2016 Summer Olympics
Flag of Gabon.svg
IOC codeGAB
NOCComité Olympique Gabonais
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors6 in 4 sports
Flag bearerAnthony Obame[1]
Medals
Gold
0
Silver
0
Bronze
0
Total
0
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Gabon Olympic Committee (French: Comité Olympique Gabonais) sent a total of six athletes, four men and two women, to compete in four different sports at these Games.[2] The nation's roster was relatively smaller by nearly three quarters of its size from London 2012, where Gabon registered a team of 26 athletes. Among the sports represented by the athletes, Gabon made its Olympic debut in swimming.

Among the Gabonese athletes on the team were sprinters Wilfried Bingangoye and Ruddy Zang Milama, and taekwondo fighter Anthony Obame, who established history as the nation's first ever Olympic medalist, earning the silver in the men's heavyweight category (+80 kg) four years earlier. The most successful athlete of the Games, Obame led the team as Gabon's first male flag bearer in the opening ceremony since 1996.[1]

Gabon, however, left Rio de Janeiro without a single Olympic medal, failing to reproduce it from the previous Games.

Athletics (track and field)Edit

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

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

Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Wilfried Bingangoye Men's 100 m 11.03 5 Did not advance
Ruddy Zang Milama Women's 100 m Bye 11.67 7 Did not advance

JudoEdit

Gabon has qualified two judokas for each of the following weight classes at the Games. Sarah Myriam Mazouz was ranked among the top 14 eligible judokas for women in the IJF World Ranking List of May 30, 2016, while Paul Kibikai at men's half-middleweight (81 kg) earned a continental quota spot from the African region as Gabon's top-ranked judoka outside of direct qualifying position.[5]

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
Paul Kibikai Men's −81 kg Bye   Al-Aameri (IRQ)
W 000–000 S
  Nagase (JPN)
L 000–100
Did not advance
Sarah Myriam Mazouz Women's −78 kg N/A Bye   Powell (GBR)
L 000–100
Did not advance

SwimmingEdit

Gabon has received a Universality invitation from FINA to send a male swimmer for the first time to the Olympics.[6][7][8]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Maël Ambonguilat Men's 50 m freestyle 27.21 75 Did not advance

TaekwondoEdit

Gabon entered one athlete into the taekwondo competition at the Olympics. 2012 Olympic silver medalist Anthony Obame qualified automatically for the men's heavyweight category (+80 kg) by finishing in the top 6 WTF Olympic rankings.[9]

Athlete Event Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Anthony Obame Men's +80 kg   Cho (GBR)
L 6–12
Did not advance

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Obame-Mussavu, Roger (4 August 2016). "Anthony Obame : "Je suis ici pour défendre, avec l'aide du Seigneur, l'honneur de mon pays."" [Anthony Obame: "I am here to defend, with the Lord's help, the honor of my country"] (in French). Times Gabon. Archived from the original on 4 August 2016. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Six athlètes gabonais aux JO" [Six Gabonese athletes at the Olympics] (in French). Africtelegraph.com. 1 August 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  3. ^ "iaaf.org – Top Lists". IAAF. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  4. ^ "IAAF Games of the XXX Olympiad – Rio 2016 Entry Standards" (PDF). IAAF. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  5. ^ "IJF Officially Announces Qualified Athletes for Rio 2016 Olympic Games". International Judo Federation. 23 June 2016. Archived from the original on 7 July 2016. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  6. ^ "Swimming World Rankings". FINA. Archived from the original on 6 January 2011. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  7. ^ "Men's Final Entry List" (PDF). FINA. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  8. ^ "Jeux olympiques Rio 2016 : En prévision de la participation des Gabonais" [2016 Rio Olympics: Gabonese athletes prepared to participate] (in French). L'Union. 14 July 2016. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Second Tranche of 24 Taekwondo Athletes Earn Berths to Rio Olympics On Day 2 of Grand Prix Final, Egypt, Iran, China and Korea Grab Golds". World Taekwondo Federation. 7 December 2015. Retrieved 7 December 2015.

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