Kiribati at the 2008 Summer Olympics
Kiribati competed in the Summer Olympic Games for the second time at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, following their debut appearance in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. The country had intended to send a total of three athletes to the Games, competing in two sports: athletics and weightlifting. Female sprinter Kaitinano Mwemweata had to withdraw due to illness after contracting tuberculosis.
|Kiribati at the|
2008 Summer Olympics
|NOC||Kiribati National Olympic Committee|
|Competitors||2 in 2 sports|
|Flag bearer||David Katoatau|
|Summer Olympics appearances (overview)|
Kiribati had interest in Olympic participation in the 1980s, and the country later formed their National Olympic Committee (NOC) in 2002, which was recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2003.:311 Kiribati's first Games was in 2004. As of these Olympics, Kiribati had never won an Olympic medal.
Athletics (track and field)Edit
Kaitinano Mwemweata fell ill and did not participate in the Olympics, and was treated for tuberculosis instead. Her withdrawal left Kiribati with one representative in athletics. Rabangaki Nawai was entered in the 100 meter and 200 meter sprint events. Nawai ran a personal season's best time of 11.29 seconds in the first round of the 100 meter sprint. He had the fastest reaction time in the heat, but placed last, and failed to progress to the next round. He did not run in the 200 meter competition for undisclosed reasons.
- 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
|Rabangaki Nawai||100 m||11.29||8||Did not advance|
David Katoatau represented Kiribati in the men's 85 kg class of the weightlifting competition, qualifying by wildcard. He finished in 15th place, ahead of Terrence Dixie of Seychelles and five lifters who did not finish the event.
|Athlete||Event||Snatch||Clean & Jerk||Total||Rank|
|David Katoatau||Men's −85 kg||135||18||178||15||313||15|
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