Kosovo at the 2016 Summer Olympics
Kosovo competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. This was Kosovo's first participation in the Olympics since gaining membership by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in December 2014.
|Kosovo at the
2016 Summer Olympics
|NOC||Olympic Committee of Kosovo|
|in Rio de Janeiro|
|Competitors||8 in 5 sports|
|Flag bearer||Majlinda Kelmendi|
|Summer Olympics appearances (overview)|
|Other related appearances|
| Yugoslavia (1920–1992W)
Independent Olympic Participants (1992S)
Serbia and Montenegro (1996–2006)
Serbia protested Kosovo's admission to the IOC, as it officially claims that Kosovo is an autonomous province of Serbia. However, Serbia, considering the harmful effects of Yugoslavia's expulsion in 1992, decided against boycotting the 2016 Rio Olympics as a consequence. Kosovo is currently recognised as a state by 111 UN member states.
The Olympic Committee of Kosovo sent a total of eight athletes, three men and five women, to compete in five sports at the nation's maiden Games. Most of them were awarded places in their respective sporting events through wild card entries and Tripartite Commission invitations. Two Kosovar athletes, on the other hand, qualified directly for the Olympics on merit: judoka Nora Gjakova (women's 57 kg) and Majlinda Kelmendi (women's 52 kg), the lone returning Olympian on the team after representing Albania four years earlier in London. The world's top-ranked judoka in her weight category and the frontrunner for the country's first Olympic medal, Kelmendi was selected to become Kosovo's flag bearer in the opening ceremony.
Kosovo left Rio de Janeiro with its first ever Olympic gold medal, won by Kelmendi.
- 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
|Musa Hajdari||Men's 800 m||1:48.41||7||Did not advance|
|Vijona Kryeziu||Women's 400 m||54.30||7||Did not advance|
Kosovo has received an invitation from the Tripartite Commission to send a rider competing in the men's road race to the Olympics.
|Qëndrim Guri||Men's road race||Did not finish|
Kosovo has qualified two judokas for each of the following weight classes at the Games. Nora Gjakova and Majlinda Kelmendi, who previously represented Albania at the 2012 Summer Olympics, were ranked among the top 14 for women in the IJF World Ranking List of May 30, 2016.
|Athlete||Event||Round of 32||Round of 16||Quarterfinals||Semifinals||Repechage||Final / BM|
|Majlinda Kelmendi||Women's −52 kg||Bye|| Tschopp (SUI)
| Legentil (MRI)
W 000–000 S
| Nakamura (JPN)
W 000–000 S
|Bye|| Giuffrida (ITA)
|Nora Gjakova||Women's −57 kg|| Amarís (COL)
| Căprioriu (ROM)
|Did not advance|
Kosovo has received an invitation from the Tripartite Commission to send a women's 10 m air rifle shooter to the Olympics, as long as the minimum qualifying score (MQS) was fulfilled by March 31, 2016.
|Urata Rama||Women's 10 m air rifle||402.3||48||Did not advance|
|Lum Zhaveli||Men's 50 m freestyle||24.53||57||Did not advance|
|Rita Zeqiri||Women's 100 m backstroke||1:12.31 NR||34||Did not advance|
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