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Mozambique at the 2016 Summer Olympics

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

Mozambique at the
2016 Summer Olympics
Flag of Mozambique.svg
IOC code MOZ
NOC Comité Olímpico Nacional de Moçambique
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors 6 in 4 sports
Flag bearer Joaquim Lobo[1]
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

The Mozambique National Olympic Committee (Portuguese: Comité Olímpico Nacional de Moçambique) sent a team of six athletes, five men and one woman, to compete in four different sports at the Games.[2] Among the sports represented by the athletes, Mozambique marked its Olympic debut in flatwater canoeing.

The majority of the Mozambican roster made their Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro, except for hurdler Kurt Couto, who attended his fourth straight Games as the most experienced competitor. Other notable athletes included Dutch-born butterfly swimmer and 2014 Youth Olympian Jannah Sonnenschein, the lone female of the team, and the canoeing tandem of Mussa Chamaune and Joaquim Lobo, who acted as the nation's flag bearer in the opening ceremony.[1]

Mozambique, however, failed to win a single Olympic medal since the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, where middle-distance runner Maria Mutola became the nation's first ever champion in the women's 800 metres.


Athletics (track and field)Edit

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

  • 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 Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Kurt Couto Men's 400 m hurdles 49.74 SB 6 Did not advance



Mozambique qualified one boat for the men's C-2 1000 m into the Olympic canoeing regatta through the 2016 African Sprint Qualifying Tournament, signifying the nation's Olympic debut in the sport.

Athlete Event Heats Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Mussa Chamaune Men's C-1 1000 m 5:00.454 7 Q 5:07.281 8 Did not advance
Joaquim Lobo Men's C-1 200 m 44.949 6 Did not advance
Mussa Chamaune
Joaquim Lobo
Men's C-2 1000 m 4:14.002 5 Q 4:23.965 4 FB 4:38.732 11

Qualification Legend: FA = Qualify to final (medal); FB = Qualify to final B (non-medal)


Mozambique qualified one judoka for the men's half-middleweight category (81 kg) at the Games. Marlon Acácio earned a continental quota spot from the African region as Mozambique's top-ranked judoka outside of direct qualifying position in the IJF World Ranking List of May 30, 2016.[5][6]

Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Marlon Acácio Men's −81 kg Bye   Penalber (BRA)
L 000–100
Did not advance


Mozambique received a Universality invitation from FINA to send two swimmers (one male and one female) to the Olympics.[7][8][9]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Igor Mogne Men's 100 m freestyle 50.65 45 Did not advance
Jannah Sonnenschein Women's 100 m butterfly 1:04.21 39 Did not advance


  1. ^ a b "Canoísta Joaquim Lobo será o porta-estandarte do país nos Jogos Olímpicos" [Canoeist Joaquim Lobo will be the flag bearer at the Olympics] (in Portuguese). A Bola. 3 August 2016. Archived from the original on 4 August 2016. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Moçambique leva seis atletas ao Rio'2016" [Mozambique sends six athletes to Rio 2016] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  3. ^ " – 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. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  6. ^ "Mozambican Judoka Marlon Acácio to compete in Rio 2016 Olympics". Club of Mozambique. 13 June 2016. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Swimming World Rankings". FINA. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Men's Final Entry List" (PDF). FINA. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Women's Final Entry List" (PDF). FINA. Retrieved 20 July 2016.

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