Nauru at the Olympics

The Pacific island nation Nauru competed at the Summer Olympic Games first in the 1996 games in Atlanta. The country has made subsequent appearances since then.

Nauru at the
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Summer appearances

The nation is mainly known for its weightlifting tradition and all seven athletes that had competed for Nauru at the Olympics before 2012 were weightlifters.[1]

Nauru earns a distinction for being the smallest nation (by population) in the 206 member International Olympic Committee.

Under the leadership of the Hon. Vinson Detenamo, the Olympic movement began in Nauru in the early 1990s. The Olympic Committee was established in 1991 and talks with the International Olympic Committee started the same year. In May 1994 Nauru presented its bid to join the IOC and in September 1994 the nation was accepted, clearing the path for participation in the 1996 games.

1996 was not the first time that Nauru athletes participated in the Olympics. After his sensational win in the 1990 Commonwealth Games, weightlifter Marcus Stephen petitioned for citizenship in Samoa to compete in the 1992 games. Stephen again competed at the Olympics in 1996 and 2000, now for his native country. He placed 11th in the 62 kg category in 2000. In 2009, he replaced Vinson Detenamo as president of Nauru's National Olympic Committee.[2]

Paul Coffa is the weightlifting coach of the Oceania Weightlifting Federation and has been Nauru's Olympic coach since 1994.

Medal tablesEdit

Medals by Summer GamesEdit

Games Athletes Gold Silver Bronze Total Rank
  1996 Atlanta 3 0 0 0 0
  2000 Sydney 2 0 0 0 0
  2004 Athens 3 0 0 0 0
  2008 Beijing 1 0 0 0 0
  2012 London 2 0 0 0 0
  2016 Rio de Janeiro 2 0 0 0 0
  2020 Tokyo Future event
  2024 Paris
  2028 Los Angeles
Total 0 0 0 0


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Nauru at the Olympics, The Telegraph
  2. ^ "Nauru president claims national Olympic committee ledaership" Archived 2012-03-13 at the Wayback Machine, ABC Radio Australia, January 26, 2009

External linksEdit

  • "Nauru". International Olympic Committee.
  • "Nauru".
  • "Olympic Analytics/NRU".