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Rwanda at the 2016 Summer Olympics

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

Rwanda at the
2016 Summer Olympics
Flag of Rwanda.svg
NOCComité National Olympique et Sportif du Rwanda
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors7 in 3 sports
Flag bearerAdrien Niyonshuti[1]
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

The Rwandan National Olympic and Sports Committee (French: Comité National Olympique et Sportif du Rwanda) selected a team of seven athletes, four men and three women, to compete only in athletics, road cycling, mountain biking, and swimming at the Olympics, matching the nation's roster size with London 2012.[2] The Rwandan delegation featured two returning Olympians from the previous Games, including marathon runner Claudette Mukasakindi, and road cyclist Adrien Niyonshuti, who reprised his role of carrying the nation's flag for the second time in the opening ceremony.[1]


Athletics (track and field)Edit

Rwandan 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 Final
Result Rank
Ambroise Uwiragiye Men's marathon 2:25:57 99
Claudette Mukasakindi Women's marathon 3:05:57 126
Salome Nyirarukundo Women's 10000 m 32:07.80 27



Rwanda has qualified one rider in the men's Olympic road race by virtue of his top 10 individual ranking in the 2015 UCI Africa Tour.[5]

Athlete Event Time Rank
Adrien Niyonshuti Men's road race Did not finish

Mountain bikingEdit

Rwanda has qualified one mountain biker for the men's Olympic cross-country race, by virtue of a top two national finish, not yet qualified, at the 2015 African Championships.

Athlete Event Time Rank
Nathan Byukusenge Men's cross-country LAP (3 laps) 41


Rwanda has received a Universality invitation from FINA to send two swimmers (one male and one female) to the Olympics.[6][7]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Eloi Imaniraguha Men's 50 m freestyle 26.43 68 Did not advance
Johanna Umurungi Women's 100 m butterfly 1:11.92 44 Did not advance


  1. ^ a b Muhinde, Jejje (11 July 2016). "Niyonshuti: I'm ready to lift Rwanda's flag high in Rio". Rwanda: The New Times. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  2. ^ Muhinde, Jejje (29 July 2016). "Sports Minister tips athletes to shine in Rio". Rwanda: The New Times. Retrieved 3 October 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. ^ "UCI announces men's road Olympic quotas". 18 January 2016. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Swimming World Rankings". FINA. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  7. ^ Abimwe, Geoffrey (10 July 2016). "Swimming duo to compete at Rio de Janeiro Olympics". Rwanda: The New Times. Retrieved 11 July 2016.

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