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São Tomé and Príncipe at the 1996 Summer Olympics

São Tomé and Príncipe sent a delegation to compete in the Olympic Games for the first time at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, United States from 19 July to 4 August 1996. The delegation consisted of two 100 meters sprinters, Sortelina Pires and Odair Baia. Neither of them were able to advance from their heats.

São Tomé and Príncipe at the
1996 Summer Olympics
Flag of Sao Tome and Principe.svg
IOC code STP
NOC Comité Olímpico de São Tomé e Príncipe
in Atlanta
Competitors 2 in 1 sport
Flag bearer Sortelina Pires
Medals
Gold
0
Silver
0
Bronze
0
Total
0
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

BackgroundEdit

The Comité Olímpico de São Tomé e Príncipe was recognized by the International Olympic Committee on 31 December 1992.[1] Atlanta marked the island nation's debut in Olympic competition.[2] The 1996 Summer Olympics were held from 19 July to 4 August 1996; 10,318 athletes represented 194 National Olympic Committees.[3] The São Tomé and Príncipe delegation consisted of two sprinters, Sortelina Pires and Odair Baia.[4] Pires was chosen as the flag bearer for the opening ceremony.[2]

AthleticsEdit

Odair Baia was 18 years old at the time of the Atlanta Olympics, and was making his Olympic debut.[5] On 26 July, he took part in the heats of the men's 100 metres; assigned to heat eight, he finished ninth in his heat with a time of 11.05 seconds.[6] Only the top 3 from a heat advanced, and he was eliminated.[7] Sortelina Pires was 19 years old during these Olympics, and was also making her Olympic debut.[8] In the women's 100 metres heats, also held on 26 July, she was part of the third heat. She finished with a time of 13.31 seconds, eighth in her heat in a format where only the top four from each heat, plus the next three fastest overall, were able to advance, meaning she was eliminated.[9][10]

Athletes Events Heat Round 1 Heat Round 2 Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Odair Baia Men's 100 metres 11.05 9 Did not advance
Sortelina Pires Women's 100 metres 13.31 8 Did not advance
  • Note: Ranks are given within an athlete's heat only.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sao Tome and Principe – National Olympic Committee (NOC)". International Olympic Committee. Archived from the original on 18 July 2017. Retrieved 3 August 2018. 
  2. ^ a b "Sao Tome and Principe". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 26 February 2018. Retrieved 3 August 2018. 
  3. ^ "1996 Olympics – Summer Olympic Games – Atlanta 1996". International Olympic Committee. Archived from the original on 27 June 2018. Retrieved 5 August 2018. 
  4. ^ "Sao Tome and Principe at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 2 July 2017. Retrieved 3 August 2018. 
  5. ^ "Odair Baia Bio, Stats, and Results". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 3 July 2017. Retrieved 3 August 2018. 
  6. ^ "The Official Report of the Centennial Olympic Games: Volume 3" (PDF). The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games. p. 68. Retrieved 2 September 2018. 
  7. ^ "Athletics at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games: Men's 100 metres Round One". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 14 January 2018. Retrieved 3 August 2018. 
  8. ^ "Sortelina Pires Bio, Stats, and Results". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 1 July 2017. Retrieved 3 August 2018. 
  9. ^ "Athletics at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games: Women's 100 metres Round One". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 5 July 2017. Retrieved 3 August 2018. 
  10. ^ "The Official Report of the Centennial Olympic Games: Volume 3" (PDF). The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games. p. 69. Retrieved 2 September 2018.