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São Tomé and Príncipe at the 2008 Summer Olympics

São Tomé and Príncipe competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China from 8–24 August 2008. This marked the country's fourth entry in the Olympics, since its debut in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. The country's delegation consisted of three competitors, competing in two disciplines: they were athletics competitors Naiel Santiago D'Almeida and Celma Bonfim da Graça, and canoeist Alcino Silva. None of the competitors made it to their event final, though Silva did advance to the semi-finals.

São Tomé and Príncipe at the
2008 Summer Olympics
Flag of Sao Tome and Principe.svg
IOC code STP
NOC Comité Olímpico de São Tomé e Príncipe
in Beijing
Competitors 3 in 2 sports
Flag bearer Celma Bonfim da Graça[1]
Medals
Gold
0
Silver
0
Bronze
0
Total
0
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Contents

BackgroundEdit

São Tomé and Príncipe participated in every Summer Olympic Games between its debut in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta and the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.[1] In Beijing, the nation was making its fourth appearance at the Olympics, having never competed in a Winter Olympic Games.[1] With three competitors, this was the most participants ever sent to an Olympics by São Tomé and Príncipe. The country had never won a medal in Olympic competition.[1] Long-distance runner Celma Bonfim da Graça was selected as the flagbearer for the parade of nations at the opening ceremony.[2] An unknown assistant of the National Olympic Committee carried the flag in the closing ceremony.[3]

AthleticsEdit

Naiel Santiago D'Almeida was 21 years old at the time of the 2008 Olympics, and competing in his first Olympics.[4] On 18 August 2008, he took part in the heats of the Men's 400 meters race. He was drawn into the 7th and final heat of the race, a race he finished in 49.08 seconds. This was last in his heat, and the second slowest time of all the competitors. As such, he failed to advance to the semi-finals.[5]

Long-distance runner Celma Bonfim da Graça, who was making her Olympic debut, was 30 years old at the time, making her São Tomé and Príncipe's oldest competitor at these Games.[4] At the time, she was the country's oldest Olympian ever, a record she would herself beat at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.[1] On 19 August 2008 she took part in the first heat of the women's 5,000 metres, a heat she finished in 17 minutes and 25.99 seconds. This was in 16th and last place of that race, and she did not qualify for the final.[6]

KeyEdit

  • NR = National record

MenEdit

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Naiel Santiago D'Almeida 400 m 49.08 8 Did not advance

WomenEdit

Athlete Event Heat Final
Result Rank Result Rank
Celma Bonfim da Graça 5000 m 17:25.99 NR 16 Did not advance
  • Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only

CanoeingEdit

Sprint canoeist Alcino Silva was 17 years old at the time of the competition.[4] On 18 August 2008 he took part in the Men's K-1 1,000 metres, he was drawn into in the second of three heats. He finished the race with a time of 4 minutes and 28.05, ninth and last in his heat. Only the top 7 of each heat were able to advance in the competition.[7] The next day he took part in the heats of the Men's K-1 500 metres competition. He was placed into the third of four heats, and finished his heat in 6th (out of 7 competitors), with a time of 1 minute and 58 seconds. Being in the top 6 of his heat, Alcino advanced to the semi-finals.[8] In the semi-finals, held on 21 August, he was drawn into heat three. This time, only the top three from each semi-final would be allowed to advance to the final. He finished 9th and last in his heat with a time of 2 minutes and 6 seconds, and was eliminated.[9]


KeyEdit

  • QS = Qualify to semifinal

Athlete Event Heats Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Alcino Silva Men's K-1 500 m 1:58.178 6 QS 2:06.288 9 Did not advance
Men's K-1 1000 m 4:28.057 9 Did not advance
  • Note–Ranks given are within the athlete's heat only

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Sports Reference – Countries – São Tomé and Príncipe". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 26 February 2018. Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "List of Flagbearers – Beijing 2008" (pdf). International Olympic Committee. Archived (PDF) from the original on 24 August 2016. Retrieved 18 April 2018. 
  3. ^ "Closing Ceremony Flag Bearers" (pdf). International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 18 April 2018. 
  4. ^ a b c "Sao Tome and Principe at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 6 September 2017. Retrieved 18 April 2018. 
  5. ^ "Beijing 2008 400m men – Olympic Athletics". International Olympic Committee. Archived from the original on 26 March 2017. Retrieved 18 April 2018. 
  6. ^ "Athletics at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games: Women's 5,000 metres Round One". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 7 July 2017. Retrieved 18 April 2018. 
  7. ^ "Canoeing at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games: Men's Kayak Singles, 1,000 metres Round One". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 7 July 2017. Retrieved 18 April 2018. 
  8. ^ "Canoeing at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games: Men's Kayak Singles, 500 metres Round One". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 19 April 2018. Retrieved 18 April 2018. 
  9. ^ "Canoeing at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games: Men's Kayak Singles, 500 metres Semi-Finals". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 7 November 2017. Retrieved 18 April 2018.