Uruguay at the 2016 Summer Olympics
Uruguay competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 5 to 21 August 2016. Since the nation's official debut in 1920, Uruguayan athletes have appeared in every edition of the Summer Olympic Games, with the exception of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, because of its partial support to the United States-led boycott.
|Uruguay at the|
2016 Summer Olympics
|NOC||Uruguayan Olympic Committee|
|in Rio de Janeiro|
|Competitors||17 in 8 sports|
|Flag bearer||Dolores Moreira|
|Summer Olympics appearances (overview)|
The Uruguayan Olympic Committee (Spanish: Comité Olímpico Uruguayo, COU) confirmed a team of 17 athletes, 12 men and 5 women, to compete in eight sports at the Games. It was the nation's largest delegation sent to the Olympics since 1968, without any association to the team-based sports. There was only a single competitor in judo, rowing, tennis, weightlifting, and equestrian.
Four athletes on the Uruguayan roster previously competed at London 2012, with two of them headed to their fourth Games: hurdler Andrés Silva and sailing legend Alejandro Foglia, who finished among the top eight in the Laser class before moving to Finn. Foglia was joined by his older sister Mariana, who sailed alongside her husband Pablo Defazio in the Nacra 17 category. Other notable Uruguayan athletes included marathon twins Martín and Nicolás Cuestas, world no. 40 tennis player Pablo Cuevas, and 17-year-old Laser Radial sailor Dolores Moreira, who was selected to carry the nation's flag at the opening ceremony.
Uruguay, however, did not win any Olympic medals in Rio de Janeiro. The nation's last medal happened at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, where track cyclist Milton Wynants bagged a silver in the points race (currently replaced by Omnium). Unable to end the nation's 16-year podium drought, long jumper Emiliano Lasa delivered the most successful outcome for the Uruguayans at the Games, placing sixth in the men's long jump final.
Athletics (track and field)Edit
- 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
- NM = No mark
- Track & road events
|Andrés Silva||400 m hurdles||49.21||3 Q||49.75||6||Did not advance|
- Field events
|Emiliano Lasa||Long jump||8.14||3 q||8.10||6|
- Track & road events
|Déborah Rodríguez||800 m||2:01.86||6||Did not advance|
Uruguay has entered one jumping rider into the Olympic jumping competition by virtue of a top six individual finish at the 2015 Pan American Games, signifying the nation's Olympic show jumping comeback for the first time in 56 years.
|Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round A||Round B|
|Nestor Nielsen van Hoff||Prince Royal de la Luz||Individual||1||=25 Q||9||10||=44 Q||13||23||42||Did not advance|
Uruguay has qualified one judoka for the men's half-heavyweight category (100 kg) at the Games. Pablo Aprahamian earned a continental quota spot from the Pan American region, as Uruguay's top-ranked judoka outside of direct qualifying position in the IJF World Ranking List of May 30, 2016.
|Athlete||Event||Round of 64||Round of 32||Round of 16||Quarterfinals||Semifinals||Repechage||Final / BM|
|Pablo Aprahamian||Men's −100 kg||Bye|| Buzacarini (BRA)
|Did not advance|
|Jhonatan Esquivel||Men's single sculls||7:16.08||3 QF||Bye||7:40.27||5 SC/D||7:22.98||1 FC||7:13.65||18|
Qualification Legend: FA=Final A (medal); FB=Final B (non-medal); FC=Final C (non-medal); FD=Final D (non-medal); FE=Final E (non-medal); FF=Final F (non-medal); SA/B=Semifinals A/B; SC/D=Semifinals C/D; SE/F=Semifinals E/F; QF=Quarterfinals; R=Repechage
|Athlete||Event||Race||Net points||Final rank|
|Alejandro Foglia||Men's Finn||21||9||17||20||21||15||15||3||1||N/A||EL||122||19|
|Dolores Moreira||Women's Laser Radial||12||23||22||31||28||28||7||11||24||N/A||EL||185||25|
|Mixed Nacra 17||5||11||13||17||19||16||16||17||6||6||16||EL||142||17|
M = Medal race; EL = Eliminated – did not advance into the medal race
|Martín Melconian||Men's 100 m breaststroke||1:02.67||39||Did not advance|
|Inés Remersaro||Women's 100 m freestyle||57.85 NR||34||Did not advance|
Uruguay has entered one tennis player into the Olympic tournament, signifying the nation's comeback to the sport since 1996. Pablo Cuevas (world no. 40) qualified directly for the men's singles as one of the top 56 eligible players in the ATP World Rankings as of June 6, 2016.
|Athlete||Event||Round of 64||Round of 32||Round of 16||Quarterfinals||Semifinals||Final / BM|
|Pablo Cuevas||Men's singles|| Basilashvili (GEO)
W 6–3, 6–7(8–10), 6–3
| Bellucci (BRA)
L 2–6, 6–4, 3–6
|Did not advance|
|Athlete||Event||Snatch||Clean & Jerk||Total||Rank|
|Sofía Rito||Women's −53 kg||64||13||82||12||146||12|
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