Zambia at the 2016 Summer Olympics

Zambia competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. This was the nation's thirteenth appearance at the Summer Olympics, although it marked its official debut in 1964 under the name Northern Rhodesia. Zambia missed the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, because of its partial support to the African boycott.

Zambia at the
2016 Summer Olympics
Flag of Zambia.svg
IOC codeZAM
NOCNational Olympic Committee of Zambia
Websitewww.nocz.co.zm
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors7 in 4 sports
Flag bearerMathews Punza[1]
Medals
Gold
0
Silver
0
Bronze
0
Total
0
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
 Rhodesia (1960)

The National Olympic Committee of Zambia (NOCZ) sent a team of seven athletes, five men and two women, to compete in four different sports at the Games, matching its roster size with London 2012.[2] The Zambian delegation featured two returning Olympians from the previous Games, including freestyle swimmer Jade Ashleigh Howard and sprinter Gerald Phiri in the men's 100 metres. 20-year-old swimmer and 2014 Youth Olympian Ralph Goveia (men's 100 m butterfly) was Zambia's youngest competitor, while half-lightweight judoka Mathews Punza (men's 66 kg), the oldest of the team (aged 28), served as the nation's flag bearer in the opening ceremony.[1]

Zambia, however, failed to win a single Olympic medal since the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, where Samuel Matete bagged a silver in the men's 400 m hurdles. Punza and sprinter Kabange Mupopo (women's 400 metres) were the only Zambians to progress beyond the first round of their respective sporting events at the Games, but neither of them reached the final and had the opportunity to end their nation's 20-year podium drought.[3][4]

Athletics (track and field)Edit

Zambian athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event):[5][6]

Key
  • 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
  • SB = Seasonal best
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round

Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Jordan Chipangama Men's marathon N/A 2:24:58 93
Gerald Phiri Men's 100 m Bye 10.27 4 Did not advance
Kabange Mupopo Women's 400 m 51.76 2 Q N/A 52.04 7 Did not advance

BoxingEdit

Zambia has received an invitation from the Tripartite Commission to send a male boxer competing in the middleweight division to the Games.[7][8]

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Benny Muziyo Men's middleweight   Şipal (TUR)
L 1–2
Did not advance

JudoEdit

Zambia has qualified one judoka for the men's half-lightweight category (66 kg) at the Games. Mathews Punza earned a continental quota spot from the African region, as Zambia's top-ranked judoka outside of direct qualifying position in the IJF World Ranking List of May 30, 2016.[9]

Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Mathews Punza Men's −66 kg Bye   Pollack (ISR)
W 100–000
  Gomboč (SLO)
L 000–101
Did not advance

SwimmingEdit

Zambia has received a Universality invitation from FINA to send two swimmers (one male and one female) to the Olympics.[10][11]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Ralph Goveia Men's 100 m butterfly 54.84 38 Did not advance
Jade Ashleigh Howard Women's 100 m freestyle 58.47 35 Did not advance

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "The Flagbearers for the Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Zambia Olympic contingent leaves for Rio". Lusaka Times. 4 August 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Mupopo fails to qualify for 400 meters finals". Lusaka Times. 15 August 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Punza bundled out of Rio Olympics". Lusaka Times. 8 August 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  5. ^ "iaaf.org – Top Lists". IAAF. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  6. ^ "IAAF Games of the XXX Olympiad – Rio 2016 Entry Standards" (PDF). IAAF. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Olympic Games Tripartite Commission confirms its five Invitation Places for the men's Rio 2016 boxing competition". AIBA. 12 July 2016. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  8. ^ Mwanza, Adrian (22 June 2016). "Zambia: Muziyo Sneaks Into Rio 2016 Olympic Games". Times of Zambia. AllAfrica.com. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  9. ^ "IJF Officially Announces Qualified Athletes for Rio 2016 Olympic Games". International Judo Federation. 23 June 2016. Archived from the original on 7 July 2016. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  10. ^ "Swimming World Rankings". FINA. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  11. ^ "Rio 2016 – FINA Swimming Qualification System" (PDF). Rio 2016. FINA. Retrieved 23 January 2015.

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