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Equatorial Guinea at the 2016 Summer Olympics

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Equatorial Guinea at the
2016 Summer Olympics
Flag of Equatorial Guinea.svg
IOC code GEQ
NOC Equatoguinean Olympic Committee
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors 2 in 1 sport
Flag bearer Reïna-Flor Okori
Medals
Gold
0
Silver
0
Bronze
0
Total
0
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Equatorial Guinea competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which was held from 5 to 21 August 2016. The country's participation at Rio marked its ninth appearance in the Summer Olympics since its début in the 1984 Summer Olympics. The delegation included two track and field athletes, Benjamin Enzema and Reïna-Flor Okori who both qualified for the Games through wildcard places since their fastest times did not meet the required qualification standards, Okori was selected as the flag bearer for the opening and closing ceremonies. Enzema did not advance beyond the qualification round for the men's 800 metres event and Okori was unable to start the women's 100 metre hurdles contest.

Background

Equatorial Guinea participated in nine Summer Games between its début at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.[1] The highest number of athletes sent by Equatorial Guinea to a Summer Games is seven to the 1992 Olympics.[1] No Equatoguinean athlete has ever won a medal at the Olympic Games.[1] Equatorial Guinea participated in the Rio Summer Games from 5 to 21 August 2016. The Equatoguinean National Olympic Committee (NOC) selected two athletes via wildcards. Usually, an NOC would be able to enter up to three qualified athletes in each individual event as long as each athlete met the "A" standard, or one athlete per event if they met the "B" standard. However, since Equatorial Guinea had no athletes that met either standard, they were allowed to select two athletes, one of each gender, as wildcards.[2]

The two athletes that were selected to compete in the Rio Games were Benjamín Enzema in the men's 800 metres and Reïna-Flor Okori in the women's 100 metre hurdles.[3] Equatorial Guinea was one of several countries who sent a delegation of two athletes in 2016, with only Tuvalu sending a single competitor.[3] Meanwhile, the number of competitors of Equatoguinean descent representing other nations was even higher than the Equatoguinean itself – they were three, all of them with Spain: judoka María Bernabéu,[4] handball player Marta Mangué[5] and athlete Aauri Bokesa.[6] Along with the two athletes, the country's delegation was led by the vice-president of Equatorial Guinea Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue.[7] The country's Olympic women's football team failed to qualify for the Games after being defeated by South Africa on aggregate in a two-leg playoff match in October 2015.[8] Okori was selected as the flag bearer for both the opening and closing ceremonies.[9][10]

Athletics (track and field)

The Estádio Olímpico João Havelange, where Enzema competed in track and field events.

Benjamin Enzema was the sole male athlete representing Equatorial Guinea at the Rio Games at age 27. He had previously competed at the 2012 Summer Games.[3] Enzema qualified for the Games via a wildcard as his fastest time of one minute and 53.35 seconds, set at the 2015 African Games, was 7.55 seconds slower than the qualifying standard for his event, the men's 800 metres.[11][12] He was drawn in the third heat on 12 August, finishing eighth out of nine athletes, with a time of one minute and 52.14 seconds. Enzema ranked ahead of final-placed finisher Alex Beddoes of the Cook Islands (one minute and 52.76 seconds) but behind Brazil's Lutimar Paes (one minute and 48.38 seconds) in a heat led by eventual gold medallist David Rudisha from Kenya (one minute and 45.09 seconds).[13] Overall, he finished 50th out of 54 runners,[a] and was unable to advance to the later rounds because he finished 7.15 seconds slower than the slowest competitor in his heat who progressed to the second round.[13]

Reïna-Flor Okori, at age 36, was the only Equatoguinean female competitor. She had previously competed at the previous three Summer Games but with the French Olympic team.[14] She was notable for being the flag bearer for the opening and closing ceremonies.[9][10] Okori qualified for the Games via a wildcard because she had not recorded a qualifying standard time for her event, the women's 100 metres hurdles.[2][14] She spent time training in Equatorial Guinea and France preparing for the Games.[14][15] In an interview before the Games Okori said she aimed to reach the final stage of her event and earn Equatorial Guinea's first Olympic gold medal.[15] She was due to compete in the contest's sixth heat on 16 August alongside seven other participants but was unable to start the event because of a ruptured popliteal cyst.[16][17]

Key
  • Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only

Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Benjamín Enzema Men's 800 m 1:52.14 8 Did not advance
Reïna-Flor Okori Women's 100 m hurdles DNS Did not advance

Notes

  1. ^ Two other athletes were disqualified, one did not finish and one was unable to start.[13]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Countries – Equatorial Guinea". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 5 August 2016. Retrieved 28 October 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Qualification System and Entry Standards" (PDF). International Association of Athletic Federations. Archived (PDF) from the original on 23 October 2016. Retrieved 23 October 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c Stewart, Megan. "Table for one? Meet the 10 smallest delegations at Rio 2016". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on 29 July 2016. Retrieved 23 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "Results - Women 70kg - Judo - Rio 2016 - Olympics". BBC Sport. 
  5. ^ "Marta Mangue Gonzalez - Olympic Facts and Results". Olympian Database. 
  6. ^ "Aauri Lorena Bokesa - Olympic Facts and Results". Olympian Database. 
  7. ^ "Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue accompanies athletes to the Olympics in Rio". Guinea Equatorial Press. 8 August 2016. Archived from the original on 7 February 2017. Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  8. ^ Morgan, Liam (11 April 2016). "FIFA ban Equatorial Guinea women from qualifying for Tokyo 2020 over forged documents". Inside the Games. Archived from the original on 7 February 2017. Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  9. ^ a b "Porte-drapeau de la Guinée équatoriale!" [Flag bearer for Equatorial Guinea!]. L'Est Républicain (in French). 2 August 2016. Archived from the original on 4 August 2016. Retrieved 4 August 2016. 
  10. ^ a b "Rio 2016 Closing Ceremony - Flag Bearers" (PDF). International Olympic Committee. 21 August 2016. Archived (PDF) from the original on 29 November 2016. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  11. ^ "Benjamín Enzema – Athlete Profile – Progression". IAAF. Archived from the original on 28 October 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  12. ^ "IAAF Games of the XXX Olympiad – Rio 2016 Entry Standards" (PDF). IAAF. Archived (PDF) from the original on 18 April 2015. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  13. ^ a b c "2016 Summer Olympics – Results – Athletics – Men's 800m". ESPN. Archived from the original on 7 February 2017. Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  14. ^ a b c Bouys, Gabriel (3 August 2016). "JO 2016: Reina-Flor Okori, quatre Jeux, deux pays" [OJ 2016: Reina-Flor Okori, four Games, two countries]. Radio France Internationale (in French). Agence France-Presse. Archived from the original on 7 February 2017. Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  15. ^ a b Mangue Alima, Soledad (9 May 2016). "The athlete Reina Okori home for training". Guinea Equatorial Press. Archived from the original on 7 August 2016. Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  16. ^ "Olympics-Athletics-Women's 100m hurdles round 1 results". Reuters. 16 August 2016. Archived from the original on 7 February 2017. Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  17. ^ Straboni, Julie (21 August 2016). "Ces ultra-marins qui ont vécu les JO de l'intérieur" [These ultra-mariners who lived the Olympics of the interior]. France Info (in French). Archived from the original on 18 February 2017. Retrieved 18 February 2017. 

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