Ivory Coast at the 2016 Summer Olympics

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Ivory Coast at the
2016 Summer Olympics
Flag of Côte d'Ivoire.svg
IOC code CIV
NOC Comité National Olympique de Côte d'Ivoire
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors 12 in 6 sports
Flag bearer Murielle Ahouré[1]
Medals
Ranked 51st
Gold
1
Silver
0
Bronze
1
Total
2
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Ivory Coast competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. This was the nation's fourteenth appearance at the Summer Olympics.

The Ivory Coast National Olympic Committee (French: Comité National Olympique de Côte d'Ivoire) selected a team of 12 athletes, five men and seven women, to compete in six different sports at these Games, overhauling the roster size set in London 2012 by three athletes. For the fourth time in the nation's Olympic history, Ivory Coast was represented by more female than male athletes.[2]

More than half of the Ivorian roster were rookies at the Games, with archer Philippe Kouassi, taekwondo fighter Ruth Gbagbi, and sprinters Ben Youssef Meïté and Murielle Ahouré, top eight finalist in both 100 and 200 metres, returning for their second appearance from London 2012.[2] As the most experienced member of the team, Ahouré was selected by the committee to carry the Ivorian flag in the opening ceremony.[1]

Ivory Coast left Rio de Janeiro with two Olympic medals, adding them to the silver won by sprinter Gabriel Tiacoh in the men's 400 metres at Los Angeles 1984. These medals were awarded to Gbagbi (women's 67 kg) and fellow taekwondo fighter Cheick Sallah Cissé (men's 80 kg), who emerged himself as the Ivory Coast's first ever Olympic champion.[3]

Medallists

Medal Name Sport Event Date
 Gold Sallah Cisse, CheickCheick Sallah Cisse Taekwondo Men's 80 kg 19 August
 Bronze Gbagbi, RuthRuth Gbagbi Taekwondo Women's 67 kg 19 August

Archery

Two Ivorian archers qualified each for both the men's and women's individual recurve by obtaining one of the three Olympic places available from the 2016 African Archery Championships in Windhoek, Namibia.[4] However, the Ivorian National Committee revoked the entry of Carla Frangilli after the final deadline. According to reallocation procedures, the quota was assigned to Greece, and four-time Olympian Evangelia Psarra was selected.[5]

Athlete Event Ranking round Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Score Seed Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Philippe Kouassi Men's individual 634 57  Valladont (FRA)
L 4–6
Did not Advance

Athletics (track and field)

Ivorian athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event):[6][7]

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
  • 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
Hua Wilfried Koffi Men's 100 m Bye 10.37 7 Did not advance
Men's 200 m 20.48 4 N/A Did not advance
Ben Youssef Meïté Men's 100 m Bye 10.03 1 Q 9.97 NR 2 Q 9.96 NR 6
Murielle Ahouré Women's 100 m Bye 11.17 2 Q 11.01 4 Did not advance
Women's 200 m 22.52 2 Q N/A 22.59 4 Did not advance
Marie-Josée Ta Lou Women's 100 m Bye 11.01 2 Q 10.94 3 q 10.86 4
Women's 200 m 22.31 1 Q N/A 22.28 PB 1 Q 22.21 4

Fencing

Ivory Coast has entered one fencer into the Olympic competition for the first time. Gbahi-Gwladys Sakoa had received a spare Olympic berth freed up by South Africa, as the next highest-ranked fencer, not yet qualified, in the women's épée at the African Zonal Qualifier in Algiers, Algeria.

Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Gbahi-Gwladys Sakoa Women's épée Bye  Sun Yw (CHN)
L 11–15
Did not advance

Judo

Ivory Coast has qualified one judoka for the women's lightweight category (57 kg) at the Games. Zouleiha Abzetta Dabonne earned a continental quota spot from the African region as highest-ranked Ivorian judoka outside of direct qualifying position in the IJF World Ranking List of May 30, 2016.[8]

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Zouleiha Abzetta Dabonne Women's −57 kg Bye  Matsumoto (JPN)
L 000–101
Did not advance

Swimming

Ivory Coast has received a Universality invitation from FINA to send two swimmers (one male and one female) to the Olympics.[9][10][11]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Thibaut Danho Men's 100 m freestyle 52.78 54 Did not advance
Talita Te Flan Women's 800 m freestyle 9:07.21 27 N/A Did not advance

Taekwondo

Ivory Coast entered three athletes into the taekwondo competition at the Olympics. Cheick Sallah Cisse qualified automatically for the men's welterweight category (80 kg) by finishing in the top 6 WTF Olympic rankings.[12] Meanwhile, 2012 Olympian Ruth Gbagbi and debutant Mamina Koné secured the remaining spots on the Ivory Coast team by virtue of their top two finish respectively in the women's welterweight (67 kg) and heavyweight category (+67 kg) at the 2016 African Qualification Tournament in Agadir, Morocco.[13]

Athlete Event Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Cheick Sallah Cissé Men's −80 kg  Paziński (POL)
W 8–2
 Güleç (GER)
W 7–1
 Oueslati (TUN)
W 7–6
Bye  Muhammad (GBR)
W 8–6
1st, gold medalist(s)
Ruth Gbagbi Women's −67 kg  El-Sawalhy (EGY)
W 4–3
 Niaré (FRA)
L 4–5
Did not advance  Louissaint (HAI)
W 7–2
 Azizova (AZE)
W 7–1
3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Mamina Koné Women's +67 kg  Épangue (FRA)
L 1–3
Did not advance

References

  1. ^ a b Ahoutou, Guillaume (28 July 2016). "Jeux Olympiques 2016: Murielle Ahouré porte-drapeau de la Côte d'Ivoire" [2016 Olympics: Murielle Ahouré will be Ivory Coast's flag bearer] (in French). Linfodrome.ci. 
  2. ^ a b "La Côte d'Ivoire présente aux JO de Rio avec 12 athlètes (CIO)" [Côte d'Ivoire presented the 12 athletes for the Rio Olympics] (in French). Imatin.net. 2 August 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "Cisse's last-gasp taekwondo gold first for Ivory Coast". Olympics. 2 August 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2016. 
  4. ^ "Egypt Qualifies 2 at Rio 2016 African Qualification Tournament". World Archery Federation. 31 January 2016. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  5. ^ Wells, Chris (26 July 2016). "Greek archer Psarra added to olympic start list". World Archery Federation. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "iaaf.org – Top Lists". IAAF. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "IAAF Games of the XXX Olympiad – Rio 2016 Entry Standards" (PDF). IAAF. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "IJF Officially Announces Qualified Athletes for Rio 2016 Olympic Games". International Judo Federation. 23 June 2016. Retrieved 24 June 2016. 
  9. ^ "Swimming World Rankings". FINA. Archived from the original on 6 January 2011. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "Men's Final Entry List" (PDF). FINA. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  11. ^ "Women's Final Entry List" (PDF). FINA. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  12. ^ "First Wave of 24 Taekwondo Athletes Qualifies for 2016 Rio Olympics". World Taekwondo Federation. 6 December 2015. Retrieved 7 December 2015. 
  13. ^ "Ten countries secure Rio 2016 places at taekwondo African Qualification Tournament". World Taekwondo Federation. 8 February 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
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