Luxembourg at the 2016 Summer Olympics

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Luxembourg at the
2016 Summer Olympics
Flag of Luxembourg.svg
IOC code LUX
NOC Luxembourgish Olympic and Sporting Committee
Website www.cosl.lu (in French)
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors 10 in 5 sports
Flag bearer Gilles Müller[1]
Medals
Gold
0
Silver
0
Bronze
0
Total
0
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Luxembourg competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. Since the nation's official debut in 1900, Luxembourgish athletes have appeared in every edition of the Summer Olympic Games throughout the modern era, with the exception of the sparsely attended 1904 and 1908 Summer Olympics, and the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles at the period of the worldwide Great Depression.

Luxembourgish Olympic and Sporting Committee selected a team of 10 athletes to compete in five sports at the Games.[2] The nation's roster in Rio de Janeiro was also a replication to those sent to Athens 2004, but had an equal share between men and women with five each. Among the sports represented by the athletes, Luxembourg staged its Olympic comeback in track and field from a 12-year absence.

The Luxembourg team featured six returning Olympians. Five of them competed at London 2012, with the exception of professional road cyclist Fränk Schleck, who staged an eight-year comeback to his third and final Olympic circuit in Rio de Janeiro before retiring from the sport.[3] Other notable Luxembourgian athletes were swimmers Raphaël Stacchiotti and Laurent Carnol, table tennis player and four-time Olympian Ni Xialian, and world no. 44 tennis player Gilles Müller, who led the team as the nation's flag bearer in the opening ceremony.[1]

Luxembourg, however, failed to win its first Olympic medal, since the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, where middle-distance runner Josy Barthel took home the men's 1500 m title.

Athletics

Luxembourgish athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event), signifying the nation's Olympic return to the sport for the first time since 2004:[4][5]

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 Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Charles Grethen Men's 800 m 1:48.93 5 Did not advance
Charline Mathias Women's 800 m 2:09.30 8 Did not advance

Cycling

Road

Luxembourgish riders qualified for the following quota places in the men's and women's Olympic road race by virtue of their best individual ranking in the 2015 UCI World Tour (for men) and top 22 national finish in the 2016 UCI World Ranking (for women).[6][7]

Athlete Event Time Rank
Fränk Schleck Men's road race 6:13:36 20
Chantal Hoffmann Women's road race Did not finish
Christine Majerus Women's road race 3:56:34 18
Women's time trial 48:16.17 22

Swimming

Luxembourgish swimmers have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following events (up to a maximum of 2 swimmers in each event at the Olympic Qualifying Time (OQT), and potentially 1 at the Olympic Selection Time (OST)):[8][9]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Laurent Carnol Men's 100 m breaststroke 1:00.88 =27 Did not advance
Men's 200 m breaststroke 2:11.94 21 Did not advance
Raphaël Stacchiotti Men's 100 m freestyle 50.79 47 Did not advance
Men's 200 m individual medley 2:00.21 21 Did not advance
Men's 400 m individual medley 4:20.37 23 N/A Did not advance
Julie Meynen Women's 50 m freestyle 25.12 26 Did not advance
Women's 100 m freestyle 55.09 25 Did not advance

Table tennis

Luxembourg has entered one athlete into the table tennis competition at the Games. Remarkably going to her fifth Olympics, Ni Xialian granted an invitation from ITTF to compete in the women's singles as one of the next seven highest-ranked eligible players, not yet qualified, on the Olympic Ranking List.[10]

Athlete Event Preliminary Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Ni Xialian Women's singles Bye  Kumahara (BRA)
W 4–3
 Shen Yf (ESP)
W 4–3
 Feng Tw (SIN)
L 2–4
Did not advance

Tennis

Luxembourg has entered one tennis player into the Olympic tournament. London 2012 Olympian Gilles Müller (world no. 44) 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.[11][12]

Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Gilles Müller Men's singles  Janowicz (POL)
W 7–5, 1–6, 7–6(12–10)
 Tsonga (FRA)
W 6–4, 6–3
 Bautista Agut (ESP)
L 4–6, 6–7(4–7)
Did not advance

References

  1. ^ a b "Gilles Muller porte-drapeau du Luxembourg" [Gilles Müller will be Luxembourg's flag bearer] (in French). Luxemburger Wort. 5 August 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Who is going to Rio from Luxembourg?". Luxemburger Wort. 5 August 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Luxembourg's Fränk Schleck to hang up his helmet". Luxemburger Wort. 5 August 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  4. ^ "iaaf.org – Top Lists". IAAF. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  5. ^ "IAAF Games of the XXX Olympiad – Rio 2016 Entry Standards" (PDF). IAAF. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  6. ^ "UCI announces men's road Olympic quotas". Cyclingnews.com. 18 January 2016. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  7. ^ "UCI announce women's road cycling quotas for Rio Olympics". Cyclingnews.com. 1 June 2016. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Swimming World Rankings". FINA. Archived from the original on 6 January 2011. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Rio 2016 – FINA Swimming Qualification System" (PDF). Rio 2016. FINA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 February 2015. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  10. ^ "Ni Xia Lian qualifiée pour les JO à Rio" [Ni Xialian qualified for the Rio Olympics] (in French). L'essentiel. 22 May 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  11. ^ "ITF announces entries for Rio 2016 Olympics". International Tennis Federation. 30 June 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  12. ^ "Luxembourg's Gilles Muller directly qualifies for Rio". Luxemburger Wort. 6 June 2016. Retrieved 8 June 2016.

External links

  • Luxembourg at the 2016 Summer Olympics at SR/Olympics
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