Afghanistan at the 2008 Summer Olympics

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Afghanistan at the Olympic Games

Flag of Afghanistan
IOC code  AFG
NOC Afghanistan National Olympic Committee
At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing
Competitors 4 in 2 sports
Flag bearer Nesar Ahmad Bahave[1]
Medals
Rank: 80
Gold
0
Silver
0
Bronze
1
Total
1
Olympic history (summary)
Summer Games

Afghanistan sent a team to compete at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. The team consisted of three men and one woman.[2][3][4] Initially, Mehboba Ahdyar prepared to run the 800 metres and 1500 metres,[2][5] but left her training camp on June 4 to seek political asylum in Norway.[6][7] The country was represented by two competitors in athletics, and two in taekwondo.[2] Afghanistan won its first ever Olympic medal at these games, with Rohullah Nikpai taking bronze in men's 58 kg taekwondo.

Medalists[edit]

Medal Name Sport Event
 Bronze Rohullah Nikpai Taekwondo Men's 58 kg

Athletics[edit]

Competitors in athletics events could qualify for the next round of competition in two ways. Qualifying by right involved ranking high enough in their heat, and qualifying by result meant ranking high enough in overall standings. Ranks shown are therefore those within each heat, not in overall standings.

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
Men
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Massoud Azizi 100 m 11.45 8 Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Robina Muqimyar 100 m 14.80 8 Did not advance

Taekwondo[edit]

Athlete Event Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Bronze Medal Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Rohullah Nikpai Men's −58 kg  Tuncat (GER)
W 4–3
 Pérez (MEX)
L 1–2
Did not advance  Harvey (GBR)
W 2–1
 Ramos (ESP)
W 4–1
Did not advance 3rd
Nesar Ahmad Bahave Men's −68 kg  M López (USA)
L 0–3
Did not advance  Manz (GER)
L 3–4
Did not advance

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Flagbearers Beijing 2008" (PDF). www.olympic.org. Archived from the original on 15 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-16. 
  2. ^ a b c "Afghan Athletes Train for Beijing Olympic ", Afghan embassy to the United States, April 29, 2008
  3. ^ Chalmers, John (2008-08-09). "Against all odds, Afghans try their luck in Beijing". Beijing, China: Reuters. Archived from the original on 2008-08-16. Retrieved 2008-08-16. "But Muqimyar, the only woman among four athletes representing Afghanistan at the Games..." 
  4. ^ "Afghan Tae Kwon Do Champ Aims for Olympic Glory", NPR, June 10, 2008
  5. ^ "Afghan Woman Runs Toward Olympics Despite Jeers, Potential Danger", Associated Press, March 16, 2008
  6. ^ Female Afghan athlete likely still on the run, USA Today, July 21
  7. ^ Fears ease after missing Afghan athlete found, Times of London, July 10