Latvia at the 2012 Summer Olympics

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Latvia at the Olympic Games

Flag of Latvia
IOC code  LAT
NOC Latvian Olympic Committee
Website www.olimpiade.lv (Latvian) (English)
At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London
Competitors 46 in 12 sports
Flag bearer Mārtiņš Pļaviņš (opening)[1]
Ineta Radēviča (closing)
Medals
Rank: 49
Gold
1
Silver
0
Bronze
1
Total
2
Olympic history (summary)
Summer Games
Winter Games
Other related appearances
Russian Empire (1900–1912)
Soviet Union (1952–1988)

Latvia competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom from July 27 to August 12, 2012. This was the nation's tenth appearance at the Summer Olympics.

The Latvian Olympic Committee sent a total of 46 athletes to the Games, 32 men and 14 women, to compete in 12 sports. Sixteen athletes had competed in Beijing, including silver medalist Ainārs Kovals in men's javelin throw, and defending Olympic champion Māris Štrombergs in men's BMX cycling. Pistol shooter and Olympic gold medalist Afanasijs Kuzmins, the oldest of the team, at age 65, became the first Latvian athlete to compete in nine Olympic games (including three of his appearances under the Soviet Union), tying the record set by Austria's Hubert Raudaschl. Meanwhile, Jeļena Rubļevska, who won silver in Athens, became the first female modern pentathlete to compete at four Olympics, since the sport's introduction to women in 2000. Among the twelve sports played by the athletes, Latvia marked its Olympic debut in table tennis.

Latvia left London with only one gold and one bronze medal. Māris Štrombergs, who managed to successfully defend his Olympic title in the men's BMX cycling, became the first Latvian athlete to win two Olympic gold medals in the post-Soviet era.[2] Meanwhile, Mārtiņš Pļaviņš, who became Latvia's flag bearer at the opening ceremony, and his partner Jānis Šmēdiņš won the nation's first ever Olympic medal in men's beach volleyball.

Medalists[edit]

Medal Name Sport Event Date
 Gold Māris Štrombergs Cycling Men's BMX 10 August
 Bronze Pļaviņš, MārtiņšMārtiņš Pļaviņš
Jānis Šmēdiņš
Volleyball Men's beach volleyball 9 August

Athletics[edit]

Latvian athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event at the 'A' Standard, and 1 at the 'B' Standard):[3][4]

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
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Ronalds Arājs 100 m Withdrew due to injury
Dmitrijs Jurkevičs 1500 m 3:41.40 9 N/A Did not advance
Igors Kazakēvičs 50 km walk N/A 4:06:47 45
Jānis Leitis 400 m 46.41 5 N/A Did not advance
Arnis Rumbenieks 20 km walk N/A 1:26:26 45
Valērijs Žolnerovičs Marathon N/A DNF
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Mareks Ārents Pole vault 5.35 22 Did not advance
Ainārs Kovals Javelin throw 79.19 17 Did not advance
Zigismunds Sirmais NM Did not advance
Igors Sokolovs Hammer throw 72.76 21 Did not advance
Māris Urtāns Shot put 19.13 27 Did not advance
Vadims Vasiļevskis Javelin throw 72.81 38 Did not advance
Combined events – Decathlon
Athlete Event 100 m LJ SP HJ 400 m 110H DT PV JT 1500 m Final Rank
Edgars Eriņš Result 10.99 6.98 13.45 1.93 50.62 15.22 45.10 4.50 57.35 4:35.88 7649 22
Points 863 809 695 740 786 823 769 760 698 706
Women
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Final
Result Rank Result Rank
Dace Lina Marathon N/A 2:47:47 98
Poļina Jeļizarova 3000 m steeplechase 9:27.21 4 Q 9:38.56 13
Agnese Pastare 20 km walk N/A 1:31:54 24
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Lauma Grīva Long jump 6.10 28 Did not advance
Līna Mūze Javelin throw 59.91 13 Did not advance
Sinta Ozoliņa-Kovala 58.86 20 Did not advance
Madara Palameika 60.62 10 q 60.73 8
Ineta Radēviča Long jump 6.68 5 q 6.88 4
Combined events – Heptathlon
Athlete Event 100H HJ SP 200 m LJ JT 800 m Final Rank
Aiga Grabuste Result 13.65 1.77 13.52 DNS DNF
Points 1028 941 762 0
Laura Ikauniece Result 13.71 1.83 12.64 24.16 6.13 51.27 2:12.13 6414 9
Points 1020 1016 704 965 890 885 934

Canoeing[edit]

Sprint[edit]

Athlete Event Heats Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Aleksejs Rumjancevs
Krists Straume
Men's K-2 200 m 34.447 5 Q 34.140 5 FB 36.110 11

Qualification Legend: FA = Qualify to final (medal); FB = Qualify to final B (non-medal)

Cycling[edit]

Road[edit]

Athlete Event Time Rank
Aleksejs Saramotins Men's road race 5:46:37 56

BMX[edit]

Athlete Event Seeding Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Points Rank Points Rank Result Rank
Māris Štrombergs Men's BMX 38.697 11 8 2 Q 10 3 Q 37.576 1
Edžus Treimanis DNF 32 12 2 Q 14 5 Did not advance
Rihards Veide 38.753 13 19 3 q 18 7 Did not advance
Sandra Aleksejeva Women's BMX 41.752 13 N/A 19 7 Did not advance

Gymnastics[edit]

Artistic[edit]

Men
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Apparatus Total Rank Apparatus Total Rank
F PH R V PB HB F PH R V PB HB
Dmitrijs Trefilovs All-around 12.900 14.233 13.133 14.733 13.533 14.033 82.565 38 Did not advance

Judo[edit]

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Bronze Medal Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Konstantīns Ovčiņņikovs Men's −81 kg  Guilheiro (BRA)
L 0002–0010
Did not advance
Jevgeņijs Borodavko Men's −100 kg  Liu (ASA)
W 0100–0000
 Peters (GER)
L 0000–0011
Did not advance

Modern pentathlon[edit]

Athlete Event Fencing
(épée one touch)
Swimming
(200 m freestyle)
Riding
(show jumping)
Combined: shooting/running
(10 m air pistol)/(3000 m)
Total points Final rank
Results Rank MP points Time Rank MP points Penalties Rank MP points Time Rank MP Points
Deniss Čerkovskis Men's 23–12 4 952 2:10.78 28 1232 224 32 976 10:46.88 13 2416 5576 19
Jeļena Rubļevska Women's 25–10 1 1000 2:26.93 32 1040 64 16 1136 12:17.22 15 2052 5228 8

Shooting[edit]

Men
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Points Rank Points Rank
Afanasijs Kuzmins 25 m rapid fire pistol 569 17 Did not advance

Swimming[edit]

Latvian 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)):[5][6]

Men
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Uvis Kalniņš 100 m freestyle 49.96 30 Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Gabriela Ņikitina 50 m freestyle 26.26 39 Did not advance

Table tennis[edit]

Latvia has qualified the following players.

Athlete Event Preliminary round Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Matīss Burģis Men's singles BYE  Hinse (CAN)
W 4–3
 Smirnov (RUS)
L 0–4
Did not advance

Volleyball[edit]

Beach[edit]

Athlete Event Preliminary round Standing Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Mārtiņš Pļaviņš
Jānis Šmēdiņš
Men's Pool E
 ErdmannMatysik (GER)
W 2 – 1 (19–21, 23–21, 15–9)
 HernándezVillafañe (VEN)
W 2 – 0 (21–14, 21–16)
 NummerdorSchuil (NED)
W 2 – 0 (21–14, 21–18)
1 Q  Skarlund
Spinnangr (NOR)
W 2 – 0 (21–18, 21–16)
 Gibb
Rosenthal (USA)
W 2 – 1 (19–21, 21–18, 15–11)
 Alison
Emanuel (BRA)
L 0 – 2 (15–21, 20–22)
 Nummerdor
Schuil (NED)
W 2 – 1 (19–21, 21–19, 15–11)
3
Aleksandrs Samoilovs
Ruslans Sorokins
Pool D
 FijałekPrudel (POL)
W 2 – 1 (12–21, 21–15, 15–12)
 ChiyaGoldschmidt (RSA)
W 2 – 0 (21–13, 21–10)
 GibbRosenthal (USA)
L 0 – 2 (10–21, 16–21)
3 Q  Brink
Reckermann (GER)
L 0 – 2 (12–21, 17–21)
Did not advance 9

Weightlifting[edit]

Latvia has qualified the following athletes.

Athlete Event Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank
Artūrs Plēsnieks Men's −105 kg 175 10 215 7 390 7

Wrestling[edit]

Latvia has qualified the following quota places.

Key:

  • VT - Victory by Fall.
  • PP - Decision by Points - the loser with technical points.
  • PO - Decision by Points - the loser without technical points.
Men's freestyle
Athlete Event Qualification Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Repechage 1 Repechage 2 Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Armands Zvirbulis −84 kg BYE  Díaz (VEN)
W 3–1 PP
 Gattsiev (BLR)
L 1–3 PP
Did not advance 10
Women's freestyle
Athlete Event Qualification Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Repechage 1 Repechage 2 Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Anastasija Grigorjeva −63 kg BYE  Pirozhkova (USA)
W 3–1 PP
 Battsetseg (MGL)
L 0–3 PO
Did not advance 9

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Latvijas karogu olimpiādes atklāšanā nesīs Pļaviņš" (in Latvian). Sportacentrs.com. July 17, 2012. Retrieved July 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Maris Strombergs repeats in BMX". ESPN. 11 August 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "iaaf.org – Top Lists". IAAF. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  4. ^ IAAF Games of the XXX Olympiad – London 2012 ENTRY STANDARDS, IAAF, retrieved 4 June 2011 
  5. ^ "Swimming World Rankings". FINA. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  6. ^ FÉDÉRATION INTERNATIONALE DE NATATION – Swimming, FINA, retrieved 8 June 2011 

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