Lesotho at the 2012 Summer Olympics

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Lesotho at the Olympic Games

Flag of Lesotho
IOC code  LES
NOC Lesotho National Olympic Committee
Website lnoc.tripod.com
At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London
Competitors 4 in 2 sports
Flag bearer Mamorallo Tjoka (opening)
Mosito Lehata (closing)
Medals Gold
Olympic history (summary)
Summer Games

The landlocked Southern African nation of Lesotho with five athletes sent, competed at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, United Kingdom from 27 July to 12 August 2012. This was the nation's tenth appearance at the Olympics, except the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal because of the African boycott.

Four athletes were selected to the team, competing only in athletics and swimming. Marathon runner Mamorallo Tjoka, who competed at her second Olympics as the oldest member of the team, was the nation's flag bearer at the opening ceremony. Lesotho, however, has yet to win its first ever Olympic medal.


4[1] athletes from Lesotho have 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):[2][3]

  • 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
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Tsepo Ramonene Marathon N/A 2:55:54 85
Mosito Lehata 200 m 20.74 7 Did not advance
Athlete Event Final
Result Rank
Mamorallo Tjoka Marathon 2:43:15 90



Lesotho has gained an "Universality place" from the FINA.[5]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Masempe Theko 50 m freestyle 42.35 72 Did not advance


In addition, Lesotho is sending Moshoeshoe Mokake as a taekwondo judge. He is quoted as saying:

"We are a nation proud about sport. Our country is small and, because it's landlocked by South Africa, people don't know about it. It's through sport that people can learn about Lesotho. We have a lovely country that we want the whole world to know about." [6]


  1. ^ Smith, David (13 July 2012). "guardian.co.uk - London 2012:Lesotho's athlete...". Guardian. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "iaaf.org – Top Lists". IAAF. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  3. ^ IAAF Games of the XXX Olympiad – London 2012 ENTRY STANDARDS (PDF), IAAF, retrieved 4 June 2011 
  4. ^ "London 2012 - Women's Marathon - Olympics". London2012.com. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "FINA Universality Places" (PDF). FINA. 6 July 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  6. ^ Smith, David (13 July 2012). "guardian.co.uk - London 2012:Lesotho's athlete...". Guardian. Retrieved 27 July 2012.