Palau at the 2008 Summer Olympics

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Palau at the Olympic Games

Flag of Palau
IOC code  PLW
NOC Palau National Olympic Committee
Website www.oceaniasport.com/palau
At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing
Competitors 5[1] in 3 sports
Officials 7[1]
Flag bearer Elgin Loren Elwais (opening)
Amber Yobech (closing)
Medals Gold
0
Silver
0
Bronze
0
Total
0
Olympic history (summary)
Summer Games

Palau competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. Palau's Olympic delegation was led by Frank Kyota, the President of the Palau National Olympic Committee, and consisted of five athletes, three team officials and four coaches.[2] This was an increase from the nation's two previous appearances at the Summer Olympic Games; four athletes had been sent to both the Sydney and Athens Games.[3] Palau's Olympic team was one of the 117 that won no medals at the Games.

Opening & closing ceremonies[edit]

Palau was the 119th national team to enter the Beijing National Stadium in the parade of nations during the Opening Ceremony. The country's flag bearer was freestyle wrestler Elgin Loren Elwais,[4] the first Palauan athlete to have qualified for a Games based on his own performances.[2]

At the Closing Ceremony athletes entered in a less formal style, led by the flag bearers of all the competing nations.[5] The Palauan flag was carried by swimmer Amber Yobech.[6]

Athletics[edit]

The 2008 Palau Olympic Team

Palau had two competitors in the sport of athletics, one in each of the men's and women's 100 m sprints. Jesse Tamangrow finished seventh out of eight competitors in a heat which included eventual bronze medallist Walter Dix. Despite setting a new personal best time of 11.38 seconds he did not advance to the quarterfinals of the competition.[7] In the women's event Peoria Koshiba finished eighth out of nine athletes in the first heat and did not advance to the next round.[8]

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
Jesse Tamangrow 100 m 11.38 PB 7 Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Peoria Koshiba 100 m 13.18 8 Did not advance

Swimming[edit]

Amber Yobech, the youngest member of the team at age 17,[9] was the sole Palauan representative in the swimming events. She finished 3rd in her heat and 71st out of the 92 competitors overall.[10]

Women
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Amber Yobech 50 m freestyle 30.00 71 Did not advance

Qualifiers for the latter rounds of all swimming events at the Games were decided on a time only basis between competitors from all heats, therefore the rank shown is an overall position against every swimmer in the round.[11]

Wrestling[edit]

Two wrestlers represented Palau in Beijing.[1] Both athletes received byes in the first round but were defeated in their respective round of 16 matches. Elgin Loren Elwais, the reigning Oceanic champion, was beaten on points by three times world champion Hamid Soryan in the Greco-Roman 55 kg.[12] After the bout he announced his hope of competing at the 2012 Olympics in London, saying, "It is my first Olympics and I am looking forward to my next because I'm young."[13] The other wrestler Florian Skilang Temengil was beaten by Hungarian Ottó Aubéli in the Freestyle 120 kg.[14]

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
Florian Skilang Temengil −120 kg BYE  Aubéli (HUN)
L 1–3 PP
Did not advance 16
Men's Greco-Roman
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
Elgin Loren Elwais −55 kg BYE  Sourian (IRI)
L 0–3 PO
Did not advance 19

Media coverage[edit]

The 2008 Summer Olympics marked the first time that Palauans were able to watch complete Olympic television coverage of all events in their own country. Palau's in-depth television coverage was due to a special agreement between TV New Zealand and the Palau National Communications Corporation.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Team Palau – Beijing 2008". Official Website of the Palau National Olympic Committee. Retrieved 24 August 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c Miho, David (6 August 2008). "Six Palauan Athletes In China For Olympics". Pacific Magazine. Retrieved 8 August 2008. 
  3. ^ "Official Olympic Reports". LA84 Foundation. Retrieved 19 October 2008. 
  4. ^ "List of Flagbearers Beijing 2008" (PDF). www.olympic.org. Retrieved 8 August 2008. 
  5. ^ "Beijing bids farewell to Olympics". BBC Sport. 24 August 2008. Retrieved 1 October 2008. 
  6. ^ "Closing Ceremony Flag Bearers" (PDF). www.olympic.org. Retrieved 1 October 2008. 
  7. ^ "Results Men's 100m Round 1 – Heat 7". The Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Archived from the original on 18 August 2008. Retrieved 1 October 2008. 
  8. ^ "Results Women's 100m Round 1 – Heat 1". The Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Archived from the original on 19 August 2008. Retrieved 1 October 2008. 
  9. ^ "Athlete Biography YOBECH Amber". The Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Archived from the original on 8 September 2008. Retrieved 1 October 2008. 
  10. ^ "Results Summary Women's 50m Freestyle – Heats". The Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Archived from the original on 19 August 2008. Retrieved 1 October 2008. 
  11. ^ "Competition Format". The Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Retrieved 19 October 2008. 
  12. ^ "Bout Result - Men's GR 55 kg 1/8 Final /Bout No.26 /Mat C". The Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Retrieved 18 June 2011. 
  13. ^ "Palau wrestler bows out in Olympic debut". Xinhua. 12 August 2008. Retrieved 1 October 2008. 
  14. ^ "Bout Result - Men's FR 120 kg 1/8 Final /Bout No.139 /Mat C". The Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Retrieved 18 June 2011.