Somalia at the 2012 Summer Olympics

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Somalia at the Olympic Games

Flag of Somalia
IOC code  SOM
NOC Somali Olympic Committee
At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London
Competitors 2 in 1 sports
Flag bearer Zamzam Mohamed Farah
Medals Gold
Olympic history (summary)
Summer Games

Somalia competed at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, from 27 July to 12 August 2012.[1] The country's participation at London marked it ninth appearance at the Olympics since 1972.[1]

Two track and field athletes, Mohamed Hassan Mohamed and Zamzam Mohamed Farah, were selected to the team by wildcard places, without having qualified for any sporting event.[2] Farah was selected as selected as the flag bearer for both the opening and closing ceremonies.[3] Neither of the two athletes progressed further than the heat round.[4]


Somalia participated in nine summer Olympic games between its debut in the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich and the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.[1] The country did not partcipate in the 1976 Summer Olympics and 1980 Summer Olympics due to boycotts relating to the New Zealand national rugby union team touring South Africa earlier in 1976 and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan respectively.[5] The nation also did not compete in the 1992 Summer Olympics, despite particpating in the opening ceremony.


The London Olympic Stadium, where Mohamed and Farah competed in track and field events
  • 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
Mohamed Hassan Mohamed 1500 m 3:46.16 13 Did not advance
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Zamzam Mohamed Farah 400 m 1:20.48 8 Did not advance


  1. ^ a b c "Sports Reference - Countries - Somalia". Sports Reference. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "In former rebel camp, Somali athletes eye London". The Daily Times. 12 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "List of flagbearers London 2012". Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Sports Reference - London 2012 - Somalia - Athletics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "BBC ON THIS DAY | 17 | 1976: African countries boycott Olympics". British Broadcasting Company. 17 July 1976. Retrieved 24 December 2014.