Bahrain at the 2016 Summer Olympics

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Bahrain at the
2016 Summer Olympics
Flag of Bahrain.svg
IOC code BRN
NOC Bahrain Olympic Committee
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors 35 in 4 sports
Flag bearer Farhan Saleh[1]
Ranked 48th
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Bahrain competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. This nation marked its ninth consecutive appearance at the Summer Olympics.

The Bahrain Olympic Committee fielded a team of 35 athletes, 21 men and 14 women, across four different sports at the Games. It was the nation's largest ever delegation sent to the Olympics, roughly a triple of its full roster size at any edition since it debuted in 1984.[2] Among the sports represented by the nation's athletes, Bahrain marked its Olympic debut in wrestling. More than fifty percent of the nation's roster were born outside Bahrain; majority of its athletes hailed from select African countries, particularly in Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Kenya.[3]

Notable Bahraini athletes featured sprinters Abubakar Abbas and Ali Khamis in the men's 400 metres, London 2012 Olympians Mimi Belete and Shitaye Eshete (both came from Ethiopia), Kenyan-born marathon runner and 2015 world bronze medalist Eunice Kirwa, Jamaican-born sprinters Kemarley Brown and Andrew Fisher, Russian-born freestyle wrestler Adam Batirov, and freestyle swimmer Farhan Saleh, who was selected by the committee to carry the nation's flag at the opening ceremony, the first by a male since 2004.[1]

Bahrain left Rio de Janeiro with two medals (one gold and one silver), signifying its most successful outcome in Olympic history. These medals were awarded to Bahrain's first ever Olympic champion Ruth Jebet in the women's 3000 m steeplechase, and Kirwa, who earned a silver in the women's marathon.[4][5]


Medal Name Sport Event Date
 Gold Ruth Jebet Athletics Women's 3000 m steeplechase 15 August
 Silver Eunice Kirwa Athletics Women's marathon 14 August


Bahraini athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event):[6][7] The track and field team was named on May 11, 2016, including track star Abubakar Abbas, 2014 Asian Games champion Kemi Adekoya, and two-time silver medalist Mimi Belete.[8]

  • 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
  • NM = No mark

Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Kemarley Brown 100 m Bye 10.13 1 Q 10.13 5 Did not advance
Andrew Fisher Bye 10.12 2 Q DSQ Did not advance
Salem Eid Yaqoob 200 m 20.19 1 Q N/A 20.43 5 Did not advance
Abubakar Abbas 400 m DSQ N/A Did not advance
Ali Khamis 45.12 1 Q N/A 44.49 3 q 44.36 NR 6
Abraham Rotich 800 m DSQ N/A Did not advance
Benson Seurei 1500 m 3:38.82 7 q N/A 3:40.53 8 Did not advance
Zouhair Aouad 5000 m DNF N/A Did not advance
Birhanu Balew 13:19.83 4 Q N/A 13:09.26 9
Albert Kibichii Rop 13:24.95 2 Q N/A 13:08.79 7
Nelson Cherutich 3000 m steeplechase 8:35.87 9 N/A Did not advance
John Kibet Koech 8:28.81 6 N/A Did not advance
Hassan Chani 10000 m N/A DNF
Abraham Cheroben N/A 27:31.86 10
El Hassan El-Abbassi N/A 28:20.17 26
Alemu Bekele Marathon N/A DNF
Isaac Korir N/A DNF
Ruth Jebet gave Bahrain its first Olympic gold medal in the women's 3000 m steeplechase.
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Hajar Alkhaldi 100 m Bye 11.59 6 Did not advance
Iman Essa Jasim Bye 11.72 7 Did not advance
Edidiong Odiong 200 m 22.74 1 Q N/A 22.84 6 Did not advance
Oluwakemi Adekoya 400 m 50.72 2 Q N/A 50.88 4 Did not advance
Tigist Gashaw 1500 m 4:10.96 11 N/A Did not advance
Mimi Belete 5000 m 15:29.72 10 N/A Did not advance
Dalila Abdulkadir Gosa DNS N/A Did not advance
Ruth Jebet 3000 m steeplechase 9:12.62 1 Q N/A 8:59.75 1st, gold medalist(s)
Tigest Mekonin 9:49.92 12 N/A Did not advance
Rose Chelimo Marathon N/A 2:27:36 8
Shitaye Eshete N/A DNF
Eunice Kirwa N/A 2:24:13 2nd, silver medalist(s)


Bahrain has received an invitation from ISSF to send Mahmood Haji in the men's rifle events to the Olympics.[8][9]

Athlete Event Qualification Final
Points Rank Points Rank
Mahmood Haji Men's 50 m rifle prone 612.6 46 Did not advance

Qualification Legend: Q = Qualify for the next round; q = Qualify for the bronze medal (shotgun)


Bahrain has received a Universality invitation from FINA to send two swimmers (one male and one female) to the Olympics.[10][11][12]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Farhan Saleh Men's 50 m freestyle 24.61 58 Did not advance
Fatema Almahmeed Women's 50 m freestyle 32.28 74 Did not advance


Bahrain has qualified one wrestler for the men's freestyle 65 kg into the Olympic competition as a result of his semifinal triumph at the initial meet of the World Qualification Tournament in Istanbul, signifying the nation's debut in the sport.[13][14]


  • VT – Victory by Fall.
  • PP – Decision by Points – the loser with technical points.
  • PO – Decision by Points – the loser without technical points.
  • ST – Technical superiority – the loser without technical points and a margin of victory of at least 8 (Greco-Roman) or 10 (freestyle) points.
  • SP – Technical superiority – the loser with technical points and a margin of victory of at least 8 (Greco-Roman) or 10 (freestyle) points.

Men's freestyle
Athlete Event Qualification Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Repechage 1 Repechage 2 Final / BM
Adam Batirov −65 kg Bye  Navruzov (UZB)
L 1–3 PP
Did not advance 14


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