Belarus at the 2016 Summer Olympics

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Belarus at the
2016 Summer Olympics
Flag of Belarus.svg
IOC code BLR
NOC Belarus Olympic Committee
Website www.noc.by (in Russian) (in English)
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors 124 in 18 sports
Flag bearer Vasil Kiryienka (opening)[1]
Ivan Tsikhan (closing)
Medals
Ranked 40th
Gold
1
Silver
4
Bronze
4
Total
9
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
 Russian Empire (1900–1912)
 Poland (1924–1936)
 Soviet Union (1952–1988)
 Unified Team (1992)

Belarus competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. It was the nation's sixth consecutive appearance at the Summer Olympics in the post-Soviet era.

Medalists[edit]

Competitors[edit]

Archery[edit]

One Belarusian archer has qualified for the men's individual recurve at the Olympics by virtue of a top five national finish at the 2016 Archery World Cup meet in Antalya, Turkey.[2]

Athlete Event Ranking round Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Score Seed Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Anton Prylepau Men's individual 643 52  Soto (CHI)
L 5 (27)–5 (29)
Did not advance

Athletics[edit]

Belarusian athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event):[3][4]

A total of 36 athletes (14 men and 22 women) were named to the Belarusian track and field roster, as part of the nation's official team announcement on July 25, 2016, including two-time Olympic medalist Ivan Tsikhan, 2015 Worlds middle-distance champion Maryna Arzamasava, hurdler Alina Talai, and javelin thrower Tatsiana Khaladovich.[5]

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 Final
Result Rank
Aliaksandr Liakhovich 20 km walk 1:25:04 43
Uladzislau Pramau Marathon 2:22:48 83
Stsiapan Rahautsou 2:20:34 69
Dzianis Simanovich 20 km walk DNF
Ivan Trotski 50 km walk DNF
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Artsem Bandarenka Triple jump 15.43 37 Did not advance
Pavel Bareisha Hammer throw 73.33 13 Did not advance
Kanstantsin Barycheuski Long jump 7.67 23 Did not advance
Andrei Churyla High jump 2.22 =30 Did not advance
Siarhei Kalamoyets Hammer throw 74.29 8 q 74.22 9
Dzmitry Nabokau High jump 2.17 43 Did not advance
Maksim Niastsiarenka Triple jump 16.52 20 Did not advance
Dzmitry Platnitski 16.52 19 Did not advance
Ivan Tsikhan Hammer throw 76.51 2 Q 77.79 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Women
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Maryna Arzamasava 800 m 1:58.44 2 Q 1:58.87 4 q 1:59.10 7
Katsiaryna Belanovich 400 m hurdles 56.55 6 Did not advance
Maryna Damantsevich Marathon N/A 2:37:34 45
Nastassia Ivanova N/A DNF
Yuliya Karol 800 m 2:01.09 5 Did not advance
Sviatlana Kudzelich 3000 m steeplechase 9:32.93 10 N/A Did not advance
Volha Mazuronak Marathon N/A 2:24:48 5
Katsiaryna Paplauskaya 100 m hurdles 13.45 7 Did not advance
Nastassia Puzakova 3000 m steeplechase 10:14.08 17 N/A Did not advance
Alina Talai 100 m hurdles 12.74 2 Q 13.66 8 Did not advance
Nastassia Yatsevich 20 km walk N/A 1:32:53 17
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Alena Abramchuk Shot put 17.78 11 q 17.37 11
Aliona Dubitskaya 17.76 12 q 18.23 8
Tatsiana Khaladovich Javelin throw 63.78 5 Q 64.60 5
Tatsiana Korzh 56.16 26 Did not advance
Yuliya Leantsiuk Shot put 17.66 17 Did not advance
Hanna Malyshchyk Hammer throw 71.12 8 q 71.90 7
Alena Sobaleva 67.06 20 Did not advance
Volha Sudarava Long jump 6.29 26 Did not advance
Iryna Vaskouskaya Triple jump 13.35 31 Did not advance
Natallia Viatkina 13.25 35 Did not advance
Iryna Yakaltsevich Pole vault 4.15 34 Did not advance

Basketball[edit]

Women's tournament[edit]

Belarus women's basketball team qualified for the Olympics by winning the fifth-place match over South Korea and securing the last of five remaining berths at the 2016 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Nantes, France, signifying the nation's return to the sport for the first time since 2008.[6]

Team roster

The following is the Belarus roster for the women's basketball tournament of the 2016 Summer Olympics.[7]

Belarus women's national basketball team – 2016 Summer Olympics roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
F 4 Papova, Maryia 22 – (1994-07-13)13 July 1994 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) Galatasaray Turkey
PG 5 Tarasava, Aliaksandra 28 – (1988-06-23)23 June 1988 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) TSV 1880 Wasserburg Germany
SF 6 Snytsina, Katsiaryna 30 – (1985-09-02)2 September 1985 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Hatay BŞB Turkey
SG 8 Likhtarovich, Tatsiana 28 – (1988-03-29)29 March 1988 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Aluinvent DVTK Hungary
PG 9 Ziuzkova, Volha 33 – (1983-06-14)14 June 1983 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in) BK Tsmoki-Minsk Belarus
C 10 Verameyenka, Anastasiya 29 – (1987-07-10)10 July 1987 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) Fenerbahçe Turkey
C 11 Leuchanka, Yelena 33 – (1983-04-30)30 April 1983 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) Yakın Doğu Turkey
G 12 Harding, Lindsey 31 – (1984-10-26)26 October 1984 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) New York Liberty United States
F 13 Troina, Tatyana 35 – (1981-06-30)30 June 1981 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Basket Gdynia Poland
F 14 Trafimava, Nataliya 37 – (1979-06-16)16 June 1979 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) BK Gorizont Minsk Belarus
PF 18 Filonchyk, Maryia 24 – (1992-01-10)10 January 1992 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) SBK Olimpia Grodno Belarus
SG 41 Rytsikava, Yuliya 29 – (1986-09-08)8 September 1986 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) BK Gorizont Minsk Belarus
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 6 August 2016
Group play
Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Australia 5 5 0 400 345 +55 10 Quarter-finals
2  France 5 3 2 344 343 +1 8[a]
3  Turkey 5 3 2 324 325 −1 8[a]
4  Japan 5 3 2 386 378 +8 8[a]
5  Belarus 5 1 4 347 361 −14 6
6  Brazil (H) 5 0 5 335 384 −49 5
Source: FIBA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head results; 3) Points difference; 4) Points scored.
(H) Host.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Head-to-head record: France 3 pts, +8 PD; Turkey 3 pts, −2 PD; Japan 3 pts, −6 PD
6 August 2016 (2016-08-06)
19:45
Belarus  73–77  Japan
Scoring by quarter: 21–26, 19–15, 20–19, 13–17
Pts: Leuchanka 15
Rebs: Verameyenka 10
Asts: Harding 5
Pts: Kurihara 20
Rebs: Yoshida 9
Asts: Yoshida 8
Youth Arena, Rio de Janeiro
Attendance: 2,586
Referees: Damir Javor (SLO), Chahinaz Boussetta (MAR), Hwang In-tae (KOR)

7 August 2016 (2016-08-07)
19:45
France  73–72  Belarus
Scoring by quarter: 14–22, 20–20, 18–11, 21–19
Pts: Epoupa 16
Rebs: Michel 8
Asts: Epoupa 5
Pts: Likhtarovich 16
Rebs: Leuchanka 13
Asts: Harding 8
Youth Arena, Rio de Janeiro
Attendance: 2,075
Referees: Ferdinand Pascual (PHI), Duan Zhu (CHN), Vaughan Mayberry (AUS)

9 August 2016 (2016-08-09)
15:30
Brazil  63–65  Belarus
Scoring by quarter: 28–16, 12–19, 10–15, 13–15
Pts: Dantas 23
Rebs: Dos Santos 11
Asts: Pinto 4
Pts: Troina 18
Rebs: Leuchanka, Verameyenka 6
Asts: Harding 6
Youth Arena, Rio de Janeiro
Attendance: 2,075
Referees: Sreten Radović (CRO), Natalia Cuello (DOM), Leandro Lezcano (ARG)

11 August 2016 (2016-08-11)
12:15
Belarus  71–74  Turkey
Scoring by quarter: 19–13, 14–20, 21–24, 17–17
Pts: Harding 17
Rebs: Leuchanka 10
Asts: Verameyenka 7
Pts: Yılmaz 26
Rebs: Sanders 11
Asts: Vardarlı 7
Youth Arena, Rio de Janeiro
Attendance: 1,784
Referees: Carlos Peruga (ESP), Hwang In-tae (KOR), Carlos Júlio (ANG)

13 August 2016 (2016-08-13)
12:15
Australia  74–66  Belarus
Scoring by quarter: 22–25, 14–14, 16–20, 22–7
Pts: Cambage 17
Rebs: Cambage 9
Asts: Lavey 6
Pts: Harding 16
Rebs: Leuchanka 7
Asts: Likhtarovich, Leuchanka 4
Youth Arena, Rio de Janeiro
Attendance: 3,081
Referees: Karen Lasuik (CAN), Duan Zhu (CHN), Nadege Zouzou (CIV)

Boxing[edit]

Belarus has entered three boxers to compete in the following weight classes into the Olympic boxing tournament. Bantamweight boxer Dzmitry Asanau became the first Belarusian to be selected to the Olympic team, following a top three finish and a box-off victory at the 2015 World Championships.[8][9] Meanwhile, Pavel Kastramin and London 2012 Olympian Mikhail Dauhaliavets had claimed their Olympic spots at the 2016 AIBA World Qualifying Tournament in Baku, Azerbaijan.[10]

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Dzmitry Asanau Men's bantamweight  García (DOM)
W 2–1
 Erdenebat (MGL)
L 1–2
Did not advance
Pavel Kastramin Men's welterweight  Adi (THA)
L 1–2
Did not advance
Mikhail Dauhaliavets Men's light heavyweight  Manfredonia (ITA)
W 2–1
 Niyazymbetov (KAZ)
L 0–3
Did not advance

Canoeing[edit]

Sprint[edit]

Belarusian canoeists have qualified one boat in each of the following events through the 2015 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships.[11] On July 16, 2016, the International Canoe Federation (ICF) imposed a one-year suspension on the entire Belarusian canoeing team for a widespread doping that would effectively banned them from the Olympics. Despite that the Belarusian canoeists managing to file their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), only the women were cleared to compete.[12][13]

Athlete Event Heats Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Maryna Litvinchuk Women's K-1 500 m 1:53.966 2 Q 1:55.641 1 FA 1:54.474 4
Nadzeya Liapeshka
Maryna Litvinchuk
Women's K-2 500 m 1:42.285 1 FA Bye 1:46.967 6
Volha Khudzenka
Nadzeya Liapeshka
Maryna Litvinchuk
Marharyta Makhneva
Women's K-4 500 m 1:30.320 1 FA Bye 1:36.908 3rd, bronze medalist(s)

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

Cycling[edit]

Road[edit]

Belarusian riders qualified for the following quota places in the men's and women's Olympic road race by virtue of their top 15 final national ranking in the 2015 UCI Europe Tour (for men) and top 22 in the 2016 UCI World Ranking (for women).[14][15]

Athlete Event Time Rank
Vasil Kiryienka Men's road race Did not finish
Men's time trial 1:16:05.70 17
Kanstantsin Sivtsov Men's road race 6:30:05 49
Men's time trial 1:18:58.75 25
Alena Amialiusik Women's road race 3:53:37 13
Women's time trial 46:05.73 11

Track[edit]

Following the completion of the 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Belarus has entered one rider to compete in women's omnium at the Olympics, by virtue of her final individual UCI Olympic ranking in that event.

Omnium
Athlete Event Scratch race Individual pursuit Elimination race Time trial Flying lap Points race Total points Rank
Rank Points Time Rank Points Rank Points Time Rank Points Time Rank Points Points Rank
Tatsiana Sharakova Women's omnium 1 40 3:37.204 10 22 7 28 37.007 17 8 14.564 13 16 50 4 164 9

Diving[edit]

Belarusian divers qualified for the following individual and synchronized team spots at the 2016 Olympic Games through the World Championships and FINA World Cup series.[16]

Athlete Event Preliminaries Semifinals Final
Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank
Vadim Kaptur Men's 10 m platform 353.85 24 Did not advance
Yauheni Karaliou 347.80 26 Did not advance

Fencing[edit]

Belarus has entered one fencer into the Olympic competition. London 2012 Olympian Aliaksandr Buikevich had claimed his Olympic spot in the men's sabre by finishing among the top 14 individual fencers in the FIE Adjusted Official Rankings.[17]

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Aliaksandr Buikevich Men's sabre  Polossifakis (CAN)
W 15–6
 Szilágyi (HUN)
L 12–15
Did not advance

Gymnastics[edit]

Artistic[edit]

Belarus has entered two artistic gymnasts into the Olympic competition. Andrey Likhovitskiy and American-born Kylie Dickson had claimed their Olympic spots each in the men's and women's apparatus and all-around events, respectively, at the Olympic Test Event in Rio de Janeiro.[18][19]

Men
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Apparatus Total Rank Apparatus Total Rank
F PH R V PB HB F PH R V PB HB
Andrey Likhovitskiy All-around 14.200 15.233 13.866 13.966 14.900 14.600 86.765 16 Q 14.300 15.033 13.933 14.033 14.966 14.366 86.631 18
Women
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Apparatus Total Rank Apparatus Total Rank
V UB BB F V UB BB F
Kylie Dickson All-around 13.866 12.833 10.333 10.766 47.798 58 Did not advance

Rhythmic[edit]

Belarus has qualified a squad of rhythmic gymnasts for the individual and group all-around by finishing in the top 15 (for individual) and top 10 (for group) at the 2015 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany.[20] The rhythmic gymnastics squad was named as part of the nation's official team announcement on July 25, 2016.[5]

Athlete Event Qualification Final
Hoop Ball Clubs Ribbon Total Rank Hoop Ball Clubs Ribbon Total Rank
Katsiaryna Halkina Individual 17.733 17.733 17.200 17.466 70.132 9 Q 17.966 17.966 17.650 17.350 70.932 6
Melitina Staniouta 18.400 17.650 18.350 18.175 72.575 4 Q 18.200 18.250 16.633 18.050 71.133 5
Athlete Event Qualification Final
5 ribbons 3 clubs
2 hoops
Total Rank 5 ribbons 3 clubs
2 hoops
Total Rank
Hanna Dudzenkova
Maria Kadobina
Maryia Katsiak
Valeriya Pischelina
Arina Tsitsilina
Team 17.583 17.850 35.433 3 Q 17.283 18.016 35.299 5

Trampoline[edit]

Belarus has qualified a total of three gymnasts (one male and two females) in both men's and women's trampoline by virtue of a top eight finish at the 2015 World Championships in Odense, Denmark.[21]

Athlete Event Qualification Final
Score Rank Score Rank
Uladzislau Hancharou Men's 111.090 2 Q 61.745 1st, gold medalist(s)
Hanna Harchonak Women's 100.275 6 Q 5.700 8
Tatsiana Piatrenia 104.515 1 Q 54.650 5

Judo[edit]

Belarus has qualified two judokas for each of the following weight classes at the Games. Dzmitry Shershan was ranked among the top 22 eligible judokas for men in the IJF World Ranking List of May 30, 2016, while Darya Skrypnik at women's half-lightweight (52 kg) earned a continental quota spot from the European region as the highest-ranked Belarusian judoka outside of direct qualifying position.[22]

Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Dzmitry Shershan Men's −66 kg Bye  Sobirov (UZB)
L 000–001
Did not advance
Darya Skrypnik Women's −52 kg N/A  Kräh (GER)
L 001–011
Did not advance

Modern pentathlon[edit]

Belarus has entered one modern pentathlete into the women's event at the Games. Going to her third straight Olympics, Anastasiya Prokopenko was ranked among the top 10 modern pentathletes, not yet qualified, based on the UIPM World Rankings as of June 1, 2016.[23]

Athlete Event Fencing
(épée one touch)
Swimming
(200 m freestyle)
Riding
(show jumping)
Combined: shooting/running
(10 m air pistol)/(3200 m)
Total points Final rank
RR BR Rank MP points Time Rank MP points Penalties Rank MP points Time Rank MP Points
Anastasiya Prokopenko Women's 10–25 2 34 162 2:25.69 35 263 11 15 289 12:12.98 4 558 1272 22

Rowing[edit]

Belarus has qualified five boats for each of the following rowing classes into the Olympic regatta. Four rowing crews had confirmed Olympic places for their boats each in the men's single sculls, men's four, women's pair, and women's double sculls at the 2015 FISA World Championships in Lac d'Aiguebelette, France, while a women's single sculls rower had added one more boat to the Belarusian roster as a result of her top three finish at the 2016 European & Final Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Men
Athlete Event Heats Repechage Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Stanislau Shcharbachenia Single sculls 7:11.49 2 QF Bye 6:55.19 3 SA/B 7:06.69 2 FA 6:48.78 5
Vadzim Lialin
Dzianis Mihal
Ihar Pashevich
Mikalai Sharlap
Four 6:02.93 4 R 6:36.50 2 SA/B N/A 6:22.46 4 FB 6:00.57 9
Women
Athlete Event Heats Repechage Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Ekaterina Karsten Single sculls 8:21.21 2 QF Bye 7:28.03 3 SA/B 7:48.89 5 FB 7:25.03 8
Alena Furman
Inna Nikulina
Pair 7:35.23 5 R 8:07.16 6 FC N/A Bye 8:32.54 15
Yuliya Bichyk
Tatsiana Kukhta
Double sculls 7:27.22 3 SA/B Bye N/A 6:57.64 5 FB 7:40.48 8

Qualification Legend: FA=Final A (medal); FB=Final B (non-medal); FC=Final C (non-medal); FD=Final D (non-medal); FE=Final E (non-medal); FF=Final F (non-medal); SA/B=Semifinals A/B; SC/D=Semifinals C/D; SE/F=Semifinals E/F; QF=Quarterfinals; R=Repechage

Sailing[edit]

Belarusian sailors have qualified one boat in each of the following classes through the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships, the individual fleet Worlds, and European qualifying regattas.[24] Meanwhile, the men's RS:X spot had been re-allocated to the Belarusian team as the next highest-ranked eligible NOC, after New Zealand decided to reject the berth won by JP Tobin at the 2014 World Championships.[25]

Athlete Event Race Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 M*
Mikita Tsirkun Men's RS:X 23 27 25 16 8 32 16 19 22 24 18 17 EL 215 22
Tatiana Drozdovskaya Women's Laser Radial 22 10 5 13 25 17 26 30 13 6 N/A EL 137 19

M = Medal race; EL = Eliminated – did not advance into the medal race

Shooting[edit]

Belarusian shooters have achieved quota places for the following events by virtue of their best finishes at the 2014 and 2015 ISSF World Championships, the 2015 ISSF World Cup series, and European Championships or Games, as long as their minimum qualifying scored (MQS) were fulfilled by March 31, 2016.[26]

Rifle shooters Vitali Bubnovich, Illia Charheika, and Yury Shcherbatsevich, as well as pistol ace and four-time Olympian Viktoria Chaika, were officially named to the Olympic roster on July 13, 2016. Having missed a chance to defend his Olympic title in men's 50 m rifle prone, Sergei Martynov offered a special role at the Games as the head coach of the Belarusian rifle shooting team.[27]

Athlete Event Qualification Semifinal Final
Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank
Vitali Bubnovich Men's 10 m air rifle 622.9 17 N/A Did not advance
Men's 50 m rifle prone 626.2 4 Q N/A 144.2 5
Illia Charheika Men's 10 m air rifle 625.5 8 Q N/A 121.6 6
Men's 50 m rifle 3 positions 1166 31 N/A Did not advance
Yury Shcherbatsevich Men's 50 m rifle prone 622.1 18 N/A Did not advance
Men's 50 m rifle 3 positions 1170 18 N/A Did not advance
Viktoria Chaika Women's 10 m air pistol 380 16 N/A Did not advance
Women's 25 m pistol 575 24 Did not advance

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

Swimming[edit]

Belarusian 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)):[28][29] To secure their nomination to the Olympic team, swimmers must attain a top two finish under the FINA Olympic qualifying A standard in each of the individual pool events at the Belarusian Open (April 20 to 23) in Brest.

Six swimmers (four men and two women) were selected to the Belarusian team for the Games, with double silver medalist Aliaksandra Herasimenia and butterfly stalwart Pavel Sankovich leading them and racing in the pool at their third straight Olympics.[5]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Pavel Sankovich Men's 100 m butterfly 53.00 28 Did not advance
Viktar Staselovich Men's 100 m backstroke 55.68 32 Did not advance
Yauhen Tsurkin Men's 100 m freestyle 49.37 35 Did not advance
Men's 100 m butterfly 53.24 =30 Did not advance
Mikita Tsmyh Men's 100 m backstroke 54.97 29 Did not advance
Men's 200 m backstroke 2:00.96 25 Did not advance
Aliaksandra Herasimenia Women's 50 m freestyle 24.42 3 Q 24.53 8 Q 24.11 NR 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Women's 100 m freestyle 54.25 13 Q 54.34 13 Did not advance
Yuliya Khitraya Women's 50 m freestyle 25.18 27 Did not advance

Synchronized swimming[edit]

Belarus has fielded a squad of two synchronized swimmers to compete only in the women's duet by picking up one of four spare berths freed by the continental selection for being the next highest ranking nation at the FINA Olympic test event in Rio de Janeiro, signifying their nation's Olympic comeback to the sport since 2008.[30]

Athlete Event Technical routine Free routine (preliminary) Free routine (final)
Points Rank Points Total (technical + free) Rank Points Total (technical + free) Rank
Iryna Limanouskaya
Veronika Yesipovich
Duet 78.9913 21 79.0000 157.9913 21 Did not advance

Table tennis[edit]

Belarus has entered three athletes into the table tennis competition at the Games. Olympic veterans Vladimir Samsonov and Viktoria Pavlovich were automatically selected among the top 22 eligible players each in their respective singles events based on the ITTF Olympic Rankings.[31] Meanwhile, London 2012 Olympian Aleksandra Privalova was granted an invitation from ITTF to compete in the women's singles as one of the next seven highest-ranked eligible players, not yet qualified, on the Olympic Ranking List.

Athlete Event Preliminary Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Vladimir Samsonov Men's singles Bye  Karlsson (SWE)
W 4–2
 Drinkhall (GBR)
W 4–2
 Ovtcharov (GER)
W 4–2
 Zhang Jk (CHN)
L 1–4
 Mizutani (JPN)
L 1–4
4
Viktoria Pavlovich Women's singles Bye  Edem (NGR)
W 4–1
 Mikhailova (RUS)
W 4–2
 Cheng I-c (TPE)
L 3–4
Did not advance
Aleksandra Privalova Bye  Shahsavari (IRI)
W 4–3
 Chen S-y (TPE)
L 2–4
Did not advance

Taekwondo[edit]

Belarus entered one athlete into the taekwondo competition for the first time at the Olympics. Arman-Marshall Silla secured a place in the men's heavyweight category (+80 kg) by virtue of his top two finish at the 2016 European Qualification Tournament in Istanbul, Turkey.[32]

Athlete Event Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Arman-Marshall Silla Men's +80 kg  Cha D-m (KOR)
L DSQ
Did not advance

Tennis[edit]

Belarus has entered two tennis players into the Olympic tournament. Two-time Australian Open champion and double Olympic medalist Victoria Azarenka (world no. 39) qualified directly as one of the top 56 eligible players in the WTA World Rankings as of June 6, 2016.[33] Reigning mixed doubles champion and four-time Olympian Max Mirnyi teamed up with his London 2012 partner Aliaksandr Bury to compete for the second time in the men's doubles.[34]

On July 15, 2016, Azarenka announced her withdrawal from the Games due to expected pregnancy with her first child, leaving only Bury and Mirnyi on the tennis team.[35]

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Aliaksandr Bury
Max Mirnyi
Men's doubles  Marach /
Peya (AUT)
L 6–7(4–7), 5–7
Did not advance

Weightlifting[edit]

Belarusian weightlifters have qualified a maximum of six men's and four women's quota places for the Rio Olympics based on their combined team standing by points at the 2014 and 2015 IWF World Championships. The team must allocate these places to individual athletes by June 20, 2016.[36]

On June 22, 2016, the International Weightlifting Federation had decided to strip of one Olympic men's and women's entry place each from Belarus because of "multiple positive cases" of doping throughout the qualifying period.[37]

Men
Athlete Event Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank
Petr Asayonak −85 kg 170 =6 207 6 377 6
Pavel Khadasevich 170 =6 195 =9 365 7
Aliaksandr Bersanau −94 kg 173 =7 208 8 381 8
Vadzim Straltsou 175 4 220 2 395 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Aliksei Mzhachyk +105 kg 187 =9 224 12 411 12
Women
Athlete Event Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank
Anastasiya Mikhalenka −69 kg 103 DNF DNF
Darya Pachabut 105 8 132 7 237 7
Darya Naumava −75 kg 116 2 142 2 258 2nd, silver medalist(s)

Wrestling[edit]

Belarus has qualified a total of eight wrestlers for each the following weight classes into the Olympic competition. Two of them finished among the top six to book Olympic spots each in the men's Greco-Roman 59 kg and women's freestyle 75 kg at the 2015 World Championships, while three more berths were awarded to the Belarusian wrestlers, who progressed to the top two finals at the 2016 European Qualification Tournament.[38]

Two further wrestlers had claimed the remaining Olympic slots each in men's Greco-Roman 85 & 98 kg to round out the Belarusian roster at the initial meet of the World Qualification Tournament in Ulaanbaatar.[39]

On July 28, 2016, United World Wrestling awarded an additional Olympic license to Belarus in men's freestyle 57 kg, as the next highest-ranked nation, not yet qualified, at the World Championships one year earlier, and as a response to the previous doping bans on Russian qualified wrestlers, and to the implications in the McClaren Report on Russian state-sponsored doping allegations.[40]

Key:

  • 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
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Asadulla Lachinau −57 kg  Ansari (MAR)
W 4–1 SP
 Higuchi (JPN)
L 0–4 ST
Did not advance  Yang K-i (PRK)
L 1–3 PP
Did not advance 7
Amarhajy Mahamedau −86 kg  Kakhidze (KAZ)
W 3–1 PP
 Cox (USA)
L 1–3 PP
Did not advance 9
Ibrahim Saidau −125 kg Bye  Shabanbay (KAZ)
W 3–0 PO
 Akgül (TUR)
L 0–4 ST
Did not advance Bye  Jargalsaikhan (MGL)
W 3–1 PP
 Berianidze (ARM)
W 3–1 PP
3rd, bronze medalist(s)
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
Soslan Daurov −59 kg Bye  Berge (NOR)
L 0–3 PO
Did not advance 15
Javid Hamzatau −85 kg Bye  Peng F (CHN)
W 3–0 PO
 Hrustanović (AUT)
W 4–0 ST
 Beleniuk (UKR)
L 0–3 PO
Bye  Bayryakov (BUL)
W 3–1 PP
3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Tsimafei Dzeinichenka −98 kg  Schön (SWE)
L 1–3 PP
Did not advance 14
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
Maryia Mamashuk −63 kg Bye  Larionova (KAZ)
W 3–1 PP
 Johansson (SWE)
W 3–1 PP
 Pirozhkova (USA)
W 3–1 PP
Bye  Kawai (JPN)
L 0–3 PO
2nd, silver medalist(s)
Vasilisa Marzaliuk −75 kg Bye  Vescan (FRA)
W 5–0 VT
 Gray (USA)
W 3–1 PP
 Wiebe (CAN)
L 0–3 PO
Bye  Zhang Fl (CHN)
L 1–3 PP
5

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