Bermuda at the 2016 Summer Olympics

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Bermuda at the
2016 Summer Olympics
Flag of Bermuda.svg
NOCBermuda Olympic Association
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors8 in 5 sports
Flag bearerTyrone Smith[1]
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Bermuda competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. Since the nation's official debut in 1936, Bermudian athletes have appeared in every edition of the Summer Olympic Games, but did not attend the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow because of the nation's partial support for the US-led boycott.

The Bermuda Olympic Association sent a total of eight athletes, four per gender, to compete in five different sports at the Games, matching its roster size with London 2012.[2] Two of them returned for their third Olympic appearance in Rio de Janeiro: triathlete Flora Duffy and long jumper Tyrone Smith, who finished twelfth in the final at the previous Games. The most successful and experienced member of the team, Smith was appointed by the committee to carry the Bermudian flag in the opening ceremony.[1] Among the sports represented by the athletes, Bermuda marked its Olympic return in rowing for the first time since 1972. However, Bermuda failed to send an athlete in equestrian for the first time since 1976.

Bermuda, however, failed to collect its first Olympic medal, since the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, where Clarence Hill won the bronze in men's heavyweight boxing. Unable to end her nation's 40-year drought on the podium, Duffy produced the best result for the Bermudans at the Games, finishing eighth in the women's triathlon.[3]

Athletics (track and field)[edit]

Bermudan athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event):[4][5]

  • 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
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Harold Houston 200 m 20.85 6 Did not advance
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Tyrone Smith Long jump 7.81 16 Did not advance


Bermuda has qualified one boat in the women's single sculls for the Games at the 2016 Latin American Continental Qualification Regatta in Valparaiso, Chile, signifying the nation's Olympic return to the sport for the first time since 1972.[6]

Athlete Event Heats Repechage Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Michelle Pearson Women's single sculls 8:22.15 3 QF Bye 7:34.00 4 SC/D 8:05.78 2 FC 7:34.41 16

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


Bermuda has qualified a boat in the Laser Radial class by virtue of a top finish for North America at the 2016 ISAF World Cup regatta in Miami, Florida, United States.[7] Another boat was also awarded to the Bermudian sailor competing in the Laser boat through a Tripartite Commission invitation.

Athlete Event Race Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 M*
Cameron Pimentel Laser 31 45 41 27 44 42 39 34 42 39 EL 339 41
Athlete Event Race Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 M*
Cecilia Wollmann Laser Radial 32 28 33 35 35 33 34 33 32 32 EL 291 34

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


Bermuda has received a Universality invitation from FINA to send two swimmers (one male and one female) to the Olympics.[8][9][10]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Julian Fletcher Men's 100 m breaststroke 1:02.73 40 Did not advance
Rebecca Heyliger Women's 50 m freestyle 26.54 52 Did not advance


Bermuda has entered one triathlete to compete at the Games. Remarkably going to her third Olympics, world no. 6 seed Flora Duffy was ranked among the top 40 eligible triathletes in the women's event based on the ITU Olympic Qualification List as of May 15, 2016.[11][12]

Athlete Event Swim (1.5 km) Trans 1 Bike (40 km) Trans 2 Run (10 km) Total Time Rank
Flora Duffy Women's 19:08 0:52 1:01:29 0:41 36:15 1:58:25 8

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Long Jumper Tyrone Smith to Carry Bermuda Flag". Bermuda Olympic Association. 5 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Bermuda Team For 2016 Olympics Announced". Bernews. 23 June 2016. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  3. ^ Burgess, Don (23 June 2016). "Flora Duffy Finishes 8th In Olympics". Bernews. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  4. ^ " – Top Lists". IAAF. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  5. ^ "IAAF Games of the XXX Olympiad – Rio 2016 Entry Standards" (PDF). IAAF. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Olympic qualification spots confirmed for the Americas". FISA. 20 April 2016. Retrieved 20 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Rio 2016 spots decided at Sailing World Cup Miami presented by Sunbrella". ISAF. 29 January 2016. Archived from the original on 11 March 2016. Retrieved 30 January 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  8. ^ "Swimming World Rankings". FINA. Archived from the original on 6 January 2011. Retrieved 14 March 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  9. ^ "Rio 2016 – FINA Swimming Qualification System" (PDF). Rio 2016. FINA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 February 2015. Retrieved 23 January 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  10. ^ "Bermuda Team For 2016 Olympics Announced". Bernews. 24 June 2016. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  11. ^ Wright, Stephen (17 May 2016). "Pimentel hoping for Olympic wild card". Bermuda: The Royal Gazette. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  12. ^ "National Federations select athletes for Rio Olympics". International Triathlon Union. 18 May 2016. Retrieved 26 May 2016.

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