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British Virgin Islands at the 2008 Summer Olympics

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British Virgin Islands at the
2008 Summer Olympics
Flag of the British Virgin Islands.svg
IOC code IVB
NOC British Virgin Islands Olympic Committee
in Beijing
Competitors 2 in 1 sports
Flag bearer Tahesia Harrigan
Medals
Ranked -th
Gold Silver Bronze Total
0 0 0 0
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

The British Virgin Islands took part in the 2008 Summer Olympics, which were held in Beijing, China from 8 to 24 August 2008. The dependency's participation at Beijing marked its seventh consecutive appearance in the summer Olympics since its debut in 1984, and its eighth Olympic appearance ever. The British Virgin Islander delegation included two athletes in 2008 participating in two distinct events in one sport: discus thrower Eric Matthias and sprinter Tahesia Harrigan. Of the athletes, Harrigan was the flagbearer and the first female Olympian to participate on behalf of the British Virgin Islands in its entire history. Overall, Harrigan advanced to quarterfinals in her event, although neither athlete medaled.

Background[edit]

The British Virgin Islands participated in seven summer Olympic games between its debut in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Their Olympic debut was at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, where the nation submitted a single athlete. The number of British Virgin Islanders participating in the summer games, excluding 1996 and 1984, included four or less athletes, and until Tahesia Harrigan in Beijing, only included men. Harrigan was the first female athlete to participate on behalf of the British Virgin Islands, and was its first female flagbearer.[1] At Beijing, the British Virgin Islands were represented by two athletes, both in their twenties and both participating in track and field events: Eric Matthias and Tahesia Harrigan.[2] Harrigan progressed to quarterfinals in her event, although neither athlete medaled.[3][4]

Athletics[edit]

Men's competition[edit]

Former Boise State University student Eric Matthias participated on behalf of the British Virgin Islands at the discus throw event. He was one of two British Virgin Islanders participating in a track and field event and in the 2008 Olympics as a whole. Matthias' appearance in Beijing marked his first appearance at any Olympic game.[5] Once at the Olympics, Matthias was placed in the second qualifying heat on 16 August. He threw the discus 53.11 meters, ranking last out of 18 athletes. The 17th place finalist in the second qualifying heat, Iraq's Haidar Nasser Shaheed, threw 1.08 meters further, with heat leader Rutger Smith of the Netherlands throwing the discus 12.54 meters further than Matthias.[4] Overall, out of 37 athletes, Matthias placed last, and did not progress to the final round on 19 August.[4]

The Beijing National Stadium, where Matthias and Harrigan competed in track and field events

Women's competition[edit]

University of Alabama graduate and single parent Tahesia Harrigan was the sole female competitor from the British Virgin Islands, and one of two participating in a track and field event and for the BVI as a whole.[6] Her appearance at Beijing was her first Olympic appearance;[7] she did not compete in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens because she was pregnant at the time.[6] When at the Olympics, Harrigan competed in the first round of the 100 m dash on 15 August, where she was placed in Heat 2 against, among others, Lauryn Williams of the United States and Christine Arron of France. Harrigan ranked third in a heat of eight athletes with a time of 11.46 seconds, placing behind Williams by 0.08 seconds and ahead of Brazil's Lucimar Moura by 0.14 seconds. Overall, Harrigan tied Jade Latoya Bailey of Barbados for 25th place out of 85. She progressed to the next round.[3]

Harrigan competed in the second round on 16 August, placed in Heat 4 against Williams, Jamaica's Kerron Stewart, and Belgium's Kim Gevaert, among others. She placed fifth out of eight athletes with a time of 11.36 seconds; she was 0.10 seconds ahead of sixth place heat finalist Semoy Hackett of Trinidad and Tobago and 0.12 seconds behind Belarusian fourth place heat finalist Yuliya Nestsiarenka. Overall, she tied Arron for 16th place out of 40 athletes. Harrigan did not progress further.[3]

Summary[edit]

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 Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Eric Matthias Discus throw 53.11 37 Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Tahesia Harrigan 100 m 11.46 3 Q 11.36 5 Did not advance

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "British Virgin Islands". Sports-reference.com. 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "British Virgin Islands". Sports-reference.com. 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "2008 Summer Olympics Results - Track and Field - Women's 100m Results". Beijing 2008. ESPN. 2008. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "2008 Summer Olympics Results - Track and Field - Men's Discus Throw". Beijing 2008. ESPN. 2008. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Eric Matthias". Sports-reference.com. 2008. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "History is inspired by Harrigan's special home support". news section. IAAF. 9 March 2008. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "Tahesia Harrigan". Sports-reference.com. 2008. Retrieved 12 May 2012.