British Virgin Islands at the 2016 Summer Olympics

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British Virgin Islands at the
2016 Summer Olympics
Flag of the British Virgin Islands.svg
NOCBritish Virgin Islands Olympic Committee
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors4 in 2 sports
Flag bearerAshley Kelly[1]
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

The British Virgin Islands competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. This was the nation's ninth consecutive appearance at the Summer Olympics.

British Virgin Islands Olympic Committee sent the nation's largest delegation to the Games since 1996. Four athletes, one man and three women, were selected to the British Virgin Islands team, participating only in both track and field and swimming.[1] Tahesia Harrigan-Scott (women's 100 m) etched her name into the history books as the first-ever female athlete for the British Virgin Islands to compete in three successive Olympic Games, while the rest of her teammates made their debut in Rio de Janeiro, including shot putter Eldred Henry, 16-year-old swimmer Elinah Phillip (women's 50 m freestyle), and Harrigan-Scott's fellow sprinter Ashley Kelly (women's 200 m), who subsequently acted as the nation's flag bearer in the opening ceremony.[1][2] British Virgin Islands, however, has yet to win its first Olympic medal.

Athletics (track and field)[edit]

Athletes from British Virgin Islands achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event):[3][4]

  • 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

Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Eldred Henry Shot put 17.07 34 Did not advance
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Tahesia Harrigan-Scott 100 m Bye 11.54 6 Did not advance
Ashley Kelly 200 m 23.61 5 N/A Did not advance


British Virgin Islands received a Universality invitation from FINA to send a female swimmer to the Olympics, signifying the nation's Olympic debut in the sport.[5][6]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Elinah Phillip Women's 50 m freestyle 26.26 48 Did not advance

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c British Virgin Islands Olympic Committee (2 August 2016). "Kelly selected as flag bearer for Rio 2016". BVI News. Archived from the original on 3 August 2016. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  2. ^ "BVI Flag Flies High At Rio Olympics 2016". Virgin Islands Platinum News. 5 August 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  3. ^ " – Top Lists". IAAF. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  4. ^ "IAAF Games of the XXX Olympiad – Rio 2016 Entry Standards" (PDF). IAAF. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Swimming World Rankings". FINA. Archived from the original on 6 January 2011. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Women's Final Entry List" (PDF). FINA. Retrieved 20 July 2016.

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