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Brunei at the 2016 Summer Olympics

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Brunei at the
2016 Summer Olympics
Flag of Brunei.svg
IOC codeBRU
NOCBrunei Darussalam National Olympic Council
Websitewww.bruneiolympic.org
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors3 in 2 sports
Flag bearerMohamed Fakhri Ismail
Medals
Gold
0
Silver
0
Bronze
0
Total
0
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Brunei, officially known as Brunei Darussalam, competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. This was the nation's seventh appearance at the Summer Olympics since its debut at the 1988 Summer Olympics. Brunei failed to register any athletes in two editions of the Games: 1992 in Barcelona and 2008 in Beijing.

The delegation included two sprinters, Mohamed Fakhri Ismail and Maizurah Abdul Rahim, as well as badminton player Jaspar Yu Woon Chai. Yu's appearance made him the country's first Olympic badminton player. All three athletes qualified for the game via wildcard places because they failed to meet their respective qualifying times/rankings. Ismail was selected to carry the Bruneian flag for the opening ceremony while Abdul Rahim held it at the closing ceremony. Following another zero medal appearance, Brunei has yet to win its first Olympic medal.

Background[edit]

Although Brunei first participated in the Summer Olympics in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, it was only represented by one official.[1] It would not be until the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, United States that the country would send athletes to the Games.[2] Since then, it has participated in six Summer Olympic Games between its debut and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[2] The country was the sole member of the International Olympic Committee not to participate in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing; it had intended to do so, but was excluded on the day of the opening ceremony after failing to register any athletes.[3] No Brunei athlete had ever won a medal at the Summer Olympics before the 2016 Rio Games.[2]

The Brunei Darussalam National Olympic Committee (BDNOC) selected two athletics competitors through wildcard places. Usually, an NOC would be able to enter up to three qualified athletes in each individual event as long as each athlete met the "A" standard, or one athlete per event if they met the "B" standard. However, since Brunei had no athletes that met either standard, they were allowed to select two athletes, one of each gender, as wildcards.[4] Brunei had intended to send another competitor, swimmer and national records holder Tiara Shahril Anwar to the Olympics, but she withdrew due to time-related reasons.[5] The three athletes selected to compete were Mohammad Fakhri Ismail in the men's 100 metres, Maizurah Abdul Rahim in the women's 200 metres, and Jaspar Yu Moon in the men's badminton singles.[4] Ismail bore the flag in the parade of nations[6] and Abdul Rahim held it in the closing ceremony.[7]

Athletics[edit]

Brunei received universality slots from IAAF to send two athletes (one male and one female) to the Olympics.[8][9] The pair of sprinters Mohamed Fakhri Ismail and Maizurah Abdul Rahim both made their Olympic debut.[10][11] The former competed in the men's 100 m event while Rahim participated in the women's 200 m. Rahim finished last in her heat and in total with a time of 28.02 seconds, still managing to achieve her personal best but missing the qualification entry standards.[12] Tori Bowie of the United States who finished first in Ismail's heat went on to win a bronze medal.[13] Meanwhile, Ismail qualified for the heat section of the event by finishing third in his heat in the preliminary round with a time of 10.92. Nevertheless, Ismail couldn't besten his previous time and finished ninth in the normal heats with a time of 10.95, thus failing to qualify for the semifinals.[14][15]

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

Track & road events
Athlete Event Preliminary Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Mohamed Fakhri Ismail Men's 100 m 10.92 3 q 10.95 9 Did not advance
Maizurah Abdul Rahim Women's 200 m N/A 28.02 PB 8 Did not advance

Badminton[edit]

Brunei received an invitation from the Tripartite Commission to send a badminton player in the men's singles event, signifying the nation's Olympic debut in the sport.[8][16] The Tripartite Commission is made in collaboration of the individual countries' committees, the International Olympic Committee, as well as the Badminton World Federation.[17] Jaspar Yu Woon Chai participated in the men's singles event. Yu was seeded in group D together with Hu Yun of Hong Kong and Pablo Abián of Spain.[18] Yu lost both sets against Hu on 12 August, the first 16–21 and the second 15–21.[19] The following day, Yu also lost both sets against Abián. The first was 12–21 and the second 10–21.[20] Hu went on to beat Abián on 14 August with two close sets, the former 21–18 and the latter 21–19.[21]

Athlete Event Group Stage Elimination Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Jaspar Yu Woon Chai Men's singles  Hu (HKG)
L (16–21, 15–21)
 Abián (ESP)
L (12–21, 10–21)
3 Did not advance

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Brunei expelled from Olympics' opening ceremony". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Associated Press. 8 August 2008. Archived from the original on 15 February 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Three athletes confirmed for Rio". bruneiolympic.org. Brunei Darussalam National Olympic Council. 2 August 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Tiara withdraws from Rio Olympic Games". bruneiolympic.org. Brunei Darussalam National Olympic Council. 2 May 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  6. ^ "The Flagbearers for the Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony". Olympic.org. International Olympics Committee. 5 August 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  7. ^ "The Flagbearers for the Rio 2016 Closing Ceremony". Olympic.org. International Olympics Committee. 21 August 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  8. ^ a b Yee, Chun Leong (31 July 2016). "Yu smashing his way into Olympic history books". The Brunei Times. Archived from the original on 21 August 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  9. ^ "IAAF Games of the XXX Olympiad – Rio 2016 Entry Standards" (PDF). IAAF. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Md Fakhri Ismail". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  11. ^ "Maizurah Abdul Rahim". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  12. ^ "200 Metres Summary | The XXXI Olympic Games". iaaf.org. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  13. ^ "200 Metres Women Final Result | The XXXI Olympic Games". iaaf.org. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  14. ^ "100 Metres Men Preliminary Round Result | The XXXI Olympic Games". iaaf.org. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  15. ^ "100 Metres Men Heat Result | The XXXI Olympic Games". iaaf.org. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  16. ^ "Trio Get Rio 2016 Tripartite Places". Badminton World Federation. 25 May 2016. Archived from the original on 29 May 2016. Retrieved 26 May 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  17. ^ "Rio Olympic Qualification - Tripartite positions explained". www.worldrowing.com. 23 May 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  18. ^ "Results - Mens Singles - Badminton - Rio 2016". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  19. ^ "Badminton Men's singles Group D results". Reuters. 12 August 2016. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  20. ^ "Badminton - Men's singles Group D results". Reuters. 14 August 2016. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  21. ^ "Badminton - Men's singles Group D results". Reuters. 14 August 2016. Retrieved 4 June 2017.

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