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Cape Verde at the 2008 Summer Olympics

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Cape Verde at the
2008 Summer Olympics
Flag of Cape Verde.svg
IOC code CPV
NOC Comité Olímpico Caboverdeano
in Beijing
Competitors 2 in 2 sports
Flag bearer Wania Monteiro
Medals
Gold Silver Bronze Total
0 0 0 0
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Cape Verde competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.[1] Their participation marked their fourth Olympic appearance.[1] Two Cape Verdeans competed in the Olympic games: Nelson Cruz participated as a marathon runner, and Wania Monteiro participated in gymnastics. Another athlete, Lenira Santos, was selected to compete in athletics but was forced to pull out due to injury.[2] Monteiro was selected as the flag bearer for both the opening and closing ceremonies.[3] Neither of the Cape Verdeans progressed beyond the first round.[4][5]

Background[edit]

Cape Verde had participated in three previous Summer Olympics, between its debut in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, United States and the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. At their debut, the country sent three athletes to the games, all in athletics.[6] The most number of Cape Verde athletes participating in a summer games, is three in 1996, 2004 and 2012.[1] No Cape Verde athlete has ever progressed out of the first round.[4][5][7][8][9][10][11][12][13] Two athletes from Cape Verde were selected to compete in the 2008 games; Nelson Cruz in the men's marathon and Wania Monteiro in the women's all-round gymnastics.[14]

Athletics[edit]

The Beijing National Stadium, where the marathon that Cruz competed in finished

Cape Verde was represented by one athlete at the 2008 Olympics in athletics.[4] This person was Nelson Cruz a marathon runner.[4] It was Cruz's Olympic debut but he had competed in two IAAF World Championships, in 2005 and in 2007.[15] He competed on the 24 August in Beijing,[16] and finished 48th out of 95[a] in a time of 2 hours, 23 minutes and 47 seconds, more than 17 minutes behind the winner, Samuel Kamau Wanjiru.[16]

Athlete Event Final
Result Rank
Nelson Cruz Men's marathon 2:23:47 48

Gymnastics[edit]

Rhythmic[edit]

In the sport of rhythmic gymnastics, Cape Verde was represented by Wania Monteiro, who competed in the individual all-round.[5] The Beijing Olympics was Monteiro second Olympic Games after competing in the individual all-round in 2004.[17] In 2008 Montero finished last in the qualifying round, with a score of 49.050 points.[18]

Athlete Event Qualification Final
Rope Hoop Clubs Ribbon Total Rank Rope Hoop Clubs Ribbon Total Rank
Wania Monteiro Women's individual 12.275 13.025 12.325 11.425 49.050 24 Did not advance

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 19 of the 95 athletes did not finish.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Sports Reference – Countries – Cape Verde". Sports Reference. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "The Cape Verdeans in Beijing". Asemana. 14 August 2008. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "List of Flagbearers Beijing 2008" (PDF). olympic.org. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Sports Reference – Beijing 2008 – Cape Verde – Athletics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c "Sports Reference – Beijing 2008 – Cape Verde – Rhythmic Gymnatics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Sports Reference – Atlanta 1996 – Cape Verde". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "Sports Reference – London 2012 – Cape Verde – Athletics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "Sports Reference – London 2012 – Cape Verde – Judo". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "Sports Reference – Athens 2004 – Cape Verde – Rhythmic Gymnastics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "Sports Reference – Athens 2004 – Cape Verde – Athletics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "Sports Reference – Athens 2004 – Cape Verde – Boxing". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  12. ^ "Sports Reference – Sydney 2000 – Cape Verde – Athletics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "Sports Reference – Atlanta 1996 – Cape Verde – Athletics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  14. ^ "Sports Reference – Beijing 2008 – Cape Verde". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  15. ^ "IAAF – Athletes – Cape Verde Islands – Nelson Cruz – Honours". IAAF. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  16. ^ a b c "IAAF – Results – Olympic Games – 2008 – Marathon – Men – Final – Result". IAAF. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  17. ^ "Sports Reference – Olympics – Athletes – Cape Verde – Wania Monterio". Sports Reference. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  18. ^ "Olympics – Results – Beijing 2008 – Rhythmic Gymnastics – Individual all-round – Women". olympic.org. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 

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