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Cape Verde at the 2012 Summer Olympics

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Cape Verde at the
2012 Summer Olympics
Flag of Cape Verde.svg
IOC code CPV
NOC Comité Olímpico Caboverdeano
in London
Competitors 3 in 2 sports
Flag bearer Adysângela Moniz (opening)
Ruben Sança (closing)
Medals
Gold Silver Bronze Total
0 0 0 0
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Cape Verde competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics which were held in London, United Kingdom from 27 July to 12 August 2012.[1] The country's participation at London marked its fifth appearance in the Summer Olympics since its debut in 1996.[1] The delegation included Ruben Sança, a long-distance runner; Lidiane Lopes, a sprinter; and Adysângela Moniz, a judoka. Moniz and Sança were also selected as the flag bearers for the opening and closing ceremonies respectively.[2] Of the three Cape Verdean athletes, only Moniz progressed further than the first round.[3][4]

Background[edit]

Cape Verde participated in five Summer Olympic games between its debut in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, US and the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.[1] The highest number of Cape Verdean athletes participating in a summer games is three[1] in the 1996 games in Atlanta, US, the 2004 games in Athens, Greece and in the 2012 games in London.[5][6][7] No Cape Verdean athlete has ever won a medal at the Olympics.[1] Three athletes from Cape Verde were selected to compete in the London games; Ruben Sança in the track and field 5000 m, Lidiane Lopes in the track and field 100 m and Adysângela Moniz in the judo +78kg.[3][4]

Athletics[edit]

Cape Verde was represented by one male athlete at the 2012 Olympics in athletics – Ruben Sança, a 5000 metres runner.[3] Making his Olympic debut at these Games, Sança was given a university place after previously competing in the marathon at the 2011 World Championships[8] and the 1500 meters at the 2009 Lusophony Games.[9] He competed on 8 August in the 5000 metres event,[10] finishing last out of 21 athletes in heat two in a time of 14 minutes and 35.19 seconds.[10] He was 1 minute and 20.04 seconds behind the winner of his heat, Dejen Gebremeskel. Overall he finished 40th out of 43 athletes,[a] and he was 1 minute and 13.98 seconds slower than the slowest athlete that progressed to the final round and, therefore, that was the end of his competition.[10]

The London Olympic Stadium, where Sança and Lopes competed in track and field events

Competing at her first Olympics,[11] Lidiane Lopes was the youngest ever competitor for Cape Verde at the Olympics, aged 17.[1] She competed in the 100 meters on 3 August.[12] Lopes was drawn into heat four[12] and ran a time of 12.72 seconds and finished fourth in her preliminary heat, 1.12 seconds behind the winner, Toea Wisil.[12] She finished 17th out of 33 athletes overall and was 0.48 seconds behind the slowest athlete who progressed to the heats.[13] Therefore, Lopes did not progress to the heats.[13]

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
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Ruben Sança Men's 5000 m 14:35.19 21 N/A Did not advance
Lidiane Lopes Women's 100 m 12.72 4 Did not advance

Judo[edit]

The ExCeL Exhibition Centre, where Moniz competed in the +78kg judo event

Cape Verde had one judoka competing in the 2012 Olympics.[4] This woman was Adysângela Moniz,[4] a 25-year-old athlete,[14] competing at her first Olympic Games.[14] She competed in the +78kg event. Moniz received a bye in the first round and fought in match four against Idalys Ortíz from Cuba in the second round.[15][16] Moniz lost and therefore did not progress to the quarter-finals.[16]

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Adysângela Moniz Women's +78 kg Bye  Ortiz (CUB)
L 0002–0103
Did not advance

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ One athlete, Hassan Hirt, was disqualified and another, Teklemariam Medhin did not start.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Sports Reference – Countries – Cape Verde". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "List of flagbearers London 2012" (PDF). Olympic.org. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Sports Reference – London 2012 – Cape Verde – Athletics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Sports Reference - London 2012 - Cape Verde - Judo". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Sports Reference – Atlanta 1996 – Cape Verde". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Sports Reference – Athina 2004 – Cape Verde". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "Sports Reference – London 2012 – Cape Verde". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "IAAF – Athletes – Cape Verde – Ruben Sança – Honours". IAAF. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  9. ^ Athletics Communications Staff (2 July 2012). "UMass Lowell distance great Ruben Sanca to run 5,000 meters at 2012 London Olympics". Northeast-10 Conference. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c d "IAAF – Results – Olympic Games – 2012 – Men – 5000 meters – Heats – Results". IAAF. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "Sports Reference - Olympics - Athletes - Cape Verde - Lidiane Lopes". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  12. ^ a b c "IAAF – Results – Olympic Games – 2012 – Women – 100 meters – Preliminary – Results". IAAF. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  13. ^ a b "IAAF – Results – Olympic Games – 2012 – Women – 100 meters – Preliminary – Summary". IAAF. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  14. ^ a b "Sports Reference - London 2012 - Athletes - Adysângela Moniz". Sports Reference. Retrieved 23 October 2014. 
  15. ^ "Sports Reference - London 2012 - Judo - Women's heavyweight - Round one". Sports Reference. Retrieved 23 October 2014. 
  16. ^ a b "Sports Reference - London 2012 - Judo - Women's heavyweight - Round two". Sports Reference. Retrieved 23 October 2014.