Central African Republic at the 1988 Summer Olympics

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Central African Republic at the
1988 Summer Olympics
Flag of the Central African Republic.svg
IOC code CAF
NOC Comité National Olympique et Sportif Centrafricain
in Seoul
Competitors 15 in 3 sports
Flag bearer Fidèle Mohinga
Medals
Gold Silver Bronze Total
0 0 0 0
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

The Central African Republic competed at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. This marked the third appearance of the nation at a Summer Olympics. The country entered 15 competitors, the highest number of Central Africans appearing at any Games so far; with the basketball team comprising 12 of them. In addition to the boxers Fidèle Mohinga and Moussa Wiawindi, there was marathon runner Adolphe Ambowodé, who had previously competed at the 1984 Summer Olympics. No medals were won by any of those athletes.

Background[edit]

The Central African Republic made its debut in the Olympic Games at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico.[1] The country has twice boycotted the Olympic Games, first was because of the inclusion of the New Zealand team at the 1976 Summer Olympics despite the breach of the international sports boycott of South Africa by the nation's rugby union team shortly prior.[2] Then in 1980, the country was one of several who joined in with a United States led boycott over the 1979 invasion of Afghanistan during the Soviet–Afghan War.[3] The highest number of Central African athletes entered in a team for an Olympics is 15, occurring at both the 1988 and 1992 Summer Olympics.[1]

Athletics[edit]

At his previous appearance the 1984 Summer Olympics, runner Adolphe Ambowodé completed the Men's marathon in a time of 2:41:26, finishing in 70th place.[4] His time in the marathon at the 1988 Games was nearly 18 minutes faster, with the runner finishing in a time of 2:23:52 in 42nd place out of the 98 athletes completing the course.[5] The result was the best performance by a Central African at an athletics so far.[6]

Marathon
Event Athlete Race
Time Rank
Men's marathon Adolphe Ambowodé 2:23:52 42

Basketball[edit]

The Central African team qualified for the Olympics following their victory at the FIBA Africa Championship 1987 in December that year.[7] They were one of two African teams, alongside the basketball squad from Egypt.[8]

Team roster

Head Coach: Joseph Marcel Bimale

Group play
Qualified for the quarterfinals
Team W L PF PA PD Pts Tie
 Yugoslavia 4 1 468 384 +84 9 1W–0L
 Soviet Union 4 1 460 393 +67 9 0W–1L
 Australia 3 2 429 408 +21 8 1W–0L
 Puerto Rico 3 2 382 387 −5 8 0W–1L
 Central African Republic 1 4 346 436 −90 6
 South Korea 0 5 384 461 −77 5
September 18
Central African Republic  73–70  South Korea
Scoring by half: 47–30, 26–40
September 20
Central African Republic  79–92  Yugoslavia
Scoring by half: 33–39, 46–53
September 21
Australia  106–67  Central African Republic
Scoring by half: 57–35, 49–32
September 23
Central African Republic  67–71  Puerto Rico
Scoring by half: 41–27, 26–34
September 24
Central African Republic  78–87  Soviet Union
Scoring by half: 31–40, 47–47
Classification round (9th/12th place)
September 26
Central African Republic  63–57  Egypt
Scoring by half: 33–31, 30-26
Classification round (9th/10th place)
September 26
Central African Republic  81–89  South Korea
Scoring by half: 41-43, 40-46

Boxing[edit]

The Central African Republic entered two boxers in the tournaments at the 1988 Summer Olympics, Fidèle Mohinga and Moussa Wiawindi. Mohinga competed in the welterweight class, defeating Adão N'Zuzi of Angola in the first round on 20 September. But, he was defeated by Maselino Masoe of American Samoa in the following round, four days later.[9] Wiawindi was defeated in the first round of the light-middleweight tournament by Cameroon's François Mayo.[10]

Boxing
Name Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Fidèle Mohinga Welterweight  N'Zuzi (ANG)
W Points
 Masoe (ASA)
L Points
Did not advance
Moussa Wiawindi Light-Middleweight  Mayo (CMR)
L Points
Did not advance

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Central African Republic at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games". Sports Reference. Retrieved 28 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "1976: African countries boycott Olympics". BBC On This Day. Retrieved 28 October 2016. 
  3. ^ Smith, Terence (20 January 1980). "The President Said Nyet". New York Times. Retrieved 22 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "Athletics at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games: Men's Marathon". Sports Reference. Retrieved 28 October 2016. 
  5. ^ "Athletics at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games: Men's Marathon". Sports Reference. Retrieved 28 October 2016. 
  6. ^ Grasso, Mallon & Heijmans 2015, p. 74.
  7. ^ "Back in the Day: A Little Bit of Seoul". Basketball Australia. 16 September 2010. Retrieved 29 October 2016. 
  8. ^ Wolff, Alexander (18 July 1988). "Continental Contact". Retrieved 29 October 2016. 
  9. ^ "Fidèle Mohinga". Sports Reference. Retrieved 29 October 2016. 
  10. ^ "Moussa Wiawindi". Sports Reference. Retrieved 29 October 2016. 

References[edit]

  • Grasso, John; Mallon, Bill; Heijmans, Jeroen (2015). Historical Dictionary of the Olympic Movement (5th ed.). Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 978-1-4422-4859-5.