Democratic Republic of the Congo at the 2016 Summer Olympics

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Democratic Republic of the Congo at the
2016 Summer Olympics
Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg
IOC codeCOD
NOCComité Olympique Congolais
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors4 in 3 sports
Flag bearerRosa Keleku[1]
Medals
Gold
0
Silver
0
Bronze
0
Total
0
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

The Democratic Republic of the Congo competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. This was the nation's tenth appearance at the Summer Olympics since its debut in 1968, although it had previously competed in four editions under the name Zaire.

Four athletes from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, two per gender, were selected to the team across three different sports (athletics, judo, and taekwondo – the nation's sporting debut in Rio Janeiro) at the Games.[2] Taekwondo fighter Rosa Keleku, the only qualified sportswoman of the team, served as the nation's flag bearer in the opening ceremony.[1] Democratic Republic of Congo, however, has yet to win its first Olympic medal.

Athletics (track and field)[edit]

Congolese athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event):[3][4]

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 Heat Final
Result Rank Result Rank
Makorobondo Salukombo Men's marathon N/A 2:28:54 113
Beatrice Alice Women's 5000 m 19:29.47 16 Did not advance

Judo[edit]

Democratic Republic of the Congo has qualified one judoka for the men's half-lightweight category (66 kg) at the Games. Rodrick Kuku has received a spare continental quota spot freed up by South Africa from the African region as the nation's top-ranked judoka outside of direct qualifying position in the IJF World Ranking List of May 30, 2016.[5]

Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Rodrick Kuku Men's −66 kg Bye  Mateo (DOM)
L 000–010
Did not advance

Taekwondo[edit]

Democratic Republic of the Congo entered one athlete into the taekwondo competition for the first time at the Olympics. Rosa Keleku secured a spot in the women's flyweight category (49 kg) by virtue of her top two finish at the 2016 African Qualification Tournament in Agadir, Morocco.[6]

Athlete Event Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Rosa Keleku Women's −49 kg  Manjarrez (MEX)
L 5–9
Did not advance

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Jeux Olympiques 2016: Rosa Keleku désignée porte-étendard de la RDC" [2016 Olympics: Rosa Keleku will be the flag bearer for DRC] (in French). Radio Okapi. 31 July 2016. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Jeux olympiques: le premier athlète congolais en lice ce dimanche" [Olympics: The first Congolese athlete will compete this Sunday] (in French). Radio Okapi. 6 August 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  3. ^ "iaaf.org – 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. ^ "IJF Officially Announces Qualified Athletes for Rio 2016 Olympic Games". International Judo Federation. 23 June 2016. Archived from the original on 7 July 2016. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  6. ^ "Ten countries secure Rio 2016 places at taekwondo African Qualification Tournament". World Taekwondo Federation. 8 February 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2016.

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