Estonia at the 2016 Summer Olympics

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Estonia at the
2016 Summer Olympics
Flag of Estonia.svg
IOC code EST
NOC Estonian Olympic Committee
Website www.eok.ee (in Estonian)
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors 45 in 13 sports
Flag bearer Karl-Martin Rammo (opening)[1]
Mart Seim (closing)
Medals
Ranked 78th
Gold
0
Silver
0
Bronze
1
Total
1
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
 Russian Empire (1908–1912)
 Soviet Union (1952–1988)

Estonia competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. This was the nation's seventh consecutive appearance at the Games in the post-Soviet era and twelfth overall in Summer Olympic history.

The Estonian Olympic Committee fielded a team of 45 athletes, 28 men and 17 women, across 13 sports at the Games.[2] It was the nation's second-largest delegation sent to the Olympics, just two athletes short of the record achieved in Beijing 2008 (47). Among the sports represented by its athletes, Estonia marked its Olympic return to triathlon after being absent from London 2012, as well as weightlifting after eight decades. Athletics had the largest team by sport with only 13 competitors, roughly a third of the nation's full roster size. Apart from triathlon and weightlifting, there was also a single competitor each in archery, judo, and shooting.

Fifteen Estonian athletes competed in London, with discus thrower and 2008 champion Gerd Kanter, rowers Tõnu Endrekson and Andrei Jämsä, and épée fencer Nikolai Novosjolov headed to their fourth Games as the most experienced competitors of the team.[2] Sisters and marathon runners Leina, Liina, and Lily Luik set a historic record for Estonia, as the first identical triplets to compete in the same event at the Games.[3][4] Other notable athletes on the Estonian roster featured Greco-Roman wrestler and 2012 silver medalist Heiki Nabi in the super heavyweight category, and Laser sailor Karl-Martin Rammo, who was selected by the committee as the nation's flag bearer in the opening ceremony.[1][5]

Estonia left Rio de Janeiro with only a bronze medal, signifying its poorest showing in Olympic history since the break-up of the Soviet Union. It was awarded to the rowing foursome of Endrekson, Jämsä, and three-time Olympians Allar Raja and Kaspar Taimsoo in the men's quadruple sculls, rebounding from their out-of-medal position at London 2012.[6][7] Several Estonian athletes advanced further to the finals of their respective sporting events, but came closest to the medal haul, including the women's épée team, discus throwers Kanter and Martin Kupper, hurdler Rasmus Mägi, and Nabi, who could not reproduce his podium feat from London after losing the bronze to Russia's Sergey Semenov.[8]

Medalists[edit]

Medal Name Sport Event Date
 Bronze Tõnu Endrekson
Andrei Jämsä
Allar Raja
Kaspar Taimsoo
Rowing Men's quadruple sculls 11 August

Archery[edit]

One Estonian archer qualified for the women's individual recurve at the Olympics by virtue of a top six national finish at the 2016 Archery World Cup meet in Antalya, Turkey.[9]

Athlete Event Ranking round Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Score Seed Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Laura Nurmsalu Women's individual 625 35  Marchenko (UKR)
L 0–6
Did not advance

Athletics[edit]

Estonian athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event):[10][11]

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
  • NM = No mark

Men
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Jaak-Heinrich Jagor 400 m hurdles 49.78 4 Did not advance
Rasmus Mägi 48.55 3 Q 48.64 4 q 48.40 NR 6
Kaur Kivistik 3000 m steeplechase 8:44.25 13 N/A Did not advance
Roman Fosti Marathon N/A 2:19:26 61
Tiidrek Nurme N/A 2:20:01 63
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Gerd Kanter Discus throw 64.02 5 q 65.10 5
Martin Kupper 62.92 10 q 66.58 4
Magnus Kirt Javelin throw 79.33 23 Did not advance
Tanel Laanmäe 80.45 18 Did not advance
Risto Mätas 79.40 22 Did not advance
Combined events – Decathlon
Athlete Event 100 m LJ SP HJ 400 m 110H DT PV JT 1500 m Final Rank
Karl Robert Saluri Result 10.82 7.02 13.88 1.77 50.32 16.51 42.96 4.50 46.42 4:39.40 7223 23
Points 901 818 721 602 800 676 725 760 536 684
Maicel Uibo Result 11.16 7.14 NM 2.13 51.08 14.84 37.69 5.10 60.52 4:47.49 7170 24
Points 825 847 0 925 765 869 618 941 746 634
Women
Track & road events
Athlete Event Final
Result Rank
Leila Luik Marathon 2:54:38 114
Liina Luik DNF
Lily Luik 2:48:29 97
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Ksenija Balta Long jump 6.71 4 Q 6.79 6
Liina Laasma Javelin throw 58.06 20 Did not advance
Combined events – Heptathlon
Athlete Event 100H HJ SP 200 m LJ JT 800 m Final Rank
Grit Šadeiko Result DNF DNF
Points 0

Badminton[edit]

Estonia qualified two badminton players for each of the following events into the Olympic tournament. Remarkably going to his third Olympics, Raul Must had claimed his Olympic spot as one of top 34 individual shuttlers in the BWF World Rankings as of 5 May 2016, while Kati Tolmoff picked up one of the spare athlete berths freed by the Tripartite Commission as the next highest-ranked eligible player in the women's singles.[12][13]

Athlete Event Group Stage Elimination Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Raul Must Men's singles  Jørgensen (DEN)
L (8–21, 15–21)
 Leverdez (FRA)
L (18–21, 21–18, 12–21)
3 Did not advance
Kati Tolmoff Women's singles  Intanon (THA)
L (14–21, 13–21)
 Yip P Y (HKG)
W (5–21, 21–13, 21–19)
2 Did not advance

Cycling[edit]

Road[edit]

Estonian riders qualified for a maximum of two quota places in the men's Olympic road race by virtue of their top 15 final national ranking in the 2015 UCI Europe Tour.[14]

Athlete Event Time Rank
Tanel Kangert Men's road race 6:11:52 9
Rein Taaramäe Did not finish

Fencing[edit]

Estonian fencers have qualified a full squad in the women's team épée by virtue of their top 4 national finish in the FIE Olympic Team Rankings.[15] Meanwhile, Nikolai Novosjolov, who will compete at his fourth Olympics, secured a spot in the men's épée as one of the two highest-ranking fencers coming from the Europe zone outside the world's top eight qualifying teams in the FIE Adjusted Official Rankings.[16]

Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Nikolai Novosjolov Men's épée Bye  Park K-d (KOR)
W 12–10
 F Limardo (VEN)
W 15–12
 Imre (HUN)
L 9–15
Did not advance
Julia Beljajeva Women's épée Bye  Szász (HUN)
L 11–15
Did not advance
Irina Embrich Bye  Pantelyeyeva (UKR)
W 15–3
 Sun Yw (CHN)
L 12–15
Did not advance
Erika Kirpu Bye  Holmes (USA)
W 5–4
 S Besbes (TUN)
L 11–15
Did not advance
Julia Beljajeva
Irina Embrich
Erika Kirpu
Kristina Kuusk
Women's team épée N/A Bye  South Korea (KOR)
W 27–26
 China (CHN)
L 36–45
 Russia (RUS)
L 31–37
4

Judo[edit]

Estonia qualified one judoka for the men's half-heavyweight category (100 kg) at the Games. Grigori Minaškin earned a continental quota spot from the European region as the highest-ranked Estonian judoka outside of direct qualifying position in the IJF World Ranking List of May 30, 2016.[17][18]

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
Grigori Minaškin Men's −100 kg Bye  Rakov (KAZ)
L 000–000 S
Did not advance

Rowing[edit]

Estonia qualified one boat in the men's quadruple sculls for the Olympics at the 2015 FISA World Championships in Lac d'Aiguebelette, France.

Athlete Event Heats Repechage Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Tõnu Endrekson
Andrei Jämsä
Allar Raja
Kaspar Taimsoo
Men's quadruple sculls 5:51.71 1 FA Bye 6:10.65 3rd, bronze medalist(s)

Qualification Legend: FA=Final A (medal); FB=Final B (non-medal); FC=Final C (non-medal); FD=Final D (non-medal); FE=Final E (non-medal); FF=Final F (non-medal); SA/B=Semifinals A/B; SC/D=Semifinals C/D; SE/F=Semifinals E/F; QF=Quarterfinals; R=Repechage

Sailing[edit]

Estonian sailors have qualified one boat in each of the following classes through the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships, the individual fleet Worlds, and European qualifying regattas.[19][20][21] The women's 49erFX crew was added to the Estonia's sailing line-up, as the nation has received a spare Olympic berth freed up by Australia, Croatia and Austria from the International Sailing Federation.

Men
Athlete Event Race Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 M*
Karl-Martin Rammo Laser 24 19 17 44 30 28 36 8 2 5 EL 169 21
Deniss Karpak Finn 5 14 17 20 23 10 13 8 18 21 EL 126 20
Women
Athlete Event Race Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 M*
Ingrid Puusta RS:X 18 13 12 10 8 11 9 18 7 17 14 14 EL 133 11
Anna Maria Sepp
Kätlin Tammiste
49erFX 15 17 19 20 17 18 16 18 19 20 18 17 EL 194 19

M = Medal race; EL = Eliminated – did not advance into the medal race

Shooting[edit]

Estonia received an invitation from ISSF to send European Games finalist Peeter Olesk in both men's air and rapid fire pistol to the Olympics, as long as the minimum qualifying score (MQS) was fulfilled by March 31, 2016.[22][23]

Athlete Event Qualification Final
Points Rank Points Rank
Peeter Olesk Men's 25 m rapid fire pistol 553 25 Did not advance

Qualification Legend: Q = Qualify for the next round; q = Qualify for the bronze medal (shotgun)

Swimming[edit]

Estonia received a Universality invitation from FINA to send two swimmers (one male and one female) to the Olympics.[24][25]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Martin Allikvee Men's 200 m breaststroke 2:13.66 33 Did not advance
Maria Romanjuk Women's 100 m breaststroke 1:09.49 30 Did not advance

Triathlon[edit]

Estonia entered one triathlete to compete at the Games, signifying the nation's Olympic comeback to the sport after an eight-year hiatus. Kaidi Kivioja was selected as the highest-ranked triathlete from Europe in the women's event based on the ITU Points List.[26][27]

Athlete Event Swim (1.5 km) Trans 1 Bike (40 km) Trans 2 Run (10 km) Total Time Rank
Kaidi Kivioja Women's 20:07 0:56 1:05:53 0:39 38:05 2:05:42 44

Weightlifting[edit]

Estonia qualified one male weightlifter for the Olympics by virtue of his top 15 individual finish, among those who had not secured any quota places through the World or European Championships, in the IWF World Rankings as of June 20, 2016, signifying the nation's Olympic return to the sport for the first time since 1936. The place was awarded to Mart Seim in the men's super heavyweight division (+105 kg).[28]

Athlete Event Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank
Mart Seim Men's +105 kg 187 13 243 3 430 7

Wrestling[edit]

Estonia qualified three wrestlers for each the following weight classes into the Olympic tournament. One of them had claimed an Olympic spot in the women's freestyle 75 kg at the 2015 World Championships, while two more Olympic berths were awarded to Estonian wrestlers, who progressed to the top two finals each in men's Greco-Roman 98 & 130 kg at the 2016 European Qualification Tournament.[29][30]

Men's Greco-Roman
Athlete Event Qualification Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Repechage 1 Repechage 2 Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Ardo Arusaar −98 kg Bye  Magomedov (RUS)
L 0−6
Did not advance 16
Heiki Nabi −130 kg Bye  López (CUB)
L 0−3
Did not advance Bye  Eurén (SWE)
W 3−0
 Semenov (RUS)
L 0−6
5
Women's freestyle
Athlete Event Qualification Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Repechage 1 Repechage 2 Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Epp Mäe −75 kg Bye  Zhang Fl (CHN)
L 4−6
Did not advance 13

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