Fiji at the 2016 Summer Olympics

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Fiji at the
2016 Summer Olympics
Flag of Fiji.svg
IOC codeFIJ
NOCFiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee
Websitewww.fijiolympiccommittee.com
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors54 in 10 sports
Flag bearerOsea Kolinisau[1]
Medals
Ranked 54th
Gold
1
Silver
0
Bronze
0
Total
1
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Fiji competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. Since the nation's debut in 1956, Fijian athletes had taken part in every edition of the Summer Olympic Games, except for two occasions. Fiji failed to register any athletes at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, and joined the American-led boycott when Moscow hosted the 1980 Summer Olympics.

Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee sent the nation's largest delegation to the Games, due to the attendance of the men's football and rugby sevens teams. A total of 54 athletes, 37 men and 17 women, and 35 officials were registered to the Fijian squad across ten different sports.[2] There was only a single competitor in archery, boxing, judo, shooting, and table tennis, the country's sporting debut apart from the rugby sevens.

The Fijian team featured a number of returning Olympians, including archer Rob Elder, javelin thrower Leslie Copeland, swimmer Matelita Buadromo (women's 200 m freestyle), weightlifter Manueli Tulo (men's 56 kg), and judoka Josateki Naulu (men's 81 kg). 53-year-old trap shooter Glenn Kable, who had competed in every edition since 2004, was the oldest and most experienced member of the team, with 17-year-old table tennis player Sally Yee rounding out the field as the youngest member.[3] Rugby sevens team captain Osea Kolinisau was selected as Fiji's flag bearer for the opening ceremony.[1]

Fiji earned its first ever Olympic medal at these Games, with a gold from the men's rugby sevens team (led by Kolinisau).[4]

Medalists[edit]

Medal Name Sport Event Date
 Gold Fiji national rugby sevens team
Rugby sevens Men's tournament 11 August

Archery[edit]

One Fijian archer qualified for the men's individual recurve at the Olympics with a top two finish at the Oceania Qualification Tournament in Nuku'alofa.[5][6]

Three-time Olympian Rob Elder scored a personal best of 635 during the qualification round to obtain a fifty-sixth position, before he was beaten three straight set by world no. 9 archer Wei Chun-heng of Chinese Taipei in his opening match.[7][8]

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
Rob Elder Men's individual 635 56  Wei C-h (TPE)
L 0–6
Did not advance

Athletics[edit]

Fiji received two universality places from IAAF to compete in the Olympics.[9][10] These places were awarded to London 2012 javelin thrower and 2015 Pacific Games gold medalist Leslie Copeland, and sprinter Sisilia Seavula in the women's 100 metres.[11][12]

Seavula was among the fastest sprinters to progress beyond the prelims, but she finished eighth in the heats, resulting to her elimination.[13] Meanwhile, Copeland threw a best of 76.04 m to obtain the thirty-second position in the qualifying round of the men's javelin throw, unable to improve upon his thirteenth-place feat four years earlier in London.[14]

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
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Sisilia Seavula Women's 100 m 12.34 2 Q 12.48 8 Did not advance
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Leslie Copeland Men's javelin throw 76.04 32 Did not advance

Boxing[edit]

Fiji received an invitation from the Tripartite Commission to send a male boxer competing in the welterweight division to the Games, signifying the nation's return to the sport for the first time since 1988.[15][16] 2015 Pacific Games silver medalist Winston Hill lost his opening round bout to Armenia's Vladimir Margaryan through a unanimous decision, with the judges scored 3–0, in favor of the latter boxer.[17][18]

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Winston Hill Men's welterweight  Margaryan (ARM)
L 0–3
Did not advance

Football[edit]

Men's tournament[edit]

Fiji men's football team qualified for the Olympics by winning the Olympic qualifying final at the 2015 Pacific Games Football Tournament in Papua New Guinea.[19][20]

Team roster

On 8 July, the Fiji Football Association announced a 24-man preliminary squad for the men's football tournament of the 2016 Summer Olympics.[21] On 16 July, the final 18-man squad was officially announced.[22] However, two players were axed from the squad due to disciplinary reasons and Joseph Turagabeci joined the squad as a replacement.[23]

Head coach: Australia Frank Farina

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals 2016 club
1 1GK Simione Tamanisau* (1982-06-05)5 June 1982 (aged 34) 0 0 Fiji Rewa
2 2DF Praneel Naidu (1995-01-29)29 January 1995 (aged 21) 0 0 Fiji Ba
3 2DF Filipe Baravilala (1994-11-25)25 November 1994 (aged 21) 0 0 Fiji Suva
4 2DF Jale Dreloa (1995-04-21)21 April 1995 (aged 21) 0 0 Fiji Suva
5 3MF Antonio Tuivuna (1995-03-20)20 March 1995 (aged 21) 0 0 Fiji Nadi
6 4FW Anish Khem (1993-09-27)27 September 1993 (aged 22) 0 0 Fiji Nadi
7 3MF Nickel Chand (1995-07-28)28 July 1995 (aged 21) 0 0 Fiji Suva
8 4FW Setareki Hughes (1995-06-08)8 June 1995 (aged 21) 0 0 Fiji Rewa
9 4FW Roy Krishna* (c) (1987-08-30)30 August 1987 (aged 28) 0 0 New Zealand Wellington Phoenix
10 3MF Ratu Nakalevu (1994-03-07)7 March 1994 (aged 22) 0 0 Fiji Rewa
11 2DF Alvin Singh* (1988-06-09)9 June 1988 (aged 28) 0 0 Fiji Ba
12 3MF Tevita Waranaivalu (1995-09-16)16 September 1995 (aged 20) 0 0 Fiji Rewa
13 4FW Iosefo Verevou (1996-05-01)1 May 1996 (aged 20) 0 0 Fiji Rewa
14 4FW Samuela Nabenia (1995-02-09)9 February 1995 (aged 21) 0 0 Fiji Ba
15 4FW Saula Waqa (1995-12-10)10 December 1995 (aged 20) 0 0 Fiji Ba
16 3MF Joseph Turagabeci (1994-11-19)19 November 1994 (aged 21) 0 0 Fiji Suva
18 1GK Shaneel Naidu (1995-03-28)28 March 1995 (aged 21) 0 0 Fiji Dreketi

* Over-aged player.

Group play
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  South Korea 3 2 1 0 12 3 +9 7 Quarter-finals
2  Germany 3 1 2 0 15 5 +10 5
3  Mexico 3 1 1 1 7 4 +3 4
4  Fiji 3 0 0 3 1 23 −22 0
Source: Rio2016 & FIFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Fiji 0–8 South Korea
Report (Rio2016)
Report (FIFA)

Fiji 1–5 Mexico
Krishna Goal 10' Report (Rio2016)
Report (FIFA)
Gutiérrez Goal 48'55'58'73'
Salcedo Goal 67'

Germany 10–0 Fiji
Gnabry Goal 8'45'
Petersen Goal 14'33'40'63' (pen.)70'
Meyer Goal 30'49'52'
Report (Rio2016)
Report (FIFA)

Judo[edit]

Fiji qualified one judoka for the men's light-middleweight category (81 kg) at the Games. London 2012 Olympian Josateki Naulu earned a continental quota spot from the Oceania region as the highest-ranked Fijian judoka outside of direct qualifying position in the IJF World Ranking List of 30 May 2016.[27] Naulu received a bye in the opening round, before facing Uzbekistan's Shakhzodbek Sabirov for his first match of the meet. He seized an early lead by scoring a yuko, until Sabirov clutched him on the tatami with a soto makikomi (outer wraparound) to score an ippon for a victory at one minute and thirty-one seconds, resulting to Naulu's defeat.

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
Josateki Naulu Men's −81 kg Bye  Sabirov (UZB)
L 001–100
Did not advance

Rugby sevens[edit]

Men's tournament[edit]

The Fijian men's rugby sevens team qualified for the Olympics by having achieved one of the top four places at the 2014–15 Sevens World Series.[28][29]

Team roster

The following is the Fiji roster in the men's rugby sevens tournament of the 2016 Summer Olympics.[30]

Head coach: Ben Ryan

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Events Points Union
1 FW Apisai Domolailai (1989-04-16)April 16, 1989 (aged 27) 20 117 Fiji Daveta
2 FW Jasa Veremalua (1988-05-29)May 29, 1988 (aged 28) 24 255 Fiji Red Rock
3 FW Semi Kunatani (1990-10-27)October 27, 1990 (aged 25) 19 295 France Toulouse
4 FW Viliame Mata (1991-10-22)October 22, 1991 (aged 24) 9 55 Scotland Edinburgh
5 FW Leone Nakarawa (1988-04-02)April 2, 1988 (aged 28) 7 35 France Racing 92
6 BK Kitione Taliga (1993-04-21)April 21, 1993 (aged 23) 9 183 Fiji Wardens
7 BK Osea Kolinisau (c) (1985-11-17)November 17, 1985 (aged 30) 52 1,026 Fiji Covenant Brothers
8 BK Josua Tuisova (1994-02-04)February 4, 1994 (aged 22) 2 30 France Toulon
9 BK Jerry Tuwai (1989-03-23)March 23, 1989 (aged 27) 18 222 Fiji Daveta
10 BK Samisoni Nasagavesi (1988-04-25)April 25, 1988 (aged 28) 24 520 France Montauban
11 BK Savenaca Rawaca (1991-08-20)August 20, 1991 (aged 24) 16 385 England Saracens
12 BK Vatemo Ravouvou (1990-07-31)July 31, 1990 (aged 26) 12 542 Fiji Westfield Dragons
13 FW Masivesi Dakuwaqa (1994-02-14)February 14, 1994 (aged 22) 5 55 Fiji Westfield Dragons
Group play
Pos Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Fiji 3 3 0 0 85 45 +40 9 Quarter-finals
2  Argentina 3 2 0 1 62 35 +27 7
3  United States 3 1 0 2 59 41 +18 5
4  Brazil 3 0 0 3 12 97 −85 3
Source: World Rugby
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head result; 3) Point difference; 4) Points scored.
9 August 2016
13:30
Fiji  40–12  Brazil
Try: Veremalua (2) 6' c, 12' c
Kolinisau 8' c
Tuisova (2) 9' m, 13' c
Viriviri 10' c
Con: Kolinisau (2/2)
Ravouvou (3/4)
Report (Rio 2016)
Report (World Rugby)
Try: Claro 4' m
Albuquerque 14' c
Con: Duque (0/1)
A. Silva (1/1)

9 August 2016
18:30
Fiji  21–14  Argentina
Try: Tuisova 2' c
Taliga (2) 11' c, 12' c
Con: Ravouvou (1/1)
Kolinisau (2/2)
Report (Rio 2016)
Report (World Rugby)
Try: Sábato 5' c
Álvarez 8' c
Con: Revol (2/2)

10 August 2016
13:30
Fiji  24–19  United States
Try: Kolinisau 6' c
Ravouvou 7' m
Mata 9' c
Kunatani 12' m
Con: Kolinisau (2/3)
Ravouvou (0/1)
Report Try: Barrett 4' c
Baker 8' c
Ebner 13' m
Con: Hughes (2/3)
Deodoro Stadium, Rio de Janeiro
Referee: Richard Kelly (New Zealand)
Quarterfinal
10 August 2016
17:00
Fiji  12–7  New Zealand
Try: Kolinisau 2' m
Tuwai 8' c
Con: Ravouvou (0/1)
Kolinisau (1/1)
Report (Rio 2016)
Report (World Rugby)
Try: Kaka 6' c
Con: Pulu (1/1)
Semifinal
11 August 2016
14:30
Fiji  20–5  Japan
Try: Ravouvou 1' m
Tuisova 6' m
Kunatani 9' m
Tuwai 10' m
Con: Ravouvou (0/3)
Kolinisau (0/1)
Report (Rio 2016)
Report (World Rugby)
Try: Goto 4' m
Con: Lemeki (0/1)
Gold medal match
11 August 2016
19:00
1st place, gold medalist(s) Fiji  43–7  Great Britain 2nd place, silver medalist(s)
Try: Kolinisau 1' m
Tuwai 3' c
Veremalua 7' m
Nakarawa 8' m
Ravouvou 10' c
Tuisova 14' c
Mata 19' c
Con: Ravouvou (1/2)
Kolinisau (2/4)
Taliga (1/1)
Report (Rio 2016)
Report (World Rugby)
Try: Norton 16' c
Con: Watson (1/1)


Women's tournament[edit]

The Fijian women's rugby sevens team qualified for the Olympics by winning the 2015 FORU Women's Sevens Championships.[31]

Team roster

The following is the Fiji roster in the women's rugby sevens tournament of the 2016 Summer Olympics.[32]

Head coach: Chris Cracknell

Backs Forwards
3 Raijieli Daveau 1 Litia Naiqato
4 Asena Rokomarama 2 Merewai Cumu
7 Rusila Nagasau 5 Timaima Tamoi
8 Lavenia Tinai 6 Rebecca Tavo
9 Ana Maria Roqica (c) 13 Jiowana Sauto
10 Viniana Riwai
11 Luisa Tisolo
12 Timaima Ravisa
  • Jiowana Sauto was included in the day 3 squad after Daveau was injured in day 2.
Group play
Pos Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Australia 3 2 1 0 101 12 +89 8 Quarter-finals
2  Fiji 3 2 0 1 48 43 +5 7
3  United States 3 1 1 1 67 24 +43 6
4  Colombia 3 0 0 3 0 137 −137 3
Source: World Rugby
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head result; 3) Point difference; 4) Points scored.
6 August 2016
13:00
United States  7–12  Fiji
Try: Kelter 10' c
Con: Baravilala (1/1)
Report (Rio 2016)
Report (World Rugby)
Try: Tisolo 4' c
Ravisa 8' m
Con: Tisolo (1/2)

6 August 2016
18:30
Australia  36–0  Fiji
Try: Cherry 1' c
Tonegato (2) 4' m, 13' c
Caslick 5' c
Green 10' m
Dalton 14' m
Con: Dalton (3/6)
Report (Rio 2016)
Report (World Rugby)

7 August 2016
13:00
Fiji  36–0  Colombia
Try: Daveau (2) 1' c, 3' m
Tinai 5' c
Roqica 7' m
Riwai 9' c
Nagasau 14' m
Con: Tinai (2/4)
Riwai (1/1)
Tisolo (0/1)
Report (Rio 2016)
Report (World Rugby)
Deodoro Stadium, Rio de Janeiro
Referee: Rose Labreche (Canada)
Quarterfinal
7 August 2016
18:00
Great Britain  26–7  Fiji
Try: Brown (2) 1' c, 12' c
Richardson 4' c
Waterman 7' m
Con: McLean (3/4)
Report (Rio 2016)
Report (World Rugby)
Try: Naiqato 3' c
Con: Tinai (1/1)
Classification semifinal (5–8)
8 August 2016
14:00
Fiji  7–12  United States
Try: Tavo 4' c
Con: Tinai (1/1)
Report (Rio 2016)
Report (World Rugby)
Try: Kelter 10' c
Stephens 12' m
Con: Kelter (1/1)
Baravilala (0/1)
Seventh place match

Shooting[edit]

Fiji qualified one shooter in the men's trap by securing one of the available Olympic berths at the 2015 Oceania Continental Championships in Sydney, Australia.[33][34]

Athlete Event Qualification Semifinal Final
Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank
Glenn Kable Men's trap 112 23 Did not advance

Swimming[edit]

Fiji received a Universality invitation from FINA to send two swimmers (one male and one female) to the Olympics.[35][36][37]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Meli Malani Men's 50 m freestyle 23.88 51 Did not advance
Matelita Buadromo Women's 200 m freestyle 2:05.49 40 Did not advance

Table tennis[edit]

Fiji entered one athlete into the table tennis competition at the Games for the first time in the nation's Olympic history. Sally Yee secured a spot in the women's singles by virtue of her top three finish at the 2016 Oceania Qualification Tournament in Bendigo, Australia.[38]

Athlete Event Preliminary Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Sally Yee Women's singles  Edem (NGR)
L 0–4
Did not advance

Weightlifting[edit]

Fiji qualified one male and one female weightlifter for the Rio Olympics by virtue of a top five national finish (for men) and top four (for women), respectively, at the 2016 Oceania Championships.[39] The team must allocate these places to individual athletes by 20 June 2016.

Athlete Event Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank
Manueli Tulo Men's −56 kg 106 16 136 13 242 13
Apolonia Vaivai Women's −69 kg 88 15 113 11 201 11

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