Jordan at the 2016 Summer Olympics

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Jordan at the
2016 Summer Olympics
Flag of Jordan.svg
IOC code JOR
NOC Jordan Olympic Committee
Website www.joc.jo (in English) (in Arabic)
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors 8 in 6 sports
Flag bearer Hussein Ishaish[1]
Medals
Ranked 54th
Gold
1
Silver
0
Bronze
0
Total
1
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Taekwondo fighter Ahmad Abu-Ghaush won Jordan's first ever Olympic gold medal.

Jordan competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. This was the nation's tenth consecutive appearance at the Summer Olympics.

The Jordan Olympic Committee selected a team of eight athletes, seven men and one woman, to compete in six sports at the Games. The nation's roster in Rio de Janeiro was also a replication to those sent to Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004, respectively, but had the highest percentage of men in its Olympic history since 1984. Among the sports represented by the athletes, Jordan made its Olympic debut in triathlon.[2]

The Jordanian team featured two returning athletes from London 2012: Methkal Abu Drais in men's marathon, and Talita Baqlah, who became the first swimmer to attend two Olympic Games, along with her younger brother Khader.[2] Meanwhile, super heavyweight boxer Hussein Ishaish was chosen by the committee to carry the Jordanian flag in the opening ceremony.[1][3]

Jordan left Rio de Janeiro with its first ever Olympic medal of any color, a gold won by taekwondo fighter Ahmad Abu-Ghaush in the men's featherweight category.[4][5]

Medallists[edit]

Medal Name Sport Event Date
 Gold Ahmad Abu-Ghaush Taekwondo Men's 68 kg 18 August

Athletics[edit]

Jordanian athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event):[6][7]

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 Final
Result Rank
Methkal Abu Drais Men's marathon 2:46:18 140

Boxing[edit]

Jordan has entered two boxers to compete in each of the following classes into the Olympic boxing tournament. Super heavyweight boxer Hussein Ishaish claimed his Olympic spot with a box-off victory at the 2016 Asia & Oceania Qualification Tournament in Qian'an, China.[8] Meanwhile, Obada Al-Kasbeh received an invitation from the Tripartite Commission to compete in the men's light welterweight division.[9]

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Obada Al-Kasbeh Men's light welterweight  Biyarslanov (CAN)
L 0–3
Did not advance
Hussein Ishaish Men's super heavyweight Bye  Nistor (ROU)
W 2–1
 Yoka (FRA)
L 0–3
Did not advance

Judo[edit]

Jordan has qualified one judoka for the men's middleweight category (90 kg) at the Games, signifying the nation's Olympic debut in the sport. Ibrahim Khalaf earned a continental quota spot from the Asian region, as the highest-ranked Jordanian judoka outside of direct qualifying position in the IJF World Ranking List of May 30, 2016.[10]

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
Ibrahim Khalaf Men's −90 kg  Briceño (CHI)
L 000–011
Did not advance

Swimming[edit]

Jordan has received a Universality invitation from FINA to send two swimmers (one male and one female) to the Olympics.[11][12][13]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Khader Baqlah Men's 200 m freestyle 1:48.42 31 Did not advance
Talita Baqlah Women's 50 m freestyle 26.48 51 Did not advance

Taekwondo[edit]

Jordan entered one athlete into the taekwondo competition at the Olympics. Ahmad Abu-Ghaush secured a spot in the men's lightweight category (68 kg) by virtue of his top two finish at the 2016 Asian Qualification Tournament in Manila, Philippines.[14]

Athlete Event Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Ahmad Abu-Ghaush Men's −68 kg  Zaki (EGY)
W 9–1
 Lee D-h (KOR)
W 11–8
 González (ESP)
W 12–7
Bye  Denisenko (RUS)
W 10–6
1st, gold medalist(s)

Triathlon[edit]

Jordan has entered one triathlete to compete at the Games, signifying the nation's Olympic debut in the sport. Lawrence Fanous was awarded a tripartite commission invitation for the men's event.[15]

Athlete Event Swim (1.5 km) Trans 1 Bike (40 km) Trans 2 Run (10 km) Total Time Rank
Lawrence Fanous Men's 18:16 0:48 59:34 0:40 35:47 1:55.05 46

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Flagbearers for the Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 5 August 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Jordan Olympic Committee urges Olympians to 'make us proud'". The Jordan Times. 27 July 2016. Retrieved 19 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "Nine boxers set to be Flagbearers for their countries at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony". AIBA. 5 August 2016. Retrieved 19 September 2016. 
  4. ^ Bannayan, Aline (20 August 2016). "Jordan wins historic Olympic gold medal". The Jordan Times. Retrieved 19 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "Jordan Wins First-Ever Olympic Medal With Gold In Taekwondo". The Huffington Post. 20 August 2016. Retrieved 19 September 2016. 
  6. ^ "iaaf.org – Top Lists". IAAF. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "IAAF Games of the XXX Olympiad – Rio 2016 Entry Standards" (PDF). IAAF. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "Ren Cancan leads China to a day of dominance as the AIBA Asian-Oceanian Olympic Qualification Event reaches its conclusion". AIBA. 3 April 2016. Retrieved 3 April 2016. 
  9. ^ "Olympic Games Tripartite Commission confirms its five Invitation Places for the men's Rio 2016 boxing competition". AIBA. 12 July 2016. Retrieved 12 July 2016. 
  10. ^ "IJF Officially Announces Qualified Athletes for Rio 2016 Olympic Games". International Judo Federation. 23 June 2016. Retrieved 24 June 2016. 
  11. ^ "Swimming World Rankings". FINA. Archived from the original on 6 January 2011. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  12. ^ "Men's Final Entry List" (PDF). FINA. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  13. ^ "Women's Final Entry List" (PDF). FINA. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  14. ^ "Ten Countries Secure Rio 2016 Berths at Asian Qualification Tournament". World Taekwondo Federation. 17 April 2016. Archived from the original on 19 April 2016. Retrieved 18 April 2016. 
  15. ^ "National Federations select athletes for Rio Olympics". International Triathlon Union. 18 May 2016. Retrieved 26 May 2016. 

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