Kiribati at the 2008 Summer Olympics

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Kiribati at the
2008 Summer Olympics
Flag of Kiribati.svg
IOC code KIR
NOC Kiribati National Olympic Committee
in Beijing
Competitors 2 in 2 sports
Flag bearer David Katoatau
Gold Silver Bronze Total
0 0 0 0
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Kiribati competed in the Summer Olympic Games for the second time at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, following their debut appearance in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.[1] The country had intended to send a total of three athletes to the Games, competing in two sports: athletics and weightlifting.[2] However, female sprinter Kaitinano Mwemweata had to withdraw due to illness after contracting tuberculosis.[3]

Athletics (track and field)[edit]

Kiribati had only one representative in athletics, which was following Mwemweata's withdrawal.[2] Rabangaki Nawai was entered in the 100m and 200m sprint events. Nawai ran a personal season's best time of 11.29 seconds in the first round of the 100 m sprint, but failed to progress to Round 2. He did not run in the 200 m competition.

  • 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
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Rabangaki Nawai 100 m 11.29 8 Did not advance


David Katoatau represented Kiribati in the men's 85 kg class of the weightlifting competition.[4] He finished in 15th place.

Athlete Event Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank
David Katoatau Men's −85 kg 135 18 178 15 313 15


  1. ^ "Kiribati preparing for second Olympics !", Kiribati National Olympic Committee, March 21, 2008
  2. ^ a b "Kiribati sends three athletes to Beijing Olympics", Xinhua, August 5, 2008
  3. ^ "Kiribati athletes ready for Olympic competition" Archived 2008-09-08 at the Wayback Machine., ABC Radio Australia, August 9, 2008
  4. ^ "Hale to Olympics", Solomon Star, July 14, 2008