Madagascar at the 2016 Summer Olympics

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Madagascar at the
2016 Summer Olympics
Flag of Madagascar.svg
NOCComité Olympique Malgache
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors6 in 4 sports
Flag bearerEliane Saholinirina[1]
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Madagascar competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. This was the nation's twelfth appearance at the Summer Olympics, with the exception of the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal and the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, because of the African and North Korean boycott, respectively.

Malagasy Olympic Committee (French: Comité Olympique Malgache) sent a total of six athletes, two men and four women, to compete in four sports at the Games.[2] The nation's roster was relatively smaller than those sent to London 2012 by a single athlete, with the women outnumbering the men for the third consecutive time.

The Malagasy team featured three returning Olympians from the previous Games: freestyle swimmer Estellah Fils Rabetsara, hurdler Ali Kame, and steeplechase runner Eliane Saholinirina. Judoka Asaramanitra Ratiarison was originally selected to carry the Madagascar flag, but declined to do so due to her competition schedule on the first day of the Games. Instead, Saholinirina took the vacant spot previously held by Ratiarison to lead her team in the opening ceremony.[1] Madagascar, however, has yet to win its first ever Olympic medal.


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

  • 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 Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Ali Kame Men's 110 m hurdles DNS Did not advance
Eliane Saholinirina Women's 3000 m steeplechase 9:45.92 11 N/A Did not advance


Madagascar has qualified one judoka for the women's extra-lightweight category (48 kg) at the Games. Asaramanitra Ratiarison earned a continental quota spot from the Africa region as Madagascar's top-ranked judoka outside of direct qualifying position in the IJF World Ranking List of May 30, 2016.[5][6]

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Asaramanitra Ratiarison Women's −48 kg  Mestre (CUB)
L 000–000 S
Did not advance


Madagascar has received a Universality invitation from FINA to send two swimmers (one male and one female) to the Olympics.[2][7][8]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Anthonny Sitraka Ralefy Men's 100 m butterfly 54.72 37 Did not advance
Estellah Fils Rabetsara Women's 100 m freestyle 1:01.11 44 Did not advance


Madagascar has received an invitation from the Tripartite Commission to send Elisa Ravololoniaina in the women's middleweight category (63 kg) to the Olympics.[2][9]

Athlete Event Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank
Elisa Ravololoniaina Women's −63 kg 85 11 100 12 185 12


  1. ^ a b "Jeux Olympiques de Rio – Éliane porte-drapeau malgache" [Rio Olympics – Éliane is Madagascar's flag bearer] (in French). L'Express de Madagascar. 5 August 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2016.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b c "Jeux Olympiques de Rio – Six athlètes pour Madagascar" [Rio Olympics – Madagascar sends six athletes] (in French). L'Express de Madagascar. 15 July 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2016.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ " – 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. ^ "Jeux olympique de Rio de Janeiro – Asaramanitra Ratiarison déjà qualifiée" [Rio Olympics: Asaramanitra Ratiarison qualified] (in French). L'Express de Madagascar. 12 January 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2016.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Swimming World Rankings". FINA. Archived from the original on 6 January 2011. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Rio 2016 – FINA Swimming Qualification System" (PDF). Rio 2016. FINA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 February 2015. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  9. ^ "Rio 2016 Weightlifting – List of Athletes by Bodyweight Category" (PDF). International Weightlifting Federation. Retrieved 21 July 2016.

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