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Marshall Islands at the Olympics

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Marshall Islands at the
Olympics
Flag of the Marshall Islands.svg
IOC codeMHL
NOCMarshall Islands National Olympic Committee
Websitewww.oceaniasport.com/marshalls
Medals
Gold
0
Silver
0
Bronze
0
Total
0
Summer appearances

The Marshall Islands has competed in three Summer Olympic Games as of the completion of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The nation has never competed in the Winter Olympic Games. The Marshall Islands had its Olympic debut at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.[1] The highest number of Marshallese athletes participating in a Summer Games is five in the 2008 games in Beijing. No athlete from the Marshall Islands has ever won a medal at the Olympics.

Olympic overview[edit]

Pre-Olympics[edit]

During the era of the modern Olympic Games the country was controlled by Japan, Germany, and the United States at different times until it gained its sovereignty. In 1979 the government of the Marshall Islands was officially established and the country became self-governing. In 1986, the Compact of Free Association with the United States entered into force, granting the Republic of the Marshall Islands its sovereignty. The island nation is made up of twenty-nine atolls and five lone islands.[1][2] The Marshall Islands National Olympic Committee was created in 2001, and gained recognition by the International Olympic Committee at their meeting in 2006. The Marshall Islands National Olympic Committee brought the total number of NOC's to 203 at the time of their admittance.[3][4][5]

2008 Summer Olympics[edit]

The Marshall Islands debuted at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China, with five athletes competing in three sports. Roman William Cress and Haley Nemra represented the nation in the track and field events. Jared Heine and Julianne Kirchner competed in the swimming events. Anju Jason, who competed in taekwondo at the Games, is the only Marshallese athlete to have competed in taekwondo at the Olympics as of the 2016 Summer Olympics.[6]

The swimming events for the 2008 Summer Olympics were held at the Beijing National Aquatics Center.

2012 Summer Olympics[edit]

The Marshall Islands sent four athletes to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. Timi Garstang and Haley Nemra competed in the track and field events and Giordan Harris and Ann-Marie Hepler represented the nation in swimming at the Games. Before competing in the 2012 Summer Games, the Marshallese delegation attended a training camp in Australia for a month.[7][8]

2016 Summer Olympics[edit]

Five athletes from the Marshall Islands took part in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Richson Simeon and Mariana Cress represented the nation in the track and field events. Giordan Harris and Colleen Furgeson competed in the swimming events. Mathlynn Sasser, who took part in weightlifting at the Games, was the first (and, as of the 2016 Games, only) Marshallese athlete to compete in weightlifting at the Olympics.[9][7][10]

Medal tables[edit]

Medals by Summer Games[edit]

Games Athletes Athletes by sport Medals Total
Athletics Swimming Taekwondo Weightlifting Gold medal.svg Silver medal.svg Bronze medal.svg
China 2008 Beijing 5 2 2 1 0 0 0 0[6]
United Kingdom 2012 London 4 2 2 0 0 0 0[7]
Brazil 2016 Rio de Janeiro 5 2 2 1 0 0 0 0[10][11]
Total 0 0 0 0

Flagbearers[edit]

Summer Olympics
Games Athlete Sport
China 2008 Beijing Waylon Muller Judo[12]
United Kingdom 2012 London Haley Nemra Athletics[12]
Brazil 2016 Rio de Janeiro Mathlynn Sasser Weightlifting[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Marshall Islands Ready to Join Olympics". 2008-10-01. Archived from the original on 2008-10-01. Retrieved 2017-07-12.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  3. ^ "Marshall Islands – National Olympic Committee (NOC)". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  4. ^ "2008 Beijing Summer Olympics | Marshall Islands , Country Profile, Olympic Tradition | Outlook, Medal Count | NBC Olympics". 2008-08-24. Retrieved 2018-05-29.
  5. ^ "About MINOC – Marshall Islands National Olympic Committee – SportsTG". SportsTG. Retrieved 2018-05-29.
  6. ^ a b "Marshall Islands at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games | Olympics at Sports-Reference.com". 2016-03-04. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2017-07-12.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  7. ^ a b c "Marshall Islands at the 2012 London Summer Games | Olympics at Sports-Reference.com". 2016-03-05. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2017-07-13.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  8. ^ "Marshall Islands athletes train in Australia for Olympics | Pacific Beat | ABC Radio Australia". 2014-04-05. Archived from the original on 2014-04-05. Retrieved 2017-07-12.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  9. ^ Sportsencyclo. "Marshallese athletes in the Beijing 2008 Olympics". www.olympiandatabase.com. Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  10. ^ a b Sportsencyclo. "Marshallese athletes in the Rio 2016 Olympics". www.olympiandatabase.com. Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  11. ^ Sportsencyclo. "Marshallese medalists at the Rio 2016 Olympics". www.olympiandatabase.com. Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  12. ^ a b "Olympic History of Marshall Islands". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  13. ^ "The Flagbearers for the Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony". International Olympic Committee. 2017-01-24. Retrieved 2017-07-13.