This is a good article. Click here for more information.

Mauritania at the 2008 Summer Olympics

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Mauritania at the
2008 Summer Olympics
Flag of Mauritania (1959–2017).svg
IOC code MTN
NOC Comité National Mauritanien
in Beijing
Competitors 2 in 1 sports
Flag bearer Souleymane Ould Chebal
Medals
Gold Silver Bronze Total
0 0 0 0
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Mauritania competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics which was held in Beijing, China. The country's participation at Beijing marked its seventh appearance in the Summer Olympics since its debut in the 1984 Summer Olympics. The delegation included two track and field athletes, Souleymane Ould Chebal and Bounkou Camara, who were both selected by wildcards after both failed to meet either the "A" or "B" qualifying standards. Chebal was selected as the flag bearer for the opening ceremony. Neither of the Mauritanians progressed beyond the heats.

Background[edit]

Mauritania participated in seven Summer Olympic games between its debut in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, United States and the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.[1] Two athletes from Mauritania were selected to compete in the Beijing games; Souleymane Ould Chebal in the track and field 800 meters and Bounkou Camara in the track and field 100 meters.[2] Both were selected by wildcard places as neither achieved the "A" or "B" qualifying standards for their respective events.[3] Chebal was the flag bearer for the opening ceremony.[4]

Athletics[edit]

Souleymane Ould Chebal competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics in the 800 meters. He was notable for carrying the Mauritania flag at the opening ceremony.[4] Making his debut at the Summer Olympics, he qualified via a wildcard place as his best time, 1:56.45 in the 2007 World Championships in Athletics 800 meters, was 9.45 seconds slower than the "B" qualifying standard required.[3][5][6] He competed on 20 August against seven other athletes in heat five, finishing last out of the seven that finished with a time of 1 minute 57.43 seconds.[7] He was 11.25 seconds slower than the winner of his heat Manuel Olmedo. Overall he finished 61st out of 65 athletes,[a] and was 10.91 seconds behind the slowest athlete that progressed to the next round and, therefore, that was the end of his competition.[8]

The Beijing National Stadium, where Chebal and Camara competed in track and field events

Competing at her first Olympics, Bounkou Camara qualified for the Summer Olympics via a wildcard place as her best time, 13.93 seconds in the 2007 World Championships in Athletics Women's 100 meters, was 2.51 seconds slower than the "B" qualifying standard required.[3][9][10] She competed on August 16 in the third heat against eight other athletes, finishing last with a time of 13.69 seconds.[11] She was 2.36 seconds slower than the winner of her heat Muna Lee. Overall Camara finished 79th out of 85 athletes and was 2.08 seconds behind the slowest athlete that progressed to the quarter-finals. Therefore, she did not advance.[12]

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
Men
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Souleymane Ould Chebal 800 m 1:57.43 7 Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Bounkou Camara 100 m 13.69 6 Did not advance

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Three athletes, Antar Zerguelaine, Bayron Piedra and Nicholas Willis did not start.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sports Reference - Countries - Mauritania". Sports Reference. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Sports Reference - Countries - Mauritania - 2008". Sports Reference. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "The XXIX Olympic Games - Beijing, China - 8/24 August 2008". IAAF. 5 February 2008. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "List of Flagbearers Beijing 2008" (PDF). Olympic.org. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Souleymane Ould Chebal". Sports Reference. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "IAAF - Athletes - Mauritania - Souleymane Ould Chebal - Honours". IAAF. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "IAAF – Results – Olympic Games – 2008 – Men – 800 meters – Heats – Results". IAAF. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "IAAF – Results – Olympic Games – 2008 – Men – 800 meters – Heats – Summary". IAAF. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "Bounkou Camara". Sports Reference. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "IAAF - Athletes - Mauritania - Bonko Camara - Honours". IAAF. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  11. ^ "IAAF – Results – Olympic Games – 2008 – Women – 100 meters – Heats – Results". IAAF. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  12. ^ "IAAF – Results – Olympic Games – 2008 – Women – 100 meters – Heats – Summary". IAAF. Retrieved 5 January 2015.