Moldova at the 2016 Summer Olympics

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Moldova at the
2016 Summer Olympics
Flag of Moldova.svg
IOC code MDA
NOC National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Moldova
Website www.olympic.md (in Romanian)
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors 23 in 8 sports
Flag bearer Nicolae Ceban[1]
Medals
Gold
0
Silver
0
Bronze
0
Total
0
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
 Russian Empire (1900–1912)
 Romania (1924–1936)
 Soviet Union (1952–1988)
 Unified Team (1992)

Moldova, officially the Republic of Moldova, competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. This was the nation's sixth consecutive appearance at the Summer Olympics in the post-Soviet era.

The National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Moldova fielded a squad of 23 athletes, 14 men and 9 women, across eight different sports at the Games.[2] Although its full roster was larger by a single athlete than in London four years earlier, this was still one of Moldova's smallest delegations sent to the Olympics. Among the sports represented by the nation's athletes, Moldova made its Olympic debut in taekwondo and tennis, as well as a return to sprint canoeing after two decades.

Of the 23 participants, fifteen of them made their Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro, including flatwater canoeist Oleg Tarnovschi and his younger brother Serghei, who earned Moldova's first ever gold medal at the Youth Olympics in Nanjing two years earlier.[3] The remaining eight athletes on the Moldovan squad had past Olympic experience, highlighted by hammer thrower Serghei Marghiev and his older sisters Zalina Marghieva and Marina Nichișenco, shot putter Ivan Emilianov, who qualified for his fourth Games as the oldest and most experienced competitor (aged 39), taekwondo fighter Aaron Cook, who transferred his allegiance from Great Britain after controversially failing to make the London Games in 2012, and freestyle wrestler Nicolae Ceban, who reprised his role of leading the Moldovan team for the second time as the flag bearer in the opening ceremony.[1][4]

Moldova originally left Rio de Janeiro with only a bronze medal won by the younger Tarnovschi in the men's C-1 1000 metres.[5] On August 19, 2016, both the International Olympic Committee and International Canoe Federation (ICF) stripped him of his medal for breaching the anti-doping rules, handing it over to the next highest-ranked canoeist Ilia Shtokalov of Russia.[6]

Archery[edit]

One Moldovan archer has qualified for the women's individual recurve at the Olympics by virtue of a top six national finish at the 2016 Archery World Cup meet in Antalya, Turkey.[7]

Athlete Event Ranking round Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Score Seed Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Alexandra Mîrca Women's individual 636 27  Román (MEX)
W 6–4
 Wu Jx (CHN)
L 0–6
Did not advance

Athletics[edit]

Moldovan athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event):[8][9]

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
Track & road events
Athlete Event Final
Result Rank
Roman Prodius Marathon 2:27:01 105
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Ivan Emilianov Shot put 17.83 32 Did not advance
Vladimir Letnicov Triple jump 15.29 38 Did not advance
Serghei Marghiev Hammer throw 74.97 6 q 74.14 10
Women
Track & road events
Athlete Event Final
Result Rank
Lilia Fisicovici Marathon 2:34.05 PB 27
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Zalina Marghieva Hammer throw 71.72 5 q 73.50 5
Marina Nichișenco 65.19 24 Did not advance
Natalia Stratulat Discus throw 53.27 30 Did not advance
Dimitriana Surdu Shot put 15.25 35 Did not advance

Canoeing[edit]

Sprint[edit]

Moldova has qualified a single boat in men's C-1 1000 m for the Games through the 2015 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships.[10] Meanwhile, the men's C-2 1000 m crew added their boat to the Moldovan team for the Games, as the International Canoe Federation had decided to revoke its license from Romania due to the canoeists' doping violations at the European Championships.[11]

Athlete Event Heats Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Oleg Tarnovschi Men's C-1 200 m 40.852 2 Q 40.715 3 FB 40.280 12
Serghei Tarnovschi Men's C-1 1000 m 4:05.193 1 FA Bye 4:00.852 DSQ

Qualification Legend: FA = Qualify to final (medal); FB = Qualify to final B (non-medal)

Judo[edit]

Moldova has qualified one judoka for the men's half-middleweight category (81 kg) at the Games. Valeriu Duminică earned a continental quota spot from the European region, as Moldova's top-ranked judoka outside of direct qualifying position in the IJF World Ranking List of May 30, 2016.[12][13]

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
Valeriu Duminică Men's −81 kg Bye  Mrvaljević (MNE)
W 002–000
 Marconcini (ITA)
L 010–110
Did not advance

Swimming[edit]

Moldova has received a Universality invitation from FINA to send two swimmers (one male and one female) to the Olympics.[14][15]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Alexei Sancov Men's 200 m freestyle 1:48.85 34 Did not advance
Tatiana Chișca Women's 100 m breaststroke 1:11.37 36 Did not advance

Taekwondo[edit]

Moldova entered one athlete into the taekwondo competition for the first time at the Olympics. Aaron Cook, who previously competed for Team GB at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, qualified automatically for the men's welterweight category (80 kg) by finishing in the top 6 WTF Olympic rankings.[16]

Athlete Event Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Aaron Cook Men's −80 kg  Liu W-t (TPE)
L 2–14 PTG
Did not advance

Tennis[edit]

Moldova has entered one tennis player for the first time into the Olympic tournament. Due to the withdrawal of several tennis players from the Games, Radu Albot (world no. 113) received a spare ITF Olympic place to compete in the men's singles as the next highest-ranked eligible player, not yet qualified, in the ATP World Rankings as of June 6, 2016.[17][18]

Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Radu Albot Men's singles  Gabashvili (RUS)
W 4–6, 6–4, 6–4
 Čilić (CRO)
L 3–6, 4–6
Did not advance

Weightlifting[edit]

Moldovan weightlifters have qualified four men's quota places for the Rio Olympics through the 2014 and 2015 IWF World Championships. The team must allocate these places to individual athletes by June 20, 2016.

On June 22, 2016, the International Weightlifting Federation had decided to strip of two Olympic men's entry places from Moldova because of "multiple positive cases" of doping throughout the qualifying period.[19]

Meanwhile, an unused women's Olympic spot was awarded to the Moldovan team by IWF, as a result of Russia's complete ban from the Games due to the "multiple positive cases" of doping.[20]

Serghei Cechir at the 2016 Olympics
Athlete Event Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank
Serghei Cechir Men's −69 kg 144 8 178 8 322 6
Alexandru Șpac Men's −77 kg 155 7 192 4 347 5
Natalia Prișcepa Women's −75 kg 97 12 116 12 213 12

Wrestling[edit]

Moldova has qualified two wrestlers for each of the following weight classes into the Olympic competition, as a result of their wrestle-off triumphs at the initial meet of the World Qualification Tournament in Ulaanbaatar.[21]

On May 11, 2016, United World Wrestling awarded an additional Olympic license to Moldova in women's freestyle 58 kg, as a response to the doping violations on the Ukrainian wrestler at the European Qualification Tournament.[22]

Key:

  • VT – Victory by Fall.
  • PP – Decision by Points – the loser with technical points.
  • PO – Decision by Points – the loser without technical points.
  • ST – Technical superiority – the loser without technical points and a margin of victory of at least 8 (Greco-Roman) or 10 (freestyle) points.
  • SP – Technical superiority – the loser with technical points and a margin of victory of at least 8 (Greco-Roman) or 10 (freestyle) points.

Men's freestyle
Athlete Event Qualification Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Repechage 1 Repechage 2 Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Evgheni Nedealco −74 kg  Usserbayev (KAZ)
L 1–4 SP
Did not advance 16
Nicolae Ceban −97 kg Bye  Saritov (ROU)
L 1–3 PP
Did not advance 12
Women's freestyle
Athlete Event Qualification Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Repechage 1 Repechage 2 Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Mariana Cherdivara −58 kg  Antes (ECU)
W 3–0 PO
 Malik (IND)
L 1–3 PP
Did not advance 11

References[edit]

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  19. ^ "Strong statement by the IWF Executive Board". International Weightlifting Federation. 22 June 2016. Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
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