Nepal at the 2016 Summer Olympics

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Nepal at the
2016 Summer Olympics
Flag of Nepal.svg
IOC codeNEP
NOCNepal Olympic Committee
Websitewww.nocnepal.org.np
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors7 in 5 sports
Flag bearerPhupu Lhamu Khatri[1]
Medals
Gold
0
Silver
0
Bronze
0
Total
0
Officials59
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Nepal competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. This was the nation's thirteenth consecutive appearance at the Summer Olympics, although it failed to register any athletes in 1968.

The Nepal Olympic Committee selected a team of seven athletes, three men and four women, across five different sports at the Games; all of them made their Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro through wild card entries and universality places, without having qualified.[2] Among the nation's athletes were taekwondo fighter Nisha Rawal (women's +67 kg), London-based backstroke swimmer Gaurika Singh, who etched her name into the history records by becoming the youngest Olympian of the Games (aged 13), and judoka Phupu Lhamu Khatri, who also created history as the first female athlete to carry the Nepalese flag in the opening ceremony.[1][3][4]

Nepal, however, has yet to win its first-ever Olympic medal. Unable to reach the final, Rawal bounced back from her early elimination in the opening match to produce a seventh-place feat as the best result for the Nepalis at the Games, losing the repechage bout to former world champion and 2008 bronze medalist Gwladys Épangue of France.[5]

Archery[edit]

Nepal has received an invitation from the Tripartite Commission to send a male archer to the Olympic tournament, signifying the nation's Olympic debut in the sport.[6]

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
Jit Bahadur Moktan Men's individual 607 60  Das (IND)
L 0–6
Did not advance

Athletics[edit]

Nepal has received an invitation from the Tripartite Commission to send two track and field athletes (one male and one female) to the Olympics.[7][8]

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

Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Hari Rimal Men's 5000 m 14:54.42 23 N/A Did not advance
Saraswati Bhattarai Women's 1500 m 4:33.94 13 Did not advance

Judo[edit]

Nepal has received an invitation from the Tripartite Commission to send a judoka competing in the women's half-middleweight category (63 kg), signifying the nation's Olympic return to the sport after an eight-year hiatus.[6]

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Phupu Lhamu Khatri Women's −63 kg  Espinosa (CUB)
L 000–011
Did not advance

Swimming[edit]

Nepal has received a Universality invitation from FINA to send two swimmers (one male and one female) to the Olympics.[9][10][11]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Sirish Gurung Men's 100 m freestyle 57.76 NR 58 Did not advance
Gaurika Singh Women's 100 m backstroke 1:08.45 31 Did not advance

Taekwondo[edit]

Nepal received an invitation from the Tripartite Commission to send Nisha Rawal in the women's heavyweight category (+67 kg) into the Olympic taekwondo competition, signifying the nation's Olympic return to the sport after an eight-year hiatus.[12][13]

Athlete Event Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Nisha Rawal Women's +67 kg  Zheng Sy (CHN)
L 0–2
Did not advance  Épangue (FRA)
L 3–4
Did not advance 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Judoka Khatri to carry Nepal's flag in Rio Olympics". The Himalayan Times. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  2. ^ "7 Nepali players participation confirmed for Rio". Nepal: República. 24 June 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Nepali swimmer Singh youngest Olympian at Rio 2016". The Kathmandu Post. 2 August 2016. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Olympics 2016: Nepal swimmer, 13 is youngest at Rio". BBC. 3 August 2016. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  5. ^ Acharya, Mahesh (21 August 2016). "Nisha Rawal goes down fighting in Repechage". The Himalayan Times. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Khatri, Moktan earn wildcards". The Himalayan Times. 24 June 2016. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  7. ^ "iaaf.org – Top Lists". IAAF. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  8. ^ "IAAF Games of the XXX Olympiad – Rio 2016 Entry Standards" (PDF). IAAF. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  9. ^ "Swimming World Rankings". FINA. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  10. ^ "Rio 2016 – FINA Swimming Qualification System" (PDF). Rio 2016. FINA. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  11. ^ "Gurung, Singh picked for Rio Olympics". Himalayan Times. 13 July 2016. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  12. ^ "Olympic Taekwondo 'Wild Cards' Go to Central African Republic, Haiti, Honduras and Nepal". World Taekwondo Federation. 25 May 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  13. ^ Acharya, Mahesh (24 May 2016). "Nepal's Nisha Rawal earns Rio Olympics tickets". Himalayan Times. Retrieved 26 May 2016.

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