Niger at the 2012 Summer Olympics

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Niger at the
2012 Summer Olympics
Flag of Niger.svg
IOC code NIG
NOC Nigerien Olympic and National Sports Committee
in London
Competitors 6 in 5 sports
Flag bearer Moustapha Hima
Medals
Gold Silver Bronze Total
0 0 0 0
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Niger with six athletes sent in five sports, competed at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, from 27 July to 12 August 2012. This was the nation's eleventh appearance at the Olympics, having competed at every Summer Olympics since 1964 with the exception of the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, and the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow because of the African and the United States boycotts.

Nigerien Olympic and National Sports Committee (French: Comité Olympique et Sportif National du Niger, COSNI) sent the nation's largest delegation to the Games since 1988. A total of 6 athletes, 4 men and 2 women, competed in 5 different sports.[1] Hamadou Djibo Issaka, became the first Nigerien rower to compete at the Olympics, was the oldest member of the team, at age 35;[2] while freestyle swimmer Nafissatou Moussa Adamou was the youngest at age 14. Welterweight boxer Moustapha Hima, on the other hand, was appointed by COSNI to be the nation's flag bearer at the opening ceremony.[3][4]

Niger, however, failed to win a single Olympic medal in London, since its last time at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich.

Press reaction[edit]

On 28 July, the British press received single sculls rower Hamadou Djibo Issaka a wave of attention, as he finished farther behind his competitors. Having taken up rowing at an intensive training camp three months before, the press compared him with Eric "the Eel" Moussambani, a swimmer from Equatorial Guinea at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney; thus, Issaka was featured in numerous headlines where the press called him, "Issaka the Otter", "Hamadou The Keel," and the "Sculling Sloth".[5][6]

Nigerien newspaper Le Sahel congratulated Issaka, stating that "he managed to seduce lovers of rowing, and to honor the national colors."[7] The paper also noted that despite its reputation as a desert nation, rowing could flourish in their country, where the Niger river runs for 550 km through the nation.[7]

Following the performance of two athletes, boxer Moustapha Hima and judoka Zakari Gourouza, the Nigerien press declared them "encouraging results",[3] noting that Hima acquitted himself well and expects to return to the 2016 Olympics, and Zakari Gourouza was the first Nigerien combat athlete to progress beyond his first round opponent since medal winning boxer Issaka Dabore in 1972.[3]

Political delegation[edit]

Kounou Hassane, Niger's minister of youth, sport, and culture, and Mahamadou Doula Talata, government director of sport, and COSNI chairman, attended the Olympic games in London.[8] On 31 July, while speaking at an Iftar dinner for Nigerien athletes at the London Olympic Village, the minister congratulated the three athletes who had already competed. "The results you obtained are after all, honorable. You have valiantly defended the colors of our country, and I commend you for your courage and boldness.", according to the minister who addressed his statement to the athletes.[8]

Athletics[edit]

Track runners Rabiou Guero Gao,[9][10] and Nafissa Souleymane[11] were selected to the team by wild card entries.[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
Rabiou Guero Gao 1500 m 4:05.46 15 Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Nafissa Souleymane 100 m 12.81 6 Did not advance

Boxing[edit]

Moustapha Hima qualified for Niger in the men's welterweight division.[13]

Men
Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Moustapha Hima Welterweight  Hammond (AUS)
L 6–13
Did not advance

Judo[edit]

Niger has qualified one judoka.[14]

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
Zakari Gourouza Men's −60 kg  Godoy (HON)
W 0100–0000
 Galstyan (RUS)
L 0000–0101
Did not advance

Rowing[edit]

Niger has received one wild card in this sport. Hamadou Djibo Issaka, formerly a swimmer, became the first single sculls rower to represent his nation at the Olympics.[15]

Men
Athlete Event Heats Repechage Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Hamadou Djibo Issaka Single sculls 8:25.56 5 R 8:39.66 4 SE/F Bye 9:07.99 4 FF 8:53.88 33

[16]

Qualification Legend: FA=Final A (medal); FB=Final B (non-medal); FC=Final C (non-medal); FD=Final D (non-medal); FE=Final E (non-medal); FF=Final F (non-medal); SA/B=Semifinals A/B; SC/D=Semifinals C/D; SE/F=Semifinals E/F; QF=Quarterfinals; R=Repechage

Swimming[edit]

Niger selected one swimmer by a wild card entry from FINA.[17]

Women
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Nafissatou Moussa Adamou 50 m freestyle 37.29 70 Did not advance

References[edit]

  1. ^ Olympics, Niger. Sports Reference / USA TODAY Sports Media Group. Consulted 31 July 2012
  2. ^ Niger rower crawls home to roaring Olympic crowd. Steve Douglas, AP . Sunday, 29 July 2012
  3. ^ a b c Jeux Olympiques de Londres 2012 : qualifee pour les 2nd tour, le judoka Gourouza Zakari est elimine. Oumarou Moussa, Le Sahel (Niamey). 30 July 2012.
  4. ^ Niger. Official site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, consulted 31 July 2012.
  5. ^ Issaka The Otter: Novice from Niger is new Eddie The Eagle after super-slow sculls Steve Anglesey, The Mirror (London). 29 July 2012.
  6. ^ 'Sculling Sloth' back on water at London Olympics. AP 31 July 2012.
  7. ^ a b Jeux Olympiques de Londres 2012 : Hamadou Djibo Issaka Fait Preuve d'Abnegation et se Qualifie Pour la Finale en Sport d'Aviron. Oumarou Moussa, Le Sahel (Niamey). 1 August 2012.
  8. ^ a b Jeux Olympiques de Londres 2012 : Le Ministre Kounou Hassane Rend Visite aux Athletes Nigeriens au Village Olympique de Stratfort. Oumarou Moussa, Le Sahel (Niamey). 1 August 2012.
  9. ^ Rabiou Guero Gao Biography. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-11-06.
  10. ^ Rabiou Guero Gao. Official site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, consulted 31 July 2012.
  11. ^ Souleymane Nafissa Biography. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-11-06.
  12. ^ Nafissa Souleymane. Official site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, consulted 31 July 2012.
  13. ^ Moustapha Abdoulaye Hima. Official site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, consulted 31 July 2012.
  14. ^ "Judo Qualification" (PDF). IJF. 9 May 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 June 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  15. ^ Hamadou Djibo Issaka BBC Sport Olympics.
  16. ^ "Rowing". Official site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  17. ^ "FINA Universality Places" (PDF). FINA. 6 July 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 July 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012.