Panama at the 2016 Summer Olympics

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Panama at the
2016 Summer Olympics
Flag of Panama.svg
IOC codePAN
NOCComité Olímpico de Panamá
Websitewww.copanama.com (in Spanish)
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors10 in 7 sports
Flag bearerAlonso Edward[1]
Medals
Gold
0
Silver
0
Bronze
0
Total
0
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Panama competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. This was the nation's seventeenth appearance at the Summer Olympics, since its debut in 1928.

Panama Olympic Committee (Spanish: Comité Olímpico de Panamá) sent the nation's largest delegation to the Games since 1968, with the women outnumbering the men for the first time in its history. A total of 10 athletes, 4 men and 6 women, were selected to the Panamanian squad across seven sports.[2] Artistic gymnastics and women's boxing were the only sporting events in which Panama had its debut in Rio de Janeiro.

Among the nation's athletes on the roster, three of them returned from London 2012, including taekwondo fighter Carolena Carstens (women's 57 kg), breaststroke swimmer Edgar Crespo, who attended his third straight Games as the most experienced competitor, and sprinter Alonso Edward, who was nominated by the committee to carry the Panamanian flag at the opening ceremony.[1][3]

Panama, however, failed to win a single Olympic medal, since the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, where Irving Saladino became the nation's first ever champion in the long jump. At the Games, Edward improved upon his false start disaster from London 2012 to produce Panama's most substantial result with a seventh-place finish in the final of the men's 200 metres.[4]

Athletics (track and field)[edit]

Panamanian athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event):[5][6]

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
Alonso Edward Men's 200 m 20.19 1 Q 20.07 1 Q 20.23 7
Jorge Castelblanco Men's marathon N/A 2:39:25 135
Yvette Lewis Women's 100 m hurdles 13.35 8 Did not advance

Boxing[edit]

Panama has received an invitation from the Tripartite Commission to send a female boxer competing in the middleweight division to the Games.[7][8]

Athlete Event Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Atheyna Bylon Women's middleweight  Bandeira (BRA)
L 1–2
Did not advance

Fencing[edit]

Panama has entered one fencer into the Olympic competition, signifying the country's return to the sport after an eight-year hiatus. Eileen Grench received a spare Olympic berth freed up by Dominican Republic's Rossy Félix, who was ordered a two-month suspension from FIE for her acts of disobedience, as the next highest-ranked fencer, not yet qualified, in the women's sabre at the Pan American Zonal Qualifier in San José, Costa Rica.[9]

Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Eileen Grench Women's sabre  Aoki (JPN)
W 15–5
 Zagunis (USA)
L 4–15
Did not advance

Gymnastics[edit]

Artistic[edit]

Panama has received an invitation from the Tripartite Commission to send a female gymnast to the Games, signifying the nation's Olympic debut in the sport.[10]

Women
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Apparatus Total Rank Apparatus Total Rank
V UB BB F V UB BB F
Isabella Amado Medrano All-around 13.900 12.733 13.333 12.866 52.832 44 Did not advance

Shooting[edit]

Panama has received an invitation from the Tripartite Commission to send a men's pistol shooter to the Olympics, signifying the nation's comeback to the sport for the first time since 2000.[11][12]

Athlete Event Qualification Final
Points Rank Points Rank
David Muñoz Men's 10 m air pistol 563 46 Did not advance
Men's 50 m pistol 528 40 Did not advance

Qualification Legend: Q = Qualify for the next round; q = Qualify for the bronze medal (shotgun)

Swimming[edit]

Panama has received a Universality invitation from FINA to send two swimmers (one male and one female) to the Olympics.[13][14]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Edgar Crespo Men's 100 m breaststroke 1:02.78 41 Did not advance
María Far Núñez Women's 200 m butterfly 2:23.89 27 Did not advance

Taekwondo[edit]

Panama entered one athlete into the taekwondo competition at the Olympics. 2012 Olympian Carolena Carstens secured a spot in the women's lightweight category (57 kg) by virtue of her top two finish at the 2016 Pan American Qualification Tournament in Aguascalientes, Mexico.[15]

Athlete Event Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Carolena Carstens Women's −57 kg  Asemani (BEL)
L 1–13 PTG
Did not advance

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Calvo, Rafael (17 July 2016). "Alonso Edward, el abanderado para Rio 2016" [Alonso Edward, the flagbearer for Rio 2016] (in Spanish). Panama City, Panama: La Prensa. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Delegación con diez atletas a Río, 2016" [Delegation of ten athletes in Rio 2016] (in Spanish). La Estrella de Panamá. 14 July 2016. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  3. ^ Rodríguez, Tomás (16 July 2016). "Alonso Edward abanderado de Panamá para los Juegos Olímpicos de Río" [Alonso Edward will be Panama's flag bearer for the Rio Olympics] (in Spanish). Panama: TVN. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Alonso Edward es séptimo en los 200 metros de Río 2016" [Alonso Edward finished seventh in the 200 metres of Rio 2016] (in Spanish). RPC-TV. 18 August 2016. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  5. ^ "iaaf.org – Top Lists". IAAF. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  6. ^ "IAAF Games of the XXX Olympiad – Rio 2016 Entry Standards" (PDF). IAAF. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  7. ^ Alfaro, Julio (22 June 2016). "Atheyna Bylon va a los Juegos Olímpicos Río 2016" [Atheyna Bylon goes to the 2016 Rio Olympics] (in Spanish). La Estrella de Panamá.
  8. ^ "Rio 2016 Olympic Games Tripartite Commission designates women boxing quota places to Central African Republic, Federated States of Micronesia and Panama". AIBA. 28 June 2016. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Eileen Grench irá a Río" [Eileen Grench will go to Rio] (in Spanish). La Estrella de Panamá. 7 July 2016. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Lists of Rio 2016 qualifiers updated in Artistic, Rhythmic and Trampoline Gymnastics". FIG. 26 April 2016. Archived from the original on 26 April 2016. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  11. ^ "Quota Places by Nation and Number". www.issf-sports.org/. ISSF. 30 May 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  12. ^ "El tirador David Muñoz también irá a Río 2016" [Shooter David Muñoz will go to Rio 2016] (in Spanish). Comité Olímpico de Panamá. 10 May 2016. Retrieved 16 May 2016.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "Swimming World Rankings". FINA. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  14. ^ "Rio 2016 – FINA Swimming Qualification System" (PDF). Rio 2016. FINA. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  15. ^ "Eleven countries book Rio 2016 places at taekwondo Pan American Qualification Tournament". World Taekwondo Federation. 11 March 2016. Retrieved 12 March 2016.

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