Slovakia at the 2016 Summer Olympics

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Slovakia at the
2016 Summer Olympics
Flag of Slovakia.svg
NOCSlovak Olympic and Sports Committee (in Slovak)
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors51 in 12 sports
Flag bearerDanka Barteková (opening)[1]
Erik Vlček (closing)
Ranked 37th
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
 Hungary (1896–1912)
 Czechoslovakia (1920–1992)

Slovakia 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 after gaining its independence from the former Czechoslovakia.

The Slovak Olympic Committee fielded a team of 51 athletes, 32 men and 19 women, across 12 sports at the Games. Although its full roster was larger by four athletes than in London 2012, this was still one of Slovakia's smallest delegations sent to the Summer Olympics.[2][3] Slovakia made its Olympic debut in archery, as well as its return to synchronized swimming and table tennis after nearly a decade.

The Slovak team featured 17 returning Olympians, including skeet shooter Danka Barteková, who won the bronze in London four years earlier, 2015 world champion Matej Tóth, who entered his fourth consecutive Games as a top medal favorite in the 50 km race walk, and sprint kayaker and two-time medalist Erik Vlček, who joined the slalom canoe legend Michal Martikán as the only Slovaks participating in five Olympics. The only medalist returning from the previous Games to compete in Rio de Janeiro, Barteková was nominated by the committee to carry the Slovak flag at the opening ceremony.[1] Other notable Slovak athletes included pro mountain biker Peter Sagan, twins Dana and Jana Velďáková in both long and triple jump, slalom canoe duo and cousins Ladislav and Peter Škantár, and world-ranked triathlete Richard Varga.

Slovakia left Rio de Janeiro with four medals (two gold and two silver), matching its overall tally from the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.[4] Among the medalists were Tóth, who walked away with Slovakia's first ever track and field gold in his event, and the Škantár cousins, who succeeded the Hochschorner twins Pavol and Peter to win the Olympic title in the slalom canoe double.[5][6]




One Slovak archer has qualified for the women's individual recurve at the Olympics by securing one of three available Olympic spots at the 2016 European Championships in Nottingham, Great Britain, signifying the nation's Olympic debut in the sport.[7] Meanwhile, another Slovak archer was added to the squad by virtue of a top five national finish in the men's individual recurve at the 2016 Archery World Cup meet in Antalya, Turkey.[8]

Athlete Event Ranking round Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Score Seed Opposition
Boris Baláž Men's individual 631 59  Ku B-c (KOR)
L 0–6
Did not advance
Alexandra Longová Women's individual 640 22  Majhi (IND)
W 7–1
 Qi Yh (CHN)
L 0–6
Did not advance


Slovak athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event):[9][10]

  • 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
  • NM = No mark
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Jozef Repčík 800 m 1:49.95 6 Did not advance
Martin Kučera 400 m hurdles 51.47 7 Did not advance
Anton Kučmín 20 km walk N/A 1:23:17 32
Dušan Majdán 50 km walk N/A 3:58:25 26
Martin Tišťan N/A DSQ
Matej Tóth N/A 3:40:58 1st place, gold medalist(s)
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Iveta Putálová 400 m 52.82 5 Did not advance
Lucia Hrivnák Klocová 800 m 2:00.57 4 Did not advance
Katarína Berešová Marathon N/A 2:50:54 107
Mária Czaková 20 km walk N/A 1:38:29 48
Mária Gáliková N/A 1:40:35 55
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Matúš Bubeník Men's high jump 2.17 =35 Did not advance
Marcel Lomnický Men's hammer throw 74.16 10 q 75.97 5
Jana Velďáková Women's long jump 6.48 15 Did not advance
Dana Velďáková Women's triple jump 13.98 17 Did not advance
Martina Hrašnová Women's hammer throw 67.63 19 Did not advance



Slovak canoeists have qualified a maximum of one boat in each of the following classes through the 2015 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships.[11] Matej Beňuš became the first canoeist to be named to the Slovak team based on his performance at two ICF World Cup meets each in La Seu d'Urgell and Pau, and at the World Championships in London.[12] Meanwhile, the remaining canoeists (Grigar, Dukátová, and Škantár cousins) rounded out the internal selection at the 2016 European Championships in Liptovský Mikuláš.[13]

Athlete Event Preliminary Semifinal Final
Run 1 Rank Run 2 Rank Best Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Matej Beňuš Men's C-1 95.05 2 96.78 5 95.05 6 Q 100.68 8 Q 95.02 2nd place, silver medalist(s)
Ladislav Škantár
Peter Škantár
Men's C-2 100.89 1 106.00 3 100.89 1 Q 110.42 6 Q 101.58 1st place, gold medalist(s)
Jakub Grigar Men's K-1 89.16 6 87.85 3 87.85 4 Q 88.84 1 Q 89.43 5
Jana Dukátová Women's K-1 102.25 4 105.87 7 102.25 6 Q 106.59 6 Q 103.86 4


Slovak canoeists have qualified three boats in each of the following distances for the Games through the 2015 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships.[14] Meanwhile, two additional boats (women's K-1 200 & 500 m) were awarded to the Slovak squad by virtue of a top two national finish at the 2016 European Qualification Regatta in Duisburg, Germany.[15]

Athlete Event Heats Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Vincent Farkaš C-1 1000 m 4:12.295 5 Q 4:19.084 5 FB 4:04.013 10
Peter Gelle K-1 1000 m 3:36.342 2 Q 3:36.193 3 FA 3:40.691 8
Juraj Tarr
Erik Vlček
K-2 1000 m 3:24.728 2 Q 3:19.372 3 FA 3:15.916 8
Tibor Linka
Denis Myšák
Juraj Tarr
Erik Vlček
K-4 1000 m 2:55.628 2 Q 2:59.362 1 FA 3:05.044 2nd place, silver medalist(s)
Athlete Event Heats Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Martina Kohlová K-1 200 m 41.231 2 Q 41.286 4 FB 41.787 10
K-1 500 m 1:53.167 4 Q 1:57.801 5 FB 1:58.211 13

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



Slovakia has qualified one rider in the men's Olympic road race by virtue of his best ranking among the top 100 individuals in the 2015 UCI World Tour.[16][17]

Athlete Event Time Rank
Patrik Tybor Men's road race 6:30:05 45

Mountain biking[edit]

Slovakia has qualified one mountain biker for the men's Olympic cross-country race, as a result of his nation's fifteenth-place finish in the UCI Olympic Ranking List of May 25, 2016.[17]

Athlete Event Time Rank
Peter Sagan Men's cross-country LAP (1 lap) 35



Slovakia has entered one artistic gymnast into the Olympic competition. Barbora Mokošová had claimed her Olympic spot in the women's apparatus and all-around events at the Olympic Test Event in Rio de Janeiro.[18]

Athlete Event Qualification Final
Apparatus Total Rank Apparatus Total Rank
Barbora Mokošová All-around 13.933 13.800 12.033 13.033 52.799 45 Did not advance


Slovak shooters have achieved quota places for the following events by virtue of their best finishes at the 2014 and 2015 ISSF World Championships, the 2015 ISSF World Cup series, and European Championships or Games, as long as they obtained a minimum qualifying score (MQS) by March 31, 2016.[19]

Athlete Event Qualification Semifinal Final
Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank
Pavol Kopp Men's 10 m air pistol 569 38 N/A Did not advance
Men's 50 m pistol 556 7 Q N/A 91.4 7
Marián Kovačócy Men's trap 114 18 Did not advance
Juraj Tužinský Men's 10 m air pistol 582 3 Q N/A 159.4 4
Men's 50 m pistol 541 33 N/A Did not advance
Erik Varga Men's trap 114 21 Did not advance
Danka Barteková Women's skeet 64 16 Did not advance

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


Slovak swimmers have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following events (up to a maximum of 2 swimmers in each event at the Olympic Qualifying Time (OQT), and potentially 1 at the Olympic Selection Time (OST)):[20][21]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Tomáš Klobučník Men's 100 m breaststroke 1:02.93 42 Did not advance
Richárd Nagy Men's 1500 m freestyle 15:26.48 34 N/A Did not advance
Men's 400 m individual medley 4:13.87 NR 9 N/A Did not advance
Men's 10 km open water N/A 1:53:35.4 20
Katarína Listopadová Women's 100 m backstroke 1:01.43 22 Did not advance
Women's 100 m butterfly 59.57 29 Did not advance

Synchronized swimming[edit]

Slovakia has fielded a squad of two synchronized swimmers to compete only in the women's duet by picking up one of four spare berths freed by the continental selection for being the next highest ranking nation at the FINA Olympic test event in Rio de Janeiro, signifying their nation's Olympic comeback to the sport since 2004.[22][23]

Athlete Event Technical routine Free routine (preliminary) Free routine (final)
Points Rank Points Total (technical + free) Rank Points Total (technical + free) Rank
Naďa Daabousová
Jana Labáthová
Duet 78.3607 22 77.7000 156.0607 22 Did not advance

Table tennis[edit]

Slovakia has entered three athletes into the table tennis competition at the Games, signifying the nation's Olympic return to the sport after an eight-year hiatus. Chinese-born Wang Yang and Barbora Balážová were automatically selected among the top 22 eligible players each in their respective singles events based on the ITTF Olympic Rankings.[24] Meanwhile, Beijing 2008 Olympian Eva Ódorová granted an invitation from ITTF to compete in the women's singles as one of the next seven highest-ranked eligible players, not yet qualified, on the Olympic Ranking List.

Athlete Event Preliminary Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Wang Yang Men's singles Bye  Madrid (MEX)
W 4–1
 Aruna (NGR)
L 1–4
Did not advance
Barbora Balážová Women's singles Bye  Silva (MEX)
W 4–0
 Li F (SWE)
L 3–4
Did not advance
Eva Ódorová Bye  Wu (USA)
L 1–4
Did not advance


Slovakia has entered three tennis players into the Olympic tournament. Martin Kližan (world no. 51), Dominika Cibulková (world no. 21), and Anna Karolína Schmiedlová (world no. 40) qualified directly among the top 56 eligible players for their respective singles events based on the ATP and WTA World Rankings as of June 6, 2016. Having been directly entered to the singles, Kližan also opted to play with his rookie partner Andrej Martin in the men's doubles.[25][26]

On July 27, 2016, Kližan pulled out from the Games due to his concerns about the Zika virus.[27] Thereby, Martin replaced him in the men's singles and was subsequently set to play with Igor Zelenay in the men's doubles.[28] Almost a week later, Cibulková withdrew from the Games due to a heel injury, leaving Schmiedlová as the lone female competitor.[29]

Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Andrej Martin Men's singles  Kudla (USA)
W 6–0, 6–3
 Kohlschreiber (GER)
 Nishikori (JPN)
L 2–6, 2–6
Did not advance
Andrej Martin
Igor Zelenay
Men's doubles N/A  Elias /
Sousa (POR)
L 4–6, 2–6
Did not advance
Anna Karolína Schmiedlová Women's singles  Vinci (ITA)
W 7–5, 6–4
 Makarova (RUS)
L 6–3, 4–6, 2–6
Did not advance


Slovakia has entered one triathlete to compete at the Games. London 2012 Olympian Richard Varga was ranked among the top 40 eligible triathletes in the men's event based on the ITU Olympic Qualification List as of May 15, 2016.[30]

Athlete Event Swim (1.5 km) Trans 1 Bike (40 km) Trans 2 Run (10 km) Total Time Rank
Richard Varga Men's 17:18 0:49 55:10 0:34 34:06 1:47:17 11


Slovakia has qualified one male weightlifter for the Rio Olympics by virtue of a top seven national finish at the 2016 European Championships.[31] The team must allocate this place by June 20, 2016.

Athlete Event Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank
Ondrej Kružel Men's +105 kg 165 =21 206 18 371 18

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External links[edit]

  • [[1]SVK/summer/2016/ Slovakia at the 2016 Summer Olympics] at SR/Olympics