Switzerland at the 2016 Summer Olympics

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Switzerland at the
2016 Summer Olympics
Flag of Switzerland.svg
IOC code SUI
NOC Swiss Olympic Association
Website www.swissolympic.ch (in German) (in French)
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors 104 in 17 sports
Flag bearer Giulia Steingruber (opening)[1]
Nino Schurter (closing)
Medals
Ranked 24th
Gold
3
Silver
2
Bronze
2
Total
7
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
1906 Intercalated Games

Switzerland competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. Swiss athletes have appeared in every edition of the Summer Olympic Games in the modern era, except for a partial boycott of the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne as a protest to the Soviet invasion of Hungary. The Swiss team consisted of 104 athletes, 59 men and 45 women, across seventeen sports.[2]

Switzerland returned home from Rio de Janeiro with seven medals (three golds, two silver, and two bronze), which matched its overall tally from the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta and the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.[3] Two of these medals were awarded to the Swiss team in cycling, with one each in artistic gymnastics, rowing, shooting, tennis, and triathlon.

Among the nation's winners were professional road cyclist Fabian Cancellara, who saved the best race of his storied career for last by reclaiming his men's time trial title for the second time (the first did so in Beijing 2008, and mountain biker Nino Schurter, who completed a full set of medals in his career hardware by striking the gold at his third attempt in the men's cross country race.[4][5] Entering the Games as the reigning world and double European champions, the lightweight four crew of Mario Gyr, Simon Niepmann, Simon Schürch, and Lucas Tramèr propelled their way ahead of their Danish and French rivals to take the country's first ever Olympic title in rowing after two decades.[6]

On the women's side, pistol shooter Heidi Diethelm Gerber, all-around gymnast Giulia Steingruber, and former world-number-one tennis player Martina Hingis, along with her doubles partner Timea Bacsinszky, accomplished their historic feats as the first ever Swiss females to stand on the podium in their respective sporting disciplines. Meanwhile, Nicola Spirig Hug picked up a silver in the women's triathlon to become the first in Olympic history to collect more than a single medal, bowing out her title defense to the world-ranked American challenger Gwen Jorgensen.[7][8]

Medalists[edit]

Competitors[edit]

The Swiss Olympic Association selected a roster of 104 athletes, 59 men and 45 women, to compete across seventeen different sports at these Games; it was the nation's largest delegation ever sent to the Summer Olympics since 1984, without any association to the traditional team-based sports.[2] Moreover, the Swiss team featured the largest share of women in its Summer Olympic history, constituting about 43 percent of the total. Roughly three quarters of the nation's roster made their Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro, with the remainder having attended at least a single edition.

These Games also witnessed the Swiss male gymnasts compete for the first time in the team all-around tournament since 1992.[9] Athletics and cycling accounted for the largest number of competitors on the Swiss roster, with 16 entries each, respectively.

Three of the nation's medalists from London 2012 returned, with equestrian show jumper Steve Guerdat and triathlete Nicola Spirig Hug looking to defend their titles in Rio de Janeiro, and with mountain biker Nino Schurter hoping to complete his collection of Olympic medals for gold at his third attempt.[2] Professional road cyclist and 2008 time trial champion Fabian Cancellara joined an exclusive club of Swiss athletes, along with Guerdat, Spirig Hug, and 2004 bronze medalist Sven Riederer (men's triathlon), who earned four consecutive trips to the Games, aiming to close out his stellar sporting career with another golden finish in the same event.

Other notable athletes on the Swiss team included the rowing quartet of Mario Gyr, Simon Niepmann, Simon Schürch, and Lucas Tramèr, who entered the Games as the defending world and two-time European champions in the men's lightweight four; former single-handed sailor Nathalie Brugger and her Argentine-born partner Matías Bühler in the inaugural Nacra 17 catamaran; pole vaulter Nicole Büchler; European Games champion Heidi Diethelm Gerber in the women's pistol shooting; and former world-number-one tennis player Martina Hingis, who returned to the Olympic scene from her 20-year absence to compete alongside her partner Timea Bacsinszky in the women's doubles.[10] Artistic gymnast and 2015 European all-around champion Giulia Steingruber was selected by the association to carry the Swiss flag in the opening ceremony, the first by a female since 1988 and third overall in Summer Olympic history.[1][11]

New York-based golfer Albane Valenzuela (aged 18) was Switzerland's youngest competitor of the Games, with lone dressage rider Marcela Krinke-Susmelj rounding out the lineup as the oldest member (aged 50).[9]

Athletics[edit]

Swiss athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event):[12][13]

On May 5, 2016, the Swiss Olympic Association had selected three marathon runners (Abraham, Kreienbühl, and Neuenschwander), who achieved the federation's entry standards, for the Olympics.[14] Fourteen more athletes (one man and thirteen women) rounded out the Swiss track and field team for the Games at the end of the qualifying period on July 11, 2016.[15]

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 Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Tadesse Abraham Marathon N/A 2:11:42 7
Kariem Hussein 400 m hurdles 49.80 5 Did not advance
Christian Kreienbühl Marathon N/A 2:21:13 76
Women
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Selina Büchel 800 m 1:59.00 1 Q N/A 1:59.35 3 Did not advance
Petra Fontanive 400 m hurdles 56.80 6 N/A Did not advance
Mujinga Kambundji 100 m Bye 11.19 3 q 11.16 6 Did not advance
200 m 22.78 3 q N/A 22.83 6 Did not advance
Maja Neuenschwander Marathon N/A 2:34:27 29
Clélia Reuse 100 m hurdles 12.91 4 q N/A 12.96 5 Did not advance
Fabienne Schlumpf 3000 m steeplechase 9:30.54 6 q N/A 9:59.30 18
Léa Sprunger 400 m hurdles 56.58 4 N/A Did not advance
Sarah Atcho
Ajla del Ponte
Mujinga Kambundji
Salomé Kora
Marisa Lavanchy
Ellen Sprunger
4 × 100 m relay 43.12 5 N/A Did not advance
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Nicole Büchler Pole vault 4.55 =8 q 4.70 6
Angelica Moser 4.45 23 Did not advance

Badminton[edit]

Switzerland has qualified one badminton player for the women's singles into the Olympic tournament. London 2012 Olympian Sabrina Jaquet picked up one of the spare athlete berths from the doubles as the next highest-ranked eligible player in the BWF World Rankings as of 5 May 2016.[16][17]

Athlete Event Group Stage Elimination Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Sabrina Jaquet Women's singles  Gilmour (GBR)
L (15–21, 17–21)
 Zechiri (BUL)
L (15–21, 17–21)
3 Did not advance

Canoeing[edit]

Slalom[edit]

Switzerland has qualified a pair of canoeists in the men's C-2 class by obtaining a top finish and an outright Olympic berth at the 2016 European Canoe Slalom Championships in Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia.[18] The slalom canoeists were named to the Swiss team on May 26, 2016.[19]

Athlete Event Preliminary Semifinal Final
Run 1 Rank Run 2 Rank Best Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Lukas Werro
Simon Werro
Men's C-2 158.47 11 110.56 6 110.56 9 Q 115.40 9 Q 111.52 9

Sprint[edit]

Switzerland has received a spare berth from the International Canoe Federation to send one canoeist competing in the men's K-1 1000 m, as a response to the "multiple positive" cases on doping that provoked a one-year suspension for Belarus and Romania.[20]

Athlete Event Heats Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Fabio Wyss Men's K-1 1000 m 3:41.985 7 Did not advance

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

Cycling[edit]

Road[edit]

Swiss riders qualified for the following quota places in the men's and women's Olympic road race by virtue of their top 15 final national ranking in the 2015 UCI World Tour (for men) and top 22 in the UCI World Ranking (for women).[21][22] The road cycling team, led by two-time Olympic medalist Fabian Cancellara, was officially named to the Swiss cycling roster for the Games on July 1, 2016.[23]

Athlete Event Time Rank
Michael Albasini Men's road race Did not finish
Fabian Cancellara Men's road race 6:21:54 34
Men's time trial 1:12:15.42 1st, gold medalist(s)
Steve Morabito Men's road race Did not finish
Sébastien Reichenbach 6:13:36 19
Jolanda Neff Women's road race 3:51:47 8

Track[edit]

Following the completion of the 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Swiss riders have accumulated spots in the men's team pursuit, as well as the men's omnium. The Swiss Olympic Association announced the track cycling squad for the Olympics on March 15, 2016.[24]

Pursuit
Athlete Event Qualification Semifinals Final
Time Rank Opponent
Results
Rank Opponent
Results
Rank
Olivier Beer
Silvan Dillier
Frank Pasche
Théry Schir
Cyrille Thièry*
Men's team pursuit 4:03.845 7 Q  Germany (GER)
4:03.580
7  China (CHN)
4:01.786
7
Omnium
Athlete Event Scratch race Individual pursuit Elimination race Time trial Flying lap Points race Total points Rank
Rank Points Time Rank Points Rank Points Time Rank Points Time Rank Points Points Rank
Gaël Suter Men's omnium 15 12 4:36.674 17 17 8 26 1:04.433 13 16 12.981 5 32 13 1 95 12

Mountain biking[edit]

Swiss mountain bikers qualified for three men's and two women's quota places into the Olympic cross-country race, as a result of the nation's top finish for both men and women in the UCI Olympic Ranking List of May 25, 2016. The mountain biking team, highlighted by double Olympic medalist Nino Schurter, was named to the Swiss roster on June 6, 2016.[25]

Athlete Event Time Rank
Lars Förster Men's cross-country Did not finish
Mathias Flückiger 1:35:52 6
Nino Schurter 1:33:28 1st, gold medalist(s)
Linda Indergand Women's cross-country 1:33:27 8
Jolanda Neff 1:32:43 6

BMX[edit]

Swiss riders qualified for one men's quota place in BMX at the Olympics, as a result of the nation's ninth-place finish in the UCI Olympic Ranking List of May 31, 2016. BMX rider David Graf was selected to the Swiss team for the Olympics on June 10, 2016.[26]

Athlete Event Seeding Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Points Rank Points Rank Result Rank
David Graf Men's BMX 34.678 2 14 4 Q 22 7 Did not advance

Equestrian[edit]

Switzerland has qualified a full squad in the team jumping competition after having achieved one of the three Olympic quota places available from the 2015 European Championships.[27] Three more Swiss riders have formed a composite squad to compete in the Olympic team eventing by virtue of the following results in the individual FEI Olympic rankings: a top two finish from European combined ranking, and two top nine finishes from the combined overall FEI Olympic rankings.[28]

Dressage[edit]

Marcela Krinke-Susmelj and her Danish Warmblood Molberg were named to the Swiss roster on June 10, 2016.[29]

Athlete Horse Event Grand Prix Grand Prix Special Grand Prix Freestyle Overall
Score Rank Score Rank Technical Artistic Score Rank
Marcela Krinke-Susmelj Molberg Individual 72.700 24 Q 72.885 24 Did not advance

Eventing[edit]

Athlete Horse Event Dressage Cross-country Jumping Total
Qualifier Final
Penalties Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Rank
Ben Vogg Noe des Vatys Individual 51.70 49 82.40 134.10 43 14.00 148.00 43 Did not advance 148.00 43
Felix Vogg Onfire 46.70 25 Eliminated Did not advance

Jumping[edit]

Athlete Horse Event Qualification Final Total
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round A Round B
Penalties Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Rank
Romain Duguet Quorida de Treho Individual 4 =27 Q 0 4 =15 Q 5 9 =23 Q 12 32 Did not advance 12 32
Martin Fuchs Clooney 4 # =27 Q 0 4 =15 Q 5 # 9 =23 Q 0 =1 Q 4 4 =9 4 =9
Steve Guerdat Nino des Buissonets 0 =1 Q 8 8 =30 Q 1 9 =23 Q 0 =1 Q 0 0 =1 JO 4 4
Janika Sprunger Bonne Chance 0 =1 Q 8 8 # =30 Q 1 9 =23* Did not advance
Romain Duguet
Martin Fuchs
Steve Guerdat
Janika Sprunger
See above Team 8 =8 8 N/A =7 Q 7 15 6 N/A 15 6

"#" indicates that the score of this rider does not count in the team competition, since only the best three results of a team are counted.

Fencing[edit]

Swiss fencers have qualified a full squad each in the men's team épée by virtue of their top 4 national finish in the FIE Olympic Team Rankings.[30] Meanwhile, London 2012 Olympian Tiffany Géroudet had claimed the sole Olympic spot as the winner of the women's épée at the European Zonal Qualifier in Prague, Czech Republic. The fencing team was named to the Olympic roster on May 31, 2016.[31]

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
Max Heinzer Men's épée Bye  Pizzo (ITA)
W 15–11
 Anokhin (RUS)
W 15–7
 Park S-y (KOR)
L 4–15
Did not advance
Fabian Kauter Bye  Herey (UKR)
W 15–9
 Borel (FRA)
L 14–15
Did not advance
Benjamin Steffen Bye  Pryor (USA)
W 15–14
 Nikishyn (UKR)
W 15–14
 Borel (FRA)
W 15–10
 Park S-y (KOR)
L 9–15
 Grumier (FRA)
L 11–15
4
Max Heinzer
Fabian Kauter
Benjamin Steffen
Peer Borsky (r)
Men's team épée N/A Bye  Italy (ITA)
L 32–45
Classification semifinal
 Russia (RUS)
W 45–28
5th place final
 South Korea (KOR)
L 36–45
6
Tiffany Géroudet Women's épée  Costa (BRA)
L 13–15
Did not advance

Golf[edit]

Switzerland has entered two golfers into the Olympic tournament. Fabienne In-Albon (world no. 408) and Albane Valenzuela (world no. 378) qualified directly among the top 60 eligible players for the women's event based on the IGF World Rankings as of 11 July 2016.[32]

Athlete Event Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Total
Score Score Score Score Score Par Rank
Fabienne In-Albon Women's 74 78 75 79 306 +22 57
Albane Valenzuela 71 68 72 71 282 −2 =21

Gymnastics[edit]

Artistic[edit]

Switzerland has fielded a full squad of five artistic gymnasts (five men and one woman) into the Olympic competition. The men's team qualified through a top eight finish at the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow, making its first trip to the Games since 1992.[9][33] Meanwhile, an additional Olympic berth had been awarded to the Swiss female gymnast, who participated in the apparatus and all-around events at the Olympic Test Event in Rio de Janeiro.[34] The artistic gymnastics squad was named to the Swiss roster for the Games on July 8, 2016.[35]

Men
Team
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Apparatus Total Rank Apparatus Total Rank
F PH R V PB HB F PH R V PB HB
Christian Baumann Team N/A 14.333 14.133 N/A 14.933 13.700 N/A Did not advance
Pablo Brägger 14.500 13.933 14.033 13.800 14.833 15.100 86.199 21 Q
Benjamin Gischard 15.066 N/A 14.300 N/A
Oliver Hegi 13.966 14.066 14.200 14.500 14.333 13.366 84.431 30
Eddy Yusof 15.033 14.133 14.533 15.200 13.300 13.166 85.365 25 Q
Total 44.599 42.532 42.866 44.000 44.099 42.166 260.262 9
Individual finals
Athlete Event Apparatus Total Rank
F PH R V PB HB
Pablo Brägger All-around 14.933 14.033 13.908 14.300 15.033 15.166 87.373 16
Eddy Yusof 14.633 14.533 14.716 15.066 14.933 14.533 88.414 12
Women
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Apparatus Total Rank Apparatus Total Rank
V UB BB F V UB BB F
Giulia Steingruber All-around 15.600 13.900 12.733 14.666 56.899 15 Q 15.366 13.800 13.666 14.733 57.565 10
Vault 15.600 N/A 15.600 5 Q 15.216 N/A 15.216 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Floor N/A 14.666 14.666 3 Q N/A 11.800 11.800 8

Judo[edit]

Switzerland has qualified three judokas for the following weight classes at the Games. Ciril Grossklaus, Evelyne Schopp, and London 2012 Olympian Ludovic Chammartin were ranked among the top 22 eligible judokas for men and top 14 for women in the IJF World Ranking List of May 30, 2016.[36][37]

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
Ludovic Chammartin Men's −60 kg Bye  Preciado (ECU)
W 001–000
 Urozboev (UZB)
L 000–001
Did not advance
Ciril Grossklaus Men's −90 kg Bye  Iddir (FRA)
L 000–000 S
Did not advance
Evelyne Tschopp Women's −52 kg N/A  Gneto (FRA)
W 100–000
 Kelmendi (KOS)
L 000–100
Did not advance

Rowing[edit]

Switzerland has qualified a total of four boats for each of the following rowing classes into the Olympic regatta. Rowers competing in men's lightweight double sculls, men's lightweight four, men's quadruple sculls, and women's single sculls had confirmed Olympic places for their boats at the 2015 FISA World Championships in Lac d'Aiguebelette, France.

The Swiss Olympic Association announced the first batch of rowers competing in the men's lightweight four and women's single sculls on April 22, 2016.[38] The men's lightweight double sculls rowers (Schmid & Wiederkehr) were named to the Swiss team on May 13, 2016, while the men's quadruple sculls crew rounded out the team selection on June 24, 2016.[39]

Men
Athlete Event Heats Repechage Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Michael Schmid
Daniel Wiederkehr
Lightweight double sculls 6:29.95 3 R 7:07.90 3 SC/D 7:22.15 1 FC 6:42.57 13
Mario Gyr
Simon Niepmann
Simon Schürch
Lucas Tramèr
Lightweight four 6:03.52 3 SA/B Bye 6:17.85 1 FA 6:20.51 1st, gold medalist(s)
Barnabé Delarze
Augustin Maillefer
Roman Röösli
Nico Stahlberg
Quadruple sculls 5:51.52 3 R 5:56.13 4 FB Bye 6:11.18 7
Women
Athlete Event Heats Repechage Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Jeannine Gmelin Single sculls 8:28.10 2 QF Bye 7:29.66 2 SA/B 7:49.83 3 FA 7:29.69 5

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

Sailing[edit]

Swiss sailors have qualified one boat in each of the following classes through the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships, the individual fleet Worlds, and European qualifying regattas.[40] They also picked up a spare Olympic berth freed by Africa as the next highest-ranked eligible crew in the women's 470 based on the results at the 2015 World Championships.[41]

The entire sailing squad was named to the Swiss team on May 9, 2016, with Nathalie Brugger (Nacra 17) and the men's 470 crew Yannick Brauchli and Romuald Hausser remarkably going to their third Olympics.[42] 49er crew members Lucien Cujean and Sébastien Schneiter were added to Switzerland's sailing lineup for the Games on June 24, 2016, after the nation received a spare Olympic berth freed up by Canada from the International Sailing Federation.[43]

Men
Athlete Event Race Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 M*
Mateo Sanz Lanz RS:X 24 15 21 8 14 8 20 11 11 19 4 5 EL 136 14
Yannick Brauchli
Romuald Hausser
470 11 4 19 7 10 10 8 22 15 8 N/A 2 94 9
Lucien Cujean
Sébastien Schneiter
49er 5 16 12 4 17 15 15 10 16 5 17 5 EL 120 13
Women
Athlete Event Race Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 M*
Linda Fahrni
Maja Siegenthaler
470 18 15 15 12 9 10 8 11 16 19 EL 104 14
Mixed
Athlete Event Race Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 M*
Matías Bühler
Nathalie Brugger
Nacra 17 1 6 6 19 11 18 10 7 5 5 1 10 20 100 7

M = Medal race; EL = Eliminated – did not advance into the medal race

Shooting[edit]

Swiss shooters have achieved quota places for the following events by virtue of their best finishes at 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.[44]

The Swiss Olympic Association announced the shooting team, highlighted by London 2012 Olympian and European Games pistol champion Heidi Diethelm Gerber, on June 2, 2016. With a double starter (owned by Nina Christen) securing quota places in two women's rifle events, the Swiss team decided to exchange one of them with the men's 50 m rifle three positions instead based on performances throughout the qualifying period. The slot was awarded to 2010 Youth Olympian Jan Lochbichler.[45]

Athlete Event Qualification Semifinal Final
Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank
Jan Lochbichler Men's 50 m rifle prone 623.0 14 N/A Did not advance
Men's 50 m rifle 3 positions 1166 30 N/A Did not advance
Nina Christen Women's 10 m air rifle 414.7 16 N/A Did not advance
Women's 50 m rifle 3 positions 586 2 Q N/A 414.8 6
Heidi Diethelm Gerber Women's 10 m air pistol 376 35 N/A Did not advance
Women's 25 m pistol 582 7 Q 18 4 q 8 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Sarah Hornung Women's 10 m air rifle 414.3 21 N/A Did not advance

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

Swimming[edit]

Swiss 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)):[46][47]

Jérémy Desplanches, Sasha Touretski, and London 2012 Olympian Yannick Käser were selected to the Swiss swimming team with a FINA Olympic A-cut on March 31, 2016.[48] Käser's fellow Olympian Martina van Berkel, individual medley swimmer Maria Ugolkova, and Alexandre Haldemann, who was invited by FINA to compete in the men's 200 m freestyle as the fastest entrant outside of Olympic qualifying time, joined the roster on July 11, 2016.[49] Butterfly stalwart Danielle Villars and relay swimmer Noémi Girardet rounded out the swimming lineup on July 15.[50]

Men
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Jérémy Desplanches 200 m individual medley 1:59.67 =12 Q 2:00.38 13 Did not advance
400 m individual medley 4:15.46 NR 13 N/A Did not advance
Alexandre Haldemann 200 m freestyle 1:49.94 38 Did not advance
Yannick Käser 100 m breaststroke 1:00.71 =24 Did not advance
200 m breaststroke 2:11.77 20 Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Alexandra Touretski 50 m freestyle 25.66 41 Did not advance
Maria Ugolkova 100 m freestyle 54.85 23 Did not advance
200 m individual medley 2:13.77 19 Did not advance
Martina van Berkel 200 m backstroke 2:13.46 24 Did not advance
200 m butterfly 2:08.00 NR 11 Q 2:07.90 NR 12 Did not advance
400 m individual medley 4:45.12 24 N/A Did not advance
Danielle Villars 100 m butterfly 59.45 =27 Did not advance
Noémi Girardet
Alexandra Touretski
Maria Ugolkova
Danielle Villars
4 × 100 m freestyle relay 3:41.02 NR 14 N/A Did not advance

Synchronized swimming[edit]

Switzerland has fielded a squad of two synchronized swimmers to compete only in the women's duet by virtue of their eighth-place finish at the FINA Olympic test event in Rio de Janeiro.[48][51]

Athlete Event Technical routine Free routine (preliminary) Free routine (final)
Points Rank Points Total (technical + free) Rank Points Total (technical + free) Rank
Sophie Giger
Sascia Kraus
Duet 83.3366 13 83.5667 166.9033 14 Did not advance

Tennis[edit]

Switzerland has entered two women tennis players into the Olympic tournament. Double Olympic medalist and four-time Olympian Roger Federer (world no. 2) and his doubles partner Stan Wawrinka (world no. 5) qualified directly for the men's singles as two of the top 56 eligible players in the ATP World Rankings, while Timea Bacsinszky (world no. 10) and Belinda Bencic (world no. 8) did so for the women's singles based on their WTA World Rankings as of 6 June 2016.

Having been directly entered to the singles, Bacsinszky also opted to compete in the women's doubles, along with her rookie partner Viktorija Golubic (as the latter would be on her first Olympic appearance), while Bencic paired up with returning Olympian Martina Hingis from her 20-year absence in the same tournament by virtue of the latter's top-10 WTA ranking.[52][53]

On July 26, 2016, Federer withdrew from the Games due to his knee injury problems sustained from the Madrid Open, leaving Wawrinka as the lone male player. The following day, Bencic joined him as one of the tennis players to be pulled out from the Games, citing a wrist injury sustained from the Wimbledon Championships.[54][55] Therefore, Bacsinszky replaced Bencic in the women's doubles with Hingis, and her partnering with Golubic was undone.[52] Wawrinka was the last player to withdraw from the Games due to a back injury, leaving Switzerland with only females in the tennis team for the first time.[56][57]

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
Timea Bacsinszky Women's singles  Zhang S (CHN)
L 7–6(7–4), 4–6, 6–7(7–9)
Did not advance
Timea Bacsinszky
Martina Hingis
Women's doubles N/A  Gavrilova /
Stosur (AUS)
W 6–4, 4–6, 6–2
 Mattek-Sands /
Vandeweghe (USA)
W 6–4, 6–4
 Chan H-c /
Chan Y-j (TPE)
W 6–3, 6–0
 Hlaváčková /
Hradecká (CZE)
W 5–7, 7–6(7–3), 6–2
 Makarova /
Vesnina (RUS)
L 4–6, 4–6
2nd, silver medalist(s)

Triathlon[edit]

Switzerland has qualified a total of four triathletes for the following events at the Olympics. London 2012 champion Nicola Spirig had her sights set to an Olympic title defense in the women's triathlon with a gold medal triumph at the 2015 European Games.[58] Meanwhile, three-time Olympian Sven Riederer, Andrea Salvisberg, and Jolanda Annen were ranked among the top 40 eligible triathletes each in the men's and women's event, respectively, based on the ITU Olympic Qualification List as of May 15, 2016.[19]

Athlete Event Swim (1.5 km) Trans 1 Bike (40 km) Trans 2 Run (10 km) Total Time Rank
Sven Riederer Men's 17:48 0:49 56:03 0:35 33:00 1:48:15 19
Andrea Salvisberg 17:28 0:26 55:04 0:38 34:00 1:47:56 16
Jolanda Annen Women's 19:19 0:51 1:01:20 0:40 37:32 1:59:42 14
Nicola Spirig 19:12 0:54 1:01:22 0:38 34:50 1:56:56 2nd, silver medalist(s)

Volleyball[edit]

Beach[edit]

Two Swiss women's beach volleyball teams qualified directly for the Olympics by virtue of their nation's top 15 placement in the FIVB Olympic Rankings as of June 13, 2016.[59] These places were awarded to rookies Isabelle Forrer and Anouk Vergé-Dépré, as well as London 2012 Olympian Nadine Zumkehr and her rookie partner Joana Heidrich.[60]

Athlete Event Preliminary round Standing Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Isabelle Forrer
Anouk Vergé-Dépré
Women's Pool C
 Wang FYue Y (CHN)
L 1 – 2 (22–24, 21–18, 12–15)
 ArtachoLaird (AUS)
W 2 – 1 (19–21, 21–16, 21–19)
 RossWalsh Jennings (USA)
L 1 – 2 (13–21, 24–22, 12–15)
3 Q  Ludwig
Walkenhorst (GER)
L 0 – 2 (19–21, 10–21)
Did not advance
Joana Heidrich
Nadine Zumkehr
Pool E
 BorgerBüthe (GER)
W 2 – 0 (21–12, 21–16)
 BansleyPavan (CAN)
L 0 – 2 (18–21, 18–21)
 van Gestelvan der Vlist (NED)
W 2 – 1 (17–21, 21–11, 15–8)
2 Q  Meppelink
van Iersel (NED)
W 2 – 0 (19–21, 21–13, 15–10)
 Larissa
Talita (BRA)
L 1 – 2 (23–21, 25–27, 13–15)
Did not advance

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