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Belize at the 2016 Summer Olympics

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Belize at the
2016 Summer Olympics
Flag of Belize.svg
IOC code BIZ
NOC Belize Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors 3 in 2 sports
Flag bearer Brandon Jones
Medals
Gold
0
Silver
0
Bronze
0
Total
0
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Belize competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. This was the nation's twelfth appearance at the Olympic Games, although it had previously appeared in two early editions under the name "British Honduras" (1968 in Mexico City, and 1972 in Munich). Belize joined the United States-led boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics hosted in Moscow, Russia. The delegation included two track and field athletes: Brandon Jones and Katy Sealy, as well as judoka Renick James. All three athletes made their Olympic debut. Belize Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association appointed 200 metres sprinter Brandon Jones to carry the nation's flag in the opening ceremony. Belize, however, has yet to win its first Olympic medal.

Background[edit]

Belize participated in twelve Summer Olympics between its debut in the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico, and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[1] The highest number of Belizeans participating at any single Summer Games was 11 in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, United States.[2] No Belizean has ever won a medal at the Olympics. All of the Belizean participants competed at the Games through wildcard slots from the International Association of Athletics Federations and the International Judo Federation.[3] Brandon Jones was chosen to be Belize's flag bearer during the parade of nations of the opening ceremony and the closing ceremony.[4][5]

Athletics (track and field)[edit]

Belize received a universality invitation from the IAAF to send two athletes (one male and one female) to the Olympics.[6][3] This marked both Brandon Jones's and Katy Sealy's Olympic debuts. Jones participated in the men's 200 metres and Sealy in the women's 100 metres hurdles. Brandon Jones finished 8th in his heat with a time of 21.49 seconds, achieving his season's best but failing to qualify for the semifinals.[7] Katy Sealy participated in the women's 100 metres hurdles and came 7th in her heat with a time of 15.79 seconds. The runner behind her, Mulern Jean, was disqualified due to violating rule 168.7b which states that a competitor must not "deliberately [knock] down any hurdle."[8][9]

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
Brandon Jones Men's 200 m 21.49 SB 8 Did not advance
Katy Sealy Women's 100 m hurdles 15.79 7 Did not advance

Judo[edit]

Belize received a universality invitation from the Tripartite Commission to send a judoka competing in the men's middleweight category (90 kg) to the Olympics.[6][3] This was Renick James's Olympic debut. He participated in the men's 90 kilograms event. Only six judokas participated in the round of 64, and James was not one of them. He lost 100-000 in the round of 32 against Ovini Uera of Nauru. Uera went on to lose his next bout against Varlam Liparteliani of Georgia. Liparteliani also went on to win a silver medal.[10]

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
Renick James Men's −90 kg Bye  Uera (NRU)
L 000–100
Did not advance

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mallon, Bill; Heijmans, Jeroen (11 August 2011). Historical Dictionary of the Olympic Movement (4th ed.). Scarecrow Press. p. 52. ISBN 9780810875227. 
  2. ^ "Olympic History of Belize". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 13 May 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c "Belizean athletes representing at Rio Olympics 2016". The San Pedro Sun. 12 August 2016. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  4. ^ "The Flagbearers for the Rio 2016 Closing Ceremony" (PDF). International Olympic Committee. 21 August 2016. Retrieved 13 May 2017. 
  5. ^ "The Flagbearers for the Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony" (PDF). International Olympic Committee. 5 August 2016. Retrieved 13 May 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "Off to The Olympics". 7newsbelize.com. 7 News. 28 July 2016. Retrieved 13 May 2017. 
  7. ^ "IAAF: 200 Metres Result". iaaf.org. Retrieved 19 May 2017. 
  8. ^ "IAAF: 100 Metres Hurdles Result". iaaf.org. Retrieved 19 May 2017. 
  9. ^ "IAAF: Rules & Regulations". iaaf.org. Retrieved 19 May 2017. 
  10. ^ "Rio 2016 Judo - Men -90 kg". International Olympic Committee. 21 August 2016. Archived from the original on 26 August 2016. Retrieved 19 May 2017. 

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