Bolivia at the 2016 Summer Olympics

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Bolivia at the
2016 Summer Olympics
Flag of Bolivia.svg
IOC code BOL
NOC Bolivian Olympic Committee
Website (in Spanish)
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors 12 in 5 sports
Flag bearer Ángela Castro[1]
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Bolivia competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. This was the nation's fourteenth appearance at the Summer Olympics, since its debut in 1936.

Bolivian Olympic Committee (Spanish: Comité Olímpico Boliviano sent the nation's second-largest delegation in history to the Games, falling short of a roster size set in Barcelona 1992 by a single athlete. A total of 12 athletes, six per gender, were selected to the Bolivian team across five different sports; three of them returned for their second appearance, while the rest of the delegation attended the Games for the first time.[2]

Notable Bolivian athletes featured pistol shooter Rudolf Knijnenburg, who staged his comeback in Rio de Janeiro after a twelve-year absence, freestyle swimmer Karen Torrez, and race walkers Claudia Balderrama and Ángela Castro, who was chosen to lead the team as the nation's flag bearer into the opening ceremony.[1] Bolivia, however, has yet to win its first ever Olympic medal.

Athletics (track and field)[edit]

Bolivian athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event):[3][4]

  • 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

Athlete Event Final
Result Rank
Ronald Quispe 50 km walk 4:02:00 30
Marco Antonio Rodríguez 20 km walk 1:25:11 45
Athlete Event Final
Result Rank
Ángela Castro 20 km walk 1:32:54 18
Wendy Cornejo 1:35:17 31
Stefany Coronado 1:37:56 43
Rosemary Quispe Marathon 2:58:32 117



Bolivia has received an invitation from the Tripartite Commission to send a rider competing in the men's road race to the Olympics.[5]

Athlete Event Time Rank
Óscar Soliz Men's road race Did not finish


Bolivia has qualified one judoka for the men's middleweight category (90 kg) at the Games, signifying the nation's Olympic return to the sport for the first time since 2004. Martin Michel earned a continental quota spot from the Pan American region as the Bolivia's top-ranked judoka outside of direct qualifying position in the IJF World Ranking List of May 30, 2016.[6]

Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Martín Michel Men's −90 kg  González (CUB)
L 000–110
Did not advance


Bolivia has received two invitations from the Tripartite Commission to send shooters competing in the men's pistol and women's rifle events to the Olympics.[7][8]

Athlete Event Qualification Final
Points Rank Points Rank
Rudolf Knijnenburg Men's 50 m pistol 522 41 Did not advance
Carina García Women's 10 m air rifle 405.6 44 Did not advance

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


Bolivia has received a Universality invitation from FINA to send two swimmers (one male and one female) to the Olympics.[9][10]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
José Alberto Quintanilla Men's 50 m freestyle 23.35 46 Did not advance
Karen Torrez Women's 50 m freestyle 26.12 46 Did not advance

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Ángela Castro será la abanderada de Bolivia en los Juegos Olímpicos de Río 2016" [Angela Castro will be Bolivia's flag bearer at the 2016 Rio Olympics] (in Spanish). Radio Panamericana. 13 July 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  2. ^ Burgos, Christian (1 August 2016). "Los 12 atletas que representarán a Bolivia en Río 2016" [12 athletes will represent Bolivia in Rio 2016] (in Spanish). Los Tiempos. Retrieved 12 September 2016. 
  3. ^ " – Top Lists". IAAF. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "IAAF Games of the XXX Olympiad – Rio 2016 Entry Standards" (PDF). IAAF. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "Nadador Quintanilla y ciclista Soliz irán a los Juegos Olímpicos Rio 2016" [Swimmer Quintanilla and cyclist Soliz will go to 2016 Rio Olympics] (in Spanish). Página Siete. 7 July 2016. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "IJF Officially Announces Qualified Athletes for Rio 2016 Olympic Games". International Judo Federation. 23 June 2016. Retrieved 24 June 2016. 
  7. ^ "Quota Places by Nation and Number". ISSF. 30 May 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2016. 
  8. ^ "García y Knijnenburg también estarán en los Juegos de Río" [García and Knijnenburg are confirmed to go to Rio] (in Spanish). Página Siete. 12 May 2016. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  9. ^ "Swimming World Rankings". FINA. Archived from the original on 6 January 2011. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "Rio 2016 – FINA Swimming Qualification System" (PDF). Rio 2016. FINA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 February 2015. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 

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