Nicaragua at the 2016 Summer Olympics

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Nicaragua at the
2016 Summer Olympics
Flag of Nicaragua.svg
IOC code NCA
NOC Comité Olímpico Nicaragüense
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors 5 in 4 sports
Flag bearer Rafael Lacayo[1]
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Nicaragua competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. This was the nation's thirteenth appearance at the Summer Olympics, with the exception of the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul because of its partial support to the North Korean boycott.

Nicaragua Olympic Committee (Spanish: Comité Olímpico Nicaragüense) sent the nation's smallest delegation to the Games since 2004. A total of five athletes, three men and two women, were selected to the Nicaraguan team across four different sports.[2] Majority of Nicaraguan athletes made their Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro, except for butterfly swimmer Dalia Torrez Zamora, who attended her third Games as the oldest (aged 26) and most experienced competitor. Meanwhile, air pistol shooter Rafael Lacayo, the youngest of the team (aged 17), led the delegation as the nation's flag bearer in the opening ceremony.[1] Nicaragua, however, has yet to win its first ever Olympic medal.


Nicaraguan 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

Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Erick Rodríguez Men's 1500 m 4:00.30 15 Did not advance


Nicaragua has received an invitation from the Tripartite Commission to send a men's pistol shooter to the Olympics.[5][6]

Athlete Event Qualification Final
Points Rank Points Rank
Rafael Lacayo Men's 10 m air pistol 569 39 Did not advance

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


Nicaragua has received a Universality invitation from FINA to send two swimmers (one male and one female) to the Olympics.[7][8]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Miguel Mena Men's 100 m freestyle 53.40 55 Did not advance
Dalia Torrez Zamora Women's 100 m butterfly 1:05.81 39 Did not advance


Nicaragua has received an invitation from the Tripartite Commission to send Scarleth Mercado in the women's featherweight category (53 kg) to the Olympics.[9][10]

Athlete Event Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank
Scarleth Mercado Women's −53 kg 66 11 89 10 155 10

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Rafael Lacayo y Gabriel Cuadra Holmann abanderados para Rio 2016" [Rafael Lacayo and Gabriel Cuadro Holmann are the flag bearers for Rio 2016] (in Spanish). Hoy. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Río 2016: Delegación nicaragüense se reduce a cinco atletas" [Rio 2016: Nicaraguan delegation reduces to five athletes] (in Spanish). Xinhua. 28 July 2016. Retrieved 26 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. ^ "Quota Places by Nation and Number". ISSF. 30 May 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  6. ^ García, Flavio (28 May 2016). "Tiro deportivo se suma a delegación nica para Río 2016" [Sport shooter joins the Nicaraguan delegation for Rio 2016] (in Spanish). Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Swimming World Rankings". FINA. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Rio 2016 – FINA Swimming Qualification System" (PDF). Rio 2016. FINA. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  9. ^ Montealto, Carlos (9 July 2016). "Nicaragua a los Juegos Olímpicos con seis atletas" [Nicaragua will send six athletes to the Olympics] (in Spanish). Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Rio 2016 Weightlifting – List of Athletes by Bodyweight Category" (pdf). International Weightlifting Federation. Retrieved 21 July 2016.

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