El Salvador at the 2016 Summer Olympics

El Salvador at the
2016 Summer Olympics
IOC code ESA
NOC El Salvador Olympic Committee
Website www.teamesa.org (Spanish)
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors 8 in 6 sports
Flag bearer Lilian Castro[1]
Gold Silver Bronze Total
0 0 0 0
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

El Salvador competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. This was the nation's eleventh appearance at the Summer Olympics, although it first competed in 1968.

El Salvador Olympic Committee (Spanish: Comité Olímpico de El Salvador) confirmed a team of eight athletes, five men and three women, to compete in six sports at the Games.[2] This was also the youngest delegation in El Salvador's Summer Olympic history, with more than half under the age of 25, and many of them were expected to reach their peak in time for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Majority of El Salvador's athletes made their Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro, with weightlifter Julio Salamanca being the only sportsman to return for his second appearance from London 2012. Other notable Salvadoran athletes featured Enrique Arathoon, the nation's first ever sailor for nearly half a century, and Marcelo Acosta, bronze medalist in long-distance freestyle swimming at the Youth Olympics in Nanjing two years earlier. Air pistol shooter Lilian Castro, the oldest member of the squad (aged 29), acted as El Salvador's flag bearer in the opening ceremony.[1][3]

El Salvador, however, has yet to win its first Olympic medal.

Athletics (track and field)

Salvadoran athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event):[4][5]

  • 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 Final
Result Rank
Luis Menjivar Men's 50 km walk DSQ
Yesenia Miranda Women's 20 km walk DNF


El Salvador has qualified one judoka for the men's half-middleweight category (81 kg) at the Games. Juan Diego Turcios earned a continental quota spot from the Pan American region, as El Salvador's top-ranked judoka outside of direct qualifying position in the IJF World Ranking List of May 30, 2016.[6][7]

Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Juan Diego Turcios Men's −81 kg Bye  Moustopoulos (GRE)
W 100–000
 Tchrikishvili (GEO)
L 000–000 S
Did not advance


El Salvador has qualified a boat in men's Laser class by virtue of a top finish for Central & South America at the 2015 Pan American Games, signifying the nation's Olympic return to the sport for the first time since 1968.[8]

Athlete Event Race Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 M*
Enrique Arathoon Laser 33 32 28 30 4 3 9 32 18 21 EL 177 24

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


El Salvador has qualified one shooter in the women's pistol events by virtue of her best finish at the 2014 American Continental Championships, and other selection competitions, as long as she obtained a minimum qualifying score (MQS) by March 31, 2016.[9][10][11]

Athlete Event Qualification Final
Points Rank Points Rank
Lilian Castro Women's 10 m air pistol 366 44 Did not advance

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


Salvadoran 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)):[12][13][14]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Marcelo Acosta Men's 200 m freestyle 1:51.46 43 Did not advance
Men's 400 m freestyle 3:48.82 22 N/A Did not advance
Men's 1500 m freestyle 15:08.17 22 N/A Did not advance
Rebeca Quinteros Women's 400 m freestyle 4:52.11 32 N/A Did not advance


El Salvador has received an unused quota place from IWF to send a male weightlifter to the Olympics, as a response to the complete ban of the Russian weightlifting team from the Games due to "multiple positive" cases of doping.[15]

Athlete Event Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank
Julio Salamanca Men's −62 kg 120 9 155 9 275 10

See also


  1. 1 2 "Lilian Castro es la abanderada" [Lilian Castro will be the flag bearer] (in Spanish). La Prensa Gráfica. 30 July 2016.
  2. "Team ESA: listo a Río 2016" [Team ESA: Ready for Rio 2016] (in Spanish). El Salvador Olympic Committee. 19 July 2016. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  3. "Lilian Castro abanderada Team ESA para Río" [Lilian Castro will be Team ESA's flag bearer for Rio] (in Spanish). El Salvador Olympic Committee. 30 July 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  4. "iaaf.org – Top Lists". IAAF. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  5. "IAAF Games of the XXX Olympiad – Rio 2016 Entry Standards" (PDF). IAAF. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  6. "IJF Officially Announces Qualified Athletes for Rio 2016 Olympic Games". International Judo Federation. 23 June 2016. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  7. "Diego Turcios con boleto a Río 2016" [Diego Turcios grabs the ticket to Rio 2016] (in Spanish). Diario Co Latino. 3 June 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  8. "Pan American Games serves up four Rio 2016 qualifiers". ISAF. 20 July 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  9. "Quota Places by Nation and Number". www.issf-sports.org/. ISSF. 30 May 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  10. "Lilian Castro se clasificó a los Panamericanos y a los Olímpicos" [Lilian Castro qualifies for the Pan American Games and the Olympics] (in Spanish). EDH Deportes. 13 October 2014. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  11. Sutherland, James (13 July 2016). "Dorian McMenemy, Jhonny Perez Named To Dominican Olympic Team". SwimSwam. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  12. "Swimming World Rankings". FINA. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  13. "Rio 2016 – FINA Swimming Qualification System" (PDF). Rio 2016. FINA. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  14. "El Salvador a Juegos Olímpicos con siete atletas" [El Salvador sends seven athletes to the Games] (in Spanish). Diario Co Latino. 15 July 2016. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  15. "IWF EB decision on Russian participation at the Rio 2016 OG". International Weightlifting Federation. 29 July 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
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