Mozambique at the 2016 Summer Olympics

Mozambique at the
2016 Summer Olympics
IOC code MOZ
NOC Comité Olímpico Nacional de Moçambique
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors 6 in 4 sports
Flag bearer Joaquim Lobo[1]
Gold Silver Bronze Total
0 0 0 0
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Mozambique competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. This was the nation's tenth consecutive appearance at the Summer Olympics.

The Mozambique National Olympic Committee (Portuguese: Comité Olímpico Nacional de Moçambique) sent a team of six athletes, five men and one woman, to compete in four different sports at the Games.[2] Among the sports represented by the athletes, Mozambique marked its Olympic debut in flatwater canoeing.

Majority of the Mozambican roster made their Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro, except for hurdler Kurt Couto, who attended his fourth straight Games as the most experienced competitor. Other notable athletes also featured Dutch-born butterfly swimmer and 2014 Youth Olympian Jannah Sonnenschein, the lone female of the team, and the canoeing tandem of Mussa Chamaune and Joaquim Lobo, who acted as the nation's flag bearer in the opening ceremony.[1]

Mozambique, however, failed to win a single Olympic medal since the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, where middle-distance runner Maria Mutola became the nation's first ever champion in the women's 800 metres.

Athletics (track and field)

Mozambican 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
Kurt Couto Men's 400 m hurdles 49.74 SB 6 Did not advance



Mozambique has qualified one boat for the men's C-2 1000 m into the Olympic canoeing regatta through the 2016 African Sprint Qualifying Tournament, signifying the nation's Olympic debut in the sport.

Athlete Event Heats Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Mussa Chamaune Men's C-1 1000 m 5:00.454 7 Q 5:07.281 8 Did not advance
Joaquim Lobo Men's C-1 200 m 44.949 6 Did not advance
Mussa Chamaune
Joaquim Lobo
Men's C-2 1000 m 4:14.002 5 Q 4:23.965 4 FB 4:38.732 11

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


Mozambique has qualified one judoka for the men's half-middleweight category (81 kg) at the Games. Marlon Acácio earned a continental quota spot from the African region as Mozambique's top-ranked judoka outside of direct qualifying position in the IJF World Ranking List of May 30, 2016.[5][6]

Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Marlon Acácio Men's −81 kg Bye  Penalber (BRA)
L 000–100
Did not advance


Mozambique has received a Universality invitation from FINA to send two swimmers (one male and one female) to the Olympics.[7][8][9]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Igor Mogne Men's 100 m freestyle 50.65 45 Did not advance
Jannah Sonnenschein Women's 100 m butterly 1:04.21 39 Did not advance


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