Namibia at the 2016 Summer Olympics

Namibia at the
2016 Summer Olympics
IOC code NAM
NOC Namibian National Olympic Committee
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors 10 in 4 sports
Flag bearer Jonas Junias[1]
Gold Silver Bronze Total
0 0 0 0
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

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

Namibian National Olympic Committee sent a team of 10 athletes, 4 men and 6 women, to compete in track and field, boxing, road cycling, mountain biking, and shooting at the Olympics, matching the nation's roster size with Beijing 2008.[2][3] The Namibian roster featured four returning Olympians; two of them attended their third straight Games, including marathon runner Beata Naigambo and Africa's top-seeded trap shooter Gaby Ahrens. Meanwhile, amateur light welterweight boxer Jonas Junias, the youngest of the team (aged 22), was chosen to be Namibia's flag bearer in the opening ceremony.[1][4]

Namibia, however, failed to win a single Olympic medal since the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, where sprinter Frankie Fredericks collected two silvers each in both the men's 100 and 200 metres.

Athletics (track and field)

Namibian athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event):[5][6]

  • 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
Mynhardt Kawanivi Men's marathon 2:20:45 70
Alina Armas Women's marathon 2:44:20 75
Helalia Johannes 2:39:55 56
Beata Naigambo 2:36:32 41


Namibia has entered two boxers to compete in the following weight classes into the Olympic boxing tournament. Mathias Hamunyela and Jonas Junias had claimed their Olympic spots at the 2016 African Qualification Tournament in Yaoundé, Cameroon.[7]

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Mathias Hamunyela Men's light flyweight  Huseynov (AZE)
W 3–0
 Zhakypov (KAZ)
L 0–3
Did not advance
Jonas Junias Men's light welterweight  Amzile (FRA)
L 0–3
Did not advance



Namibia has qualified one rider in the men's Olympic road race by virtue of his individual ranking among the next two best ranked NOCs at the 2015 African Championships.[8] One female rider has been added to the Namibian squad to compete in the women's Olympic road race by finishing first at the 2016 African Championships.[9]

Athlete Event Time Rank
Dan Craven Men's road race Did not finish
Men's time trial 1:27:47.93 35
Vera Adrian Women's road race Did not finish

Mountain biking

Namibia has qualified one mountain biker in the women's Olympic cross-country race by virtue of her top individual ranking at the 2015 African Championships.

Athlete Event Time Rank
Michelle Vorster Women's cross-country LAP (2 laps) 26


Namibia has qualified one shooter in the women's trap by securing one of the available Olympic berths at the 2015 Africa Continental Championships in Cairo, Egypt.[10]

Athlete Event Qualification Semifinal Final
Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank
Gaby Ahrens Women's trap 66 9 Did not advance

See also


  1. 1 2 "Junias officially named Namibia's Olympic flag bearer". The Namibian. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  2. Mhaka, Justin (12 July 2016). "10 Namibian Athletes Qualify For Rio 2016". TransAfrica Radio. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  3. "Craven first Namibian in action at Olympics". The Namibian. 5 August 2016. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  4. "Junius is Namibia's flag bearer at Rio Olympics". Namibia: New Era. 4 August 2016. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  5. " – Top Lists". IAAF. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  6. "IAAF Games of the XXX Olympiad – Rio 2016 Entry Standards" (PDF). IAAF. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  7. "Weekend's finalists confirmed as first boxers from African Olympic qualification event secure quota places for Rio". AIBA. 18 March 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  8. "UCI announces men's road Olympic quotas". 18 January 2016. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  9. "UCI announce women's road cycling quotas for Rio Olympics". 1 June 2016. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  10. "Quota Places by Nation and Number". ISSF. 30 May 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
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