Samoa at the 2016 Summer Olympics

Samoa at the
2016 Summer Olympics
IOC code SAM
NOC Samoa Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee Inc.
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors 8 in 5 sports
Flag bearer Mary Opeloge[1]
Gold Silver Bronze Total
0 0 0 0
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Samoa competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. This was the nation's ninth consecutive appearance at the Summer Olympic Games, although it had previously competed in four editions under the name Western Samoa.

Samoa Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee Inc. (SASNOC) sent the nation's second-largest delegation to the Games, tying its record for the most number of athletes with Los Angeles 1984 and London 2012. A total of eight athletes, five men and three women, were selected to the Samoan squad across five different sports; all of them made their Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro.[2] Among the sports represented by the athletes, Samoa marked its Olympic debut in swimming.

Four Samoan athletes were born and raised in the United States and New Zealand, having acquired a dual citizenship to compete for their parents' homeland at the Games. Among them were New Zealand-born flatwater kayaker Anne Cairns, discus thrower Alex Rose, sprinter Jeremy Dodson, and 18-year-old freestyle swimmer Brandon Schuster.[3] Meanwhile, weightlifter and Commonwealth Games champion Mary Opeloge (women's 75 kg) continued the tradition of her family in carrying the Samoan flag at the opening ceremony, with her older sister Ele having had the honor in 2008 and 2012.[4] Samoa, however, has yet to win its first ever Olympic medal.


Samoan 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
  • NM = No mark
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Jeremy Dodson 200 m 20.51 5 Did not advance
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Alex Rose Discus throw 57.24 29 Did not advance



Samoan canoeists have qualified one boat in each of the following events through the 2016 Oceania Championships.[7]

Athlete Event Heats Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Anne Cairns Women's K-1 200 m 43.652 7 Did not advance
Women's K-1 500 m 2:01.885 7 Did not advance

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


Samoa has qualified one judoka for the men's heavyweight category (+100 kg) at the Games. Derek Sua earned a continental quota spot from the Oceania region, as the highest-ranked Samoan judoka outside of direct qualifying position in the IJF World Ranking List of May 30, 2016.[8]

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Derek Sua Men's +100 kg  Tangriev (UZB)
L 000–100
Did not advance


Samoa has received a Universality invitation from FINA to send two swimmers (one male and one female) to the Olympics, signifying the nation's debut in the sport.[9][10][11]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Brandon Schuster Men's 200 m freestyle 1:57:72 46 Did not advance
Evelina Afoa Women's 100 m backstroke 1:08.74 32 Did not advance


Samoa has qualified one male and one female weightlifter for the Rio Olympics by virtue of a top five national finish (for men) and top four (for women), respectively, at the 2016 Oceania Championships.[12] The team must allocate these places to individual athletes by June 20, 2016.

Athlete Event Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank
Vaipava Nevo Ioane Men's −62 kg 120 =10 161 =6 281 8
Mary Opeloge Women's −75 kg 100 9 118 11 218 11


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  2. Keresoma, Lagi (28 July 2016). "Samoa's Olympic team warned to stay within secure boundaries". Talamua. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  3. McKay, Christine (29 March 2016). "Dannevirke: Paddler works hard at Olympic dream". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  4. Fanene, Deidre (6 August 2016). "Proud family tradition". Samoa Observer. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
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  7. Etchells, Daniel (14 February 2016). "Australian duo dedicate victory at Oceania Canoe Sprint Championships to victim of boating accident". Inside the Games. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  8. "IJF Officially Announces Qualified Athletes for Rio 2016 Olympic Games". International Judo Federation. 23 June 2016. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  9. "Swimming World Rankings". FINA. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  10. "Men's Final Entry List" (PDF). FINA. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  11. "Women's Final Entry List" (PDF). FINA. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  12. "Oceania event concluded in Fiji". International Weightlifting Federation. 28 May 2016. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
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