Kiribati at the 2020 Summer Olympics

sporting event delegation

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Kiribati at the
2020 Summer Olympics
Flag of Kiribati.svg
IOC codeKIR
NOCKiribati National Olympic Committee
Websitewww.oceaniasport.com/kiribati
in Tokyo
Competitors3 in 3 sports
Flag bearer Kinaua Biribo
Ruben Katoatau
Medals
Gold
0
Silver
0
Bronze
0
Total
0
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Kiribati is expected to compete at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Originally scheduled to take place from 24 July to 9 August 2020, the Games have been postponed to 23 July to 8 August 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[1] This will be the nation's fifth appearance at the Olympics, since its debut in 2004.[2]

Competitors

Kiribati decided to send only athletes who have been abroad throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, amid fears its competitors might bring the virus back home. The following is the list of number of competitors in the Games. Both are beneficiaries of Australian aid (PacificAus Sports Program and Australian Olympic Committee) and both will be with Australian team in Tokyo: the sprinter is stranded in Gold Coast since Covid pandemic and the judoka is training in Japan since March 2021 (she usually lives in South Tarawa and just participated to world championships in Budapest). The weightlifter is training in Nauru since 2019, place where he learned his qualification.[3]

Sport Men Women Total
Athletics 1 0 1
Judo 0 1 1
Weightlifting 1 0 1
Total 2 1 3

Athletics

Kiribati received universality slots from IAAF to send two athletes (one male and one female) to the Olympics.[4]

Key
  • 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 Preliminary round Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Lataisi Mwea Men's 100 m

Judo

Kiribati entered one female judoka into the Olympic tournament based on the International Judo Federation Olympics Individual Ranking.[5] This marked the nation's Olympic debut in this sport. She will be also the first woman to be the flag bearer of Kiribati, together with Ruben Katoatau, since first participation.

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Kinaua Biribo Women's –70 kg

Weightlifting

Kiribati qualified one male weightlifter for the Tokyo Olympics by virtue of the IWF Absolute Continental Ranking – Oceania where he finished just behind Vaipava Nevo Ioane, a Samoan weightlifter, who withdrew from the 2020 Olympic Games. Katoatau will replace him at 2020 Summer Olympics, in the men's 67 kg category.[6] He succeeds to his older brother David Katoatau as flag bearer.

Athlete Event Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank
Ruben Katoatau Men's −67 kg

References

  1. ^ "Joint Statement from the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee". Olympics. March 24, 2020. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ "Road to Olympic Games 2020". World Athletics. Retrieved June 11, 2021.
  5. ^ International Judo Federation Olympics Ranking
  6. ^ Michael Pavitt (July 1, 2021). "Samoa to send only overseas athletes to Tokyo 2020 due to COVID-19". Inside the Games. Retrieved July 1, 2021.


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