Namibia at the 2020 Summer Olympics

Namibia at the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo

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Namibia at the
2020 Summer Olympics
Flag of Namibia.svg
NOCNamibian National Olympic Committee
in Tokyo, Japan
Competitors11 in 5 sports
Flag bearers (opening)Maike Diekmann
Jonas Junius
Flag bearer (closing)Beatrice Masilingi
Ranked 77th
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Namibia competed at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Originally scheduled to take place from 24 July to 9 August 2020, the Games were postponed to 23 July to 8 August 2021, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.[1] It was the nation's eighth consecutive appearance at the Summer Olympics.


Medal Name Sport Event Date
 Silver Christine Mboma Athletics Women's 200 metres August 3


The following is the list of number of competitors in the Games.

Sport Men Women Total
Athletics 1 3 4
Boxing 1 0 1
Cycling 2 2 4
Rowing 0 1 1
Swimming 1 0 1
Total 5 6 11


Namibian athletes achieved the entry standards, either by qualifying time or by world ranking, in the following track and field events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event):[2][3]

  • 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
Tomas Hilifa Rainhold Men's marathon 2:18:28 42
Helalia Johannes Women's marathon 2:31:22 11
Beatrice Masilingi Women's 200 m 22.63 NR 2 Q 22.40 2 Q 22.28 6
Christine Mboma 22.11 NR 1 Q 21.97 WU20R 2 Q 21.81 WU20R 2nd place, silver medalist(s)


Namibia entered one boxer into the Olympic tournament. Rio 2016 Olympian Jonas Junius scored an outright semifinal victory to secure a spot in the men's lightweight division at the 2020 African Qualification Tournament in Diamniadio, Senegal.[4]

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Jonas Junius Men's lightweight Bye  Garside (AUS)
L 0–5
Did not advance



Namibia entered one rider (Dan Craven) to compete in the men's Olympic road race, by finishing in the top two, not yet qualified, at the 2019 African Championships in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He was replaced by Tristan de Lange after Craven tested positive for Covid-19.[5] An additional spot was awarded to a Namibian cyclist in the women's road race by virtue of a top 100 individual finish in the UCI World Ranking.[6]

Athlete Event Time Rank
Tristan de Lange Men's road race Did not finish
Vera Looser Women's road race Did not finish

Mountain biking

Namibia entered one rider each to compete in both men's and women's cross-country race, respectively, by virtue of their best individual ranking at the 2019 African Championships.

Athlete Event Time Rank
Alex Miller Men's cross-country 1:34:26 31
Michelle Vorster Women's cross-country –3 LAP 36


Namibia qualified one boat in the women's single sculls for the Games by winning the gold medal and securing the first of five berths available at the 2019 FISA African Olympic Qualification Regatta in Tunis, Tunisia, marking the country's debut in the sport.[7][8]

Athlete Event Heats Repechage Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Maike Diekmann Women's single sculls 7:56.37 3 QF Bye 8:21.69 5 SC/D 7:40.77 3 FC 7:52.17 18

Qualification Legend: FA=Final A (medal); FB=Final B (non-medal); FC=Final C (non-medal); FD=Final D (non-medal); FE=Final E (non-medal); FF=Final F (non-medal); SA/B=Semifinals A/B; SC/D=Semifinals C/D; SE/F=Semifinals E/F; QF=Quarterfinals; R=Repechage


Namibia entered one swimmer to compete at the Games for the first time since Sydney 2000. Phillip Seidler finished fourteenth in the men's 10 km open water to secure the remaining slot for Africa at the 2021 FINA Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier in Setúbal, Portugal.[9]

Athlete Event Final
Time Rank
Phillip Seidler Men's 10 km open water 1:53:14.1 16

See also


  1. ^ "Joint Statement from the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee". Olympics. 24 March 2020. Retrieved 28 March 2020.
  2. ^ " – Top Lists". IAAF. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  3. ^ "IAAF Games of the XXXII Olympiad – Tokyo 2020 Entry Standards" (PDF). IAAF. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Boxing Olympic Qualification – Dakar: Day 7 As It Happened". Olympic Channel. 26 February 2020. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  5. ^ Schütz, Helge (19 July 2021). "De Lange replaces Craven in Olympic team". Retrieved 21 July 2021.
  6. ^ "Athletes' quotas for Road Cycling events at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games". UCI. 18 November 2019. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  7. ^ "Africa goes for Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic qualification". International Rowing Federation. 16 October 2019. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  8. ^ "Aviron: les Algériens Boudina et Aït Daoud qualifiés pour les JO-2020" [Rowing: Algerians Boudina and Aït Dad qualified for the 2020 Olympics] (in French). Algeria Press Service. 12 October 2019. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  9. ^ "Phillip Seidler makes historic Olympic qualification for Namibia". FINA. 21 June 2021. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
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