Zimbabwe at the 2020 Summer Olympics

Zimbabwe at the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo

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Zimbabwe at the
2020 Summer Olympics
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg
NOCZimbabwe Olympic Committee
in Tokyo, Japan
Competitors5 in 4 sports
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
 Rhodesia (1928–1964)

Zimbabwe 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] It will be the nation's tenth consecutive appearance at the Summer Olympics as an independent nation under the name Zimbabwe, after appearing as Southern Rhodesia and Rhodesia in the colonial era.


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

Sport Men Women Total
Athletics 1 0 1
Golf 1 0 1
Rowing 1 0 1
Swimming 1 1 2
Total 4 1 5


Zimbabwe received a universality slot from the World Athletics to send a male athlete to the Olympics.[2]

  • 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 Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Ngonidzashe Makusha Men's 100 m


Zimbabwe entered one golfer for the first time into the Olympic tournament. Scott Vincent (world no. 239) qualified directly among the top 60 eligible players for the men's event based on the IGF World Rankings.[3]

Athlete Event Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Total
Score Score Score Score Score Par Rank
Scott Vincent Men's


Zimbabwe qualified one boat in the men's single sculls for the Games by winning the silver medal and securing the second of five berths available at the 2019 FISA African Olympic Qualification Regatta in Tunis, Tunisia.[4]

Athlete Event Heats Repechage Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Peter Purcell-Gilpin Men's single sculls 7:10.65 4 R 7:35.16 1 QF

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


Zimbabwe received a universality invitation from FINA to send two top-ranked swimmers (one per gender) in their respective individual events to the Olympics, based on the FINA Points System of June 28, 2021.[5]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Peter Wetzlar Men's 100 m freestyle
Donata Katai Women's 100 m backstroke

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. ^ "Road to Olympic Games 2020". World Athletics. Retrieved 11 June 2021.
  3. ^ "Four Americans headed to Tokyo as Olympic qualifying wraps after U.S. Open". Golf Channel. 21 June 2021. Retrieved 6 July 2021.
  4. ^ "Africa goes for Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic qualification". International Rowing Federation. 16 October 2019. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  5. ^ "Tokyo Olympics Entry Lists Released, Swimming Begins July 24". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 16 July 2021.

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