Iceland at the
2016 Summer Olympics
IOC codeISL
NOCNational Olympic and Sports Association of Iceland
Websitewww.isi.is (in Icelandic)
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors8 in 4 sports
Flag bearerÞormóður Jónsson[1]
Medals
Gold
0
Silver
0
Bronze
0
Total
0
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Iceland competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. Since the nation's official debut in 1912, Icelandic athletes have appeared in every edition of the Summer Olympic Games, except for four occasions as a result of the worldwide Great Depression (1920 to 1932).

Due to the absence of the men's handball team, the National Olympic and Sports Association of Iceland sent the nation's smallest delegation to the Games for the first time since the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. A total of eight athletes, three men and five women, were selected to the Icelandic team, competing only in athletics, judo, swimming, and artistic gymnastics. Attending his third straight Olympics, heavyweight judoka Þormóður Jónsson had been chosen by the committee to carry the Icelandic flag in the opening ceremony.[1][2] Along with Jónsson, four other athletes also returned for their second Olympic appearance, including javelin thrower Ásdís Hjálmsdóttir, top 12 finalist from London 2012, and swimmers Anton Sveinn McKee, Eygló Ósk Gústafsdóttir, and Hrafnhildur Lúthersdóttir.[3]

Iceland, however, failed to win a single Olympic medal, since the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, where the men's handball squad took the silver in a final match against France. Swimmers Lúthersdóttir (women's 100 m breaststroke) and Gústafsdóttir (women's 200 m backstroke) were the only Icelandic athletes progressing further to the final round for the first time since Örn Arnarson (men's 200 m backstroke) did so in 2000, but both of them finished off the podium.[4]

Athletics

Main article: Athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympics

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

Key
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Aníta Hinriksdóttir Women's 800 m 2:00.14 NR 6 Did not advance
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Guðni Valur Guðnason Men's discus throw 60.45 21 Did not advance
Ásdís Hjálmsdóttir Women's javelin throw 54.92 30 Did not advance

Gymnastics

Main article: Gymnastics at the 2016 Summer Olympics

Artistic

Iceland has entered one artistic gymnast into the Olympic competition, signifying the nation's sporting comeback after a 12-year hiatus. Russian-born Irina Sazonova became the first Icelandic female to book an Olympic spot in the apparatus and all-around events at the Olympic Test Event in Rio de Janeiro.[7]

Women
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Apparatus Total Rank Apparatus Total Rank
V UB BB F V UB BB F
Irina Sazonova All-around 13.800 13.500 12.900 13.000 53.200 40 Did not advance

Judo

Main article: Judo at the 2016 Summer Olympics

Iceland has qualified one judoka for the men's heavyweight category (+100 kg) at the Games. Þormóður Jónsson earned a continental quota spot from the European region, as the highest-ranked Icelandic 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
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Þormóður Jónsson Men's +100 kg  Sarnacki (POL)
L 000–100
Did not advance

Swimming

Main article: Swimming at the 2016 Summer Olympics

Icelandic swimmers have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following events (up to a maximum of 2 swimmers in each event at the Olympic Qualifying Time (OQT), and potentially 1 at the Olympic Selection Time (OST)):[9][10]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Anton Sveinn McKee Men's 100 m breaststroke 1:01.84 35 Did not advance
Men's 200 m breaststroke 2:11.39 18 Did not advance
Eygló Ósk Gústafsdóttir Women's 100 m backstroke 1:00.89 16 Q 1:00.65 14 Did not advance
Women's 200 m backstroke 2:09.62 12 Q 2:08.84 NR =7 Q 2:09.44 8
Hrafnhildur Lúthersdóttir Women's 100 m breaststroke 1:06.81 9 Q 1:06.71 7 Q 1:07.18 6
Women's 200 m breaststroke 2:24.43 10 Q 2:24.41 11 Did not advance

References

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  2. ^ "Þormóður fánaberi á setningarhátíðinni" [Thormodur is the flag bearer at the opening ceremony] (in Icelandic). RÚV. 4 August 2016. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Hrafnhildur mætti fyrst íslensku keppendanna" [Hrafnhildur could be Iceland's first ever finalist] (in Icelandic). DV. 2 August 2016. Archived from the original on 7 September 2016. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  4. ^ Hafstad, Vala (12 August 2016). "Another Icelandic Swimmer Qualifies for Olympic Finals". Iceland Review. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  5. ^ "iaaf.org – 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. ^ "Rio 2016 Olympic qualifiers in Women's Artistic Gymnastics: See the updated list!". FIG. 17 April 2016. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  8. ^ "IJF Officially Announces Qualified Athletes for Rio 2016 Olympic Games". International Judo Federation. 23 June 2016. Archived from the original on 7 July 2016. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Swimming World Rankings". FINA. Archived from the original on 6 January 2011. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  10. ^ "Rio 2016 – FINA Swimming Qualification System" (PDF). Rio 2016. FINA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 February 2015. Retrieved 23 January 2015.