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Marshall Islands at the Olympic Games

Flag of the Marshall Islands
IOC code  MHL
NOC Marshall Islands National Olympic Committee
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At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing
Competitors 5 in 3 sports
Flag bearer Waylon Muller
Medals Gold
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Silver
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Bronze
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Total
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Olympic history (summary)
Summer Games
2008

The Marshall Islands gained International Olympic Committee recognition in 2007, and sent a team to compete in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, for their first ever appearance.

Athletes representing the Marshall Islands participated in four different events. Anju Jason was the first Marshallese athlete ever to qualify for the Olympic Games. He represented his country in Taekwondo.[1] Jared Heine is a swimmer and competed in the 100 meter backstroke. In Athletics, the nation was represented by Roman Cress who ran in the Men's 100 metres.[2] Haley Nemra also represented the Marshall Islands running in the Women's 800 metres. Nemra, whose father is a native Marshallese, is a University of San Francisco student who has never been to the country.[3]

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History

Marshall Islands is a Micronesian island nation, located in the western Pacific Ocean midway between Hawaii and Australia. The island has a population of approximately 60,000. The island nation was controlled by the United States, and prior to that by Japan and Germany at different times in its history, until gaining its sovereignty. In 1979, the Government of the Marshall Islands was officially established and the country became self-governing. In 1986 the Compact of Free Association with the United States entered into force, granting the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) its sovereignty. The island nation is made up of twenty-nine atolls and five single islands.[4][5]

The Marshall Islands created its National Olympic Committee in 2001, and gained International Olympic Committee recognition in 2007 during the IOC's on February 12, 2007.[4] The admittance of Marshall Islands, along with Montenegro (who participated as Serbia and Montenegro at the 2004 Summer Olympics) and Tuvalu brings the total number of nations competing in the 2008 Olympics to 205.[6]

Athletics pictogram.svg Athletics (Track & Field)

Marshall Islands National Olympic Committee (NOC)official logo.
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Men

Athlete Events Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Roman William Cress 100 m 11.18 72 Did not advance

Women

Athlete Events Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Haley Nemra 800 m 2:18.83 38 Did not advance

Swimming pictogram.svgSwimming

Athlete Events Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Jared J Heine Men's 100 m backstroke 58.86 42 Did not advance
Julianne Kirchner Women's 50 m freestyle 30.42 75 Did not advance

Taekwondo pictogram.svg Taekwondo

Men

Athlete Event Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage
Quarterfinals
Repechage
Semifinals
Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Anju Jason −80 kg  Aaron Cook (GBR)
L 7-0
Did not advance

References

  1. http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/beijing/athletes?country_codes=MHL

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