Malta at the Olympics

Malta has been competing in the Olympics as early as 1928 but they are one of those countries that have missed quite a few Olympiads so they tend to have a hard time winning an Olympic medal.

Malta was first seen in the Summer Games in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 1928 with a nine-athlete delegation who were all for one sport. Their national water polo team did manage to win against Luxembourg (3-1) in the round 16 which pushed them to the quarter finals where they got crushed by France (0-16).

After that, Malta missed the 1932 Summer Games in Los Angeles, California, USA then came back in 1936. They were again unable to participate in the 1952 and 1956 Summer Games.

They came back in 1960 then missed 1964. They will also be absent for the 1976 Summer Games in Montreal, Canada but that would be the last time they miss the Summer Games. From that point on, they have consistently been sending teams to the Olympics.

One of the smallest nations in the world, the Mediterranean nation is still seeking to win its first medal in both the Summer and Winter Games. Of all of the Maltese Olympians, the one who has come closest to winning a medal is shooter William Chetcuti who only lost in the double trap by a really close margin in three consecutive occasions in 2004, 2008 as well as 2012. In 2004 and 2008, he only lost through a tie breaker.

In 2014 and 2018, Malta also tried their hand in the Winter Olympics with a single athlete.


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