Sierra Leone at the Olympics

The small Western African nation of Sierra Leone has participated in the Summer Olympic Games since 1968, except for the 1972 and 1976 editions of the Olympics. The nation failed to send a delegation in 1972 and sided with African countries that boycotted the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympic Games.

In 2012, the Sierra Leone sent two athletes in the London Summer Olympics that competed in the track and field. Ibrahim Turay and Ola Sesay saw action in men’s 200 meters run and women’s long jump respectively, but failed to progress to the next round. The two athletes were also named as the flag bearers of the nation.

Sierra Leone’s appearance in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics was its 11th. The nation sent four athletes in the Rio Games that competed in swimming and athletics. The nation’s best performer was Hafsatu Kamara in the women’s 100 meters run who advance in the quarterfinal. However, Kamara finished only 8th. All of the other athletes failed to advance to the next round.


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