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First Olympic Medal Winners from Each Country

Over 200 countries have won at least one medal at the Summer Olympics. We have compiled a list of the first medal winners (male or female) from each country (see also our list of the first gold medal winners from each country). Only nations currently part of the IOC have been included.

For some countries, there were numerous medallists at the same Olympiad, and in these cases, we have looked closely at the events and dates and tried to determine which of the athletes won their medal first (sometimes we list both, sometimes we guess, sometimes we might get it wrong).

List of First Medalists for Each Country

Country Year of medal medal type Notes
Afghanistan 2008 bronze Rohullah Nikpai took the bronze in Taekwondo (58 kgs.). In 2012, Nikpai again won the bronze for the same sport.
Algeria 1984 bronze Mustapha Moussa won bronze in the Men's Light Heavyweight boxing event. Another Algerian Mohamed Zaoui also won bronze medals in Men's Light Heavyweight on the same day.
Argentina 1924 silver Luis Brunetto finished second in the men's tripple jump. On the same day the Argentinian team won gold in the men's polo tournament
Armenia 1996 gold Armen Nazaryan won the men's flyweight Greco-Roman wrestling
Australia 1896 gold Athletics 1500m for men, won by Teddy Flack
Austria 1896 silver Otto Herschmann was second in the 100 m Freestyle on April 11. Shortly after, Paul Neumann won the 500m Freestyle event, and later that day Adolf Schmal won two bronze medals in track cycling.
Azerbaijan 1996 silver Namik Abdullayev Wrestling Men's freestyle 52 kg
Bahamas 1956 bronze Sloane Farrington and Durward Knowles finished third in the Sailing Star Class
Bahrain 2012 gold Athletics 1,500m, Women, Maryam Jamal
Barbados  2000 bronze Obadele Thompson finished 3rd in the men's 100m sprint in 2000. Earlier, at the 1960 Olympics, two Barbados athletes competed as part of the combined West Indies team, with Jim Wedderburn winning bronze as part of the men's 4×400 metre relay.
Belarus 1996 bronze Many medals were won by Belarus athletes at the 1996 Games. The earliest was on July 21, when three greco-roman wrestlers won medals, all at the same afternoon session. The first may have been Valery Tsilent (as he particpated in the bronze medal match) finishing 3rd in the men's Greco-Roman 82 kg clas. It may also have been Aleksandr Pavlov as he was participating in the lighter 48 kg class, finishing 2nd. Sergey Lishtvan also finished 2nd in the 100 kg class.
Belgium 1900 gold The first of many medals at the 1900 Games for Belgium was a gold to Aimé Haegeman in the Individual Equestrian Jumping event. Georges Van Der Poele also came second in the same event.
Bermuda 2021 gold Triathlete Flora Duffy won the women's triathlon at Tokyo 2020
Botswana 2012 silver Nijel Amos, Athletics, 800 metres, Men
Brazil 1920 bronze The Brazil team finished 3rd in the Men's 50 metre team pistol. Later in the day, Afrânio da Costa (who was part of the team) won silver in the individual Men's 50m free pistol.
Bulgaria 1952 bronze Boris Nikolov, in Boxing Men's Middleweight
Burkina Faso 2020 bronze Hugues Zango, Athletics, Triple Jump, Men
Burundi 1996 gold Athletics 5,000m, Men, Vénuste Niyongabo
Cameroon 1968 silver Joseph Bessala, Boxing Welterweight
Canada 1900 gold 2500m Steeplechase, George Orton. The next day he also win bronze in the 4000m steeplechase.
Chile 1928 silver Manuel Plaza, Men's Marathon
China 1984 gold Shooting Free Pistol, 50 meters, Men, Xu Haifeng. China won 32 medals at the 1984 Olympics, though the first medal of the Games went to Xu Haifeng.
Chinese Taipei 1960 silver Yang Chuan-kwang — athletics, men's decathlon
Colombia 1972 silver Helmut Bellingrodt — Shooting, Men's Running Game Target
Costa Rica 1988 silver Silvia Poll Swimming Women's 200 metre freestyle
Croatia 1992 bronze Goran Ivanišević & Goran Prpić, Men's doubles Tennis
Cuba 1900 gold Fencing Épée, Individual, Men, Ramón Fonst
Cyprus 2012 silver Pavlos Kontides, Sailing, One Person Dinghy, Men
Czechia 1996 bronze Miroslav Januš Shooting Men's 10 m running target July 26
Denmark 1896 gold Viggo Jensen won a gold medal in the weightlifting two-hand lift. Soon after, he also won silver in the men's one-hand lift competition.
Djibouti  1988 bronze Ahmed Salah, Athletics, Marathon, Men
Dominican Republic 1984 bronze Pedro Nolasco, Boxing Men's bantamweight
Ecuador 1996 gold Athletics men's 20 km walk, Jefferson Pérez
Egypt 1928 gold Weightlifting Light-Heavyweight, Men, El Sayed Nosseir
Eritrea  2004 bronze Zersenay Tadese, Athletics, 10,000 metres, Men
Estonia 1920 silver Jüri Lossmann Athletics Men's Marathon
Ethiopia 1960 gold The men's marathon was won by Abebe Bikila
Fiji 2016 gold Rugby Sevens, Men, Fiji
Finland 1908 bronze The men's gymnastics team finished 3rd. There were 26 athletes in the team.
France 1896 silver Alexandre Tuffère, Men's triple jump
Gabon 2012 silver Anthony Obame, Taekwondo, Heavyweight, Men
Georgia 1996 bronze Soso Liparteliani Judo Men's -78
Germany 1896 gold Germany won the men's team parallel bars competition, the first of many medals for Germany in gymnastics.
Ghana 1960 silver Ike Quartey, Boxing, Light-Welterweight, Men
Great Britain 1896 gold Launceston Elliot won gold in the weightlifting One-Hand Lift. This is belived to the first medal for GB. The one hand lift was the first weight lifting event of the day. Charles Gmelin came 3rd in the 400m sprint the same day, but that event was held during the afternoon session (after 2.30pm)
Greece 1896 bronze Ioannis Persakis Athletics Men's triple jump
Grenada 2012 gold Athletics 400 metres, Men, Kirani James
Guatemala 2012 silver Érick Barrondo, Athletics, 20 kilometres Race Walk, Men
Guyana  1980 bronze Michael Parris, Boxing, Bantamweight, Men
Haiti 1928 silver Sylvio Cator, Athletics, Long Jump, Men
Hong Kong 1996 gold Sailing Windsurfer, Women, Lee Lai Shan
Hungary 1896 silver Nándor Dáni Athletics Men's 800 metres
Iceland 1956 silver Vilhjálmur Einarsson, Athletics, Triple Jump, Men
India 1900 silver Norman Pritchard, Men's 200m hurdles. A few days later he also won silver in the 200m sprint.
Indonesia 1988 silver The women's archery team from Indonesia finished 2nd: Lilies Handayani, Nurfitriyana Saiman and Kusuma Wardhani.
IOA 1992 silver Jasna Šekarić, Shooting, Air Pistol, 10 metres, Women
Iran 1958 bronze Jafar Salmasi Weightlifting Men's 60 kg
Iraq 1960 bronze Abdul Wahid Aziz, Weightlifting, Lightweight, Men
Ireland 1928 gold Athletics Hammer Throw, Men, Pat O'Callaghan
Israel 1992 silver Yael Arad Women's Judo 61 kg
Italy 1900 silver Gian Giorgio Trissino, Equestrian Long jump
Ivory Coast 2016 gold Taekwondo Welterweight, Men, Cheick Sallah Cissé
Jamaica 1948 silver Athletics 800m, Men, Arthur Wint. Wint won the 400m a week later.
Japan 1920 siver Ichiya Kumagae Tennis Men's singles
Jordan 2016 gold Taekwondo Featherweight, Men, Ahmad Abughaush
Kazakhstan 1996 gold Wrestling Bantamweight, Greco-Roman, Men, Yury Melnichenko
Kenya 1964 bronze Wilson Kiprugut Athletics Men's 800m
Kosovo 2016 gold Judoka Majlinda Kelmendi won the women's 52kg division
Kuwait 2000 bronze Fehaid Al-Deehani Shooting Men's double trap
Kyrgyzstan  2000 bronze Aidyn Smagulov Judo Men's 60 kg
Latvia 1932 silver Jānis Daliņš Athletics Men's 50 km Walk
Lebanon 1952 silver/bronze Two Lebonese Greco-Roman wrestlers won medals on the same day, Zakaria Chihab finished 2nd in Bantamweight, and Khalil Taha finished 3rd in the Men's Greco-Roman Welterweight.
Lithuania 1992 gold Athletics Discus Throw, Men, Romas Ubartas
Luxembourg 1900 gold In 1900, an athlete from Luxembourg Michel Théato won the gold in the marathon but the win has been credited to France. The next medalist was Joseph Alzin, who was 2nd in eightlifting Men's Heavyweight in 1920.
Malasia 1992 bronze Razif Sidek & Jalani Sidek finished 3rd in the Badminton Men's doubles
Mauritius  2008 bronze Bruno Julie, Boxing, Bantamweight, Men
Mexico 1900 bronze The mexican riders Eustaquio Escandón,
Manuel de Escandón, and Pablo de Escandón came 3rd in the Polo Men's tournament. As there was a US rider also in the team, this medal is not credited to Mexico. In 1932, two mexican athletes won silver medals in boxing and shooting.
Moldova 1996 bronze Sergei Mureiko — Wrestling, Men's Greco-Roman Super Heavyweight
Monaco  1924 bronze Julien Médécin, Art Competitions, Architecture, Open
Mongolia 1968 silver/bronze Jigjidiin Mönkhbat (middleweight, 2nd), Chimedbazaryn Damdinsharav (flyweight, 3rd),
Danzandarjaagiin Sereeter (lightweight, 3rd), Tömöriin Artag (welterweight, 3rd)
Montenegro 2012 silver Montenegro, Handball, Handball, Women
Morocco 1960 silver Rhadi Ben Abdesselam Athletics Men's marathon
Mozambique 2000 gold Athletics 800m, Women, Maria Mutola
Namibia 1992 silver Frankie Fredericks, Athletics, 100m sprint. Fredericks also came second in the 200m a few days later.
Netherlands 1900 silver Sailing (3 to 10 ton): Henri Smulders, Chris Hooijkaas, Arie van der Velden.
New Zealand 1920 bronze Competing as an independent country, the first medal was a bronze by Darcy Hadfield in Rowing Men's single sculls in 1920. In previous Olympiads, New Zealanders have competed in other teams. New Zealander Victor Lindberg represented Great Britain and won gold in water polo in 1900, and several athletes from NZ won medals competing for the Australasia team in 1908 and 1912.
Niger 2016 silver Razak Alfaga, Taekwondo, Heavyweight, Men
Nigeria 1964 bronze Nojim Maiyegun - Boxing, Men's Light Middleweight
North Korea 1972 gold Shooting Small-Bore Rifle, Prone, 50 metres, Open, Li Ho-Jun
North Macedonia 2000 bronze Wrestler Mogamed Ibragimov won bronze in men's freestyle 85 kg in 2000. He is officially the country's first Olympic medalist, though many Macedonians won medals representing Yugoslavia, the first was possibly Shaban Tërstena who won silver playing in goals for the Yugoslavia football team in 1956.
Norway 1900 bronze Carl Albert Andersen in the pole vault
Pakistan 1956 silver Men's hockey team
Panama 2008 gold Irving Saladino  won Panama's first and only gold medal at the Olympics in the athletics' long jump event.
Paraguay  2004 silver Paraguay, Football, Football, Men
Peru 1948 gold Edwin Vásquez won the men's 50-m pistol event.
Philippines 2021 gold Hidilyn Diaz won gold in the women's 55kg weightlifting
Poland 1924 silver/bronze Two medals were won on the same day, a silver by cycling men's team pursuit team, and a bronze in equestrian Individual jumping by Adam Królikiewicz.
Portugal 1924 bronze António Borges, Hélder de Souza and José Mouzinho finished 3rd in the equestrian team jumping event.
Puerto Rico 1948 bronze Juan Evangelista Venegas - Boxing Bantamweight
Qatar 1992 bronze Mohammed Suleiman - Athletics Men's 1500m.
Romania 1924 bronze The Romainian Rugby Union team came 3rd.
Russia 1908 silver Aleksandr Petrov representing the Russian Empire team finished 2nd in wrestling Men's Greco-Roman super heavyweight
Samoa 2008 silver Ele Opeloge, Weightlifting, Super-Heavyweight, Women
San Marino 2020 silver Alessandra Perilli / Gian Marco Berti, Shooting, Trap, Team, Mixed
Saudi Arabia 2000 silver Hadi Soua'an Al-Somaily, Athletics, 400 metres Hurdles, Men
Senegal 1988 silver Amadou Dia Bâ, Athletics, 400 metres Hurdles, Men
Serbia 2008 silver Milorad Čavić Swimming Men's 100m butterfly
Singapore 2016 gold swimmer Joseph Schooling in the men's 100 meter butterfly, beating a trio of tied second place getters which included Michael Phelps.
Slovakia 1996 bronze Jozef Gönci Shooting Men's 50 metre rifle prone
Slovenia 1992 bronze Iztok Čop and Denis Žvegelj - Rowing Men's coxless pair
South Africa 1908 gold The winner of the men's 100 sprint, South African Reggie Walker
South Korea 1948 bronze Kim Sung-Jip - Weightlifting Men's Middleweight
Spain 1900 gold Francisco Villota and José de Amézola won gold in Basque pelota
Sri Lanka 1948 silver Duncan White, Athletics, 400 metres Hurdles, Men
Sudan 2008 silver Ismail Ahmed Ismail, Athletics, 800 metres, Men
Suriname 1988 gold Swimming 100 metres Butterfly, Men, Anthony Nesty
Sweden 1900 bronze Ernst Fast came third in the men's marathon. Also in 1900, a few days earlier a combined Sweden/Denmark team in the tug of war, made up of three competitors from each country, defeated the French team to win the title.
Switzerland 1896 silver Gymnast Louis Zutter came second in the men's vault, and a short time later won gold in the Pommel Horse.
Syria 1996 gold Ghada Shouaa won gold in the Women's heptathlon
Tajikistan 2016 gold The first gold medal for an athlete competiing for Tajikistan was Dilshod Nazarov, who won the men's hammer throw at the 2016 Rio Games, though Yury Lobanov won gold in the 1000m sprint canoe event with Lithuanian Vladas Česiūnas, though they were competing for the Soviet Union.
Tanzania 1980 silver Filbert Bayi Athletics - Men's 3000 m steeplechase. The only other medal won by a Tanzanian athlete was a silver by Suleiman Nyambui in the men's 5000m the next day.
Thailand 1976 bronze Payao Poontarat - Boxing Light Flyweight
Togo 2008 bronze Benjamin Boukpeti, Canoe Slalom, Kayak Singles, Slalom, Men
Tonga 1996 silver Paea Wolfgramm, Boxing, Super-Heavyweight, Men
Trinidad and Tobago 1948 silver Rodney Wilkes — Weightlifting, Men's Featherweight
Tunisia 1964 silver Mohammed Gammoudi — Athletics, Men's 10.000 metres
Türkiye 1936 bronze Ahmet Kireççi Wrestling Men's freestyle wrestling middleweight category.
Turkmenistan  2020 silver Polina Guryeva, Weightlifting, Lightweight, Women
Uganda 1968 bronze Boxer Leo Rwabdogo won bronze in the flyweight division. Two days later, Eridadi Mukwanga won silver in the bantamweight division.
Ukraine 1996 bronze Of the 23 medals won by Ukraine in 1996, the first is believed to be by Andriy Kalashnykov — Wrestling, Men's Greco-Roman Flyweight (52 kg) on July 20.
United Arab Republic 1960 silver Osman El-Sayed, Wrestling, Flyweight, Greco-Roman, Men
United Arab Emirates 2004 gold UAE won their first medal, a gold won by by Ahmed Al Maktoum, at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Greece in men's double trap shooting.
United States 1896 gold The men's triple jump, won by James B. Connolly. The first gold medal at the modern Games for any country.
United States Virgin Islands 1988 silver Peter Holmberg, Sailing, One Person Dinghy, Open
Uruguay 1924 gold Uruguay's gold medal in football in 1924 Paris Olympics is the nation's first medal of any kind..
Uzbekistan 1996 silver Armen Bagdasarov - Judo Men's Middleweight (86 kg). Also, Uzbek athletes may have won medals previously when competing as part of the Soviet Union from 1952 to 1988.
Venezuela 1952 bronze Asnoldo Devonish finished 3rd in the triple jump
Vietnam 2016 gold Shooter Hoàng Xuân Vinh won gold medal in the men's 10m air pistol event.
Zambia 1996 silver Samuel Matete, Athletics, 400 metres Hurdles, Men
Zimbabwe 1980 gold The 1980 women's hockey tournament in Moscow was won by Zimbabwe.

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