Unknown Facts About Olympic Nations

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The Central American country of El Salvador has never won an Olympic medal.

The Indian men’s national field hockey team was crowned 1964 Olympic champions. The winners were: Syed Ali, Charanjit Singh, Darshan Singh, Shankar Lakshman, Rajendran Christie, Prithipal Singh, Dharam Singh, Gurbux Singh, Udham Singh, Mohinder Lal, Jagjit Singh, Rajinder Singh, Joginder Singh, Haripal Kaushik, Harbinder Singh, Bandu Patil and Victor John Peter.

Said Ahmed Farouck was the best sprinter on the Comoro Islands – a former French colony in Africa – in the 1980s.

Cyprus -a small island in the Mediterranean Sea- has competed 8 times in the Winter Olympic Games (Lake Placid-1980, Sarajevo-1984, Calgary-1988, Albertville-1992, Lillehammer-1994, Nagano-1998, Salt Lake City -2002 and Turin-2006).

New Zealand won two gold medals at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia.

Letitia Vriesde was the flag bearer for the Surinamese team at the opening ceremony of the 2004 Olympic Games. Like Anthony Conrad Nesty (Olympic champion), she was one of the most popular athletes in Suriname and the Caribbean. She was born on October 5, 1964 in Paramaribo, the capital of Suriname, a former Dutch colony in South America. From 1988 to 2004 she won several medals (Pan American Games, World Championships, Central American and Caribbean Games). Letitia won a silver medal in the 800 m at the 1995 World Championships in Athletics in Gothenburg, Sweden. Certainly, she is a hero in her country.

Mathias Ntawulikura (Rwanda/Africa) finished eighth in the 10,000m at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, USA.

Armenia -a former Soviet republic- has had great athletes in the last century: Grant Chaguinian (gymnastics/Olympic gold medalist, 1952), Albert Azarian (gymnastics/Olympic gold medalist, 1956, 1960 and 1964), Vladimir Enguibariun (boxing/ Olympic gold medalist, medalist, 1956), Armen Nazaryan (wrestling/Olympic gold medalist, 1996), and Armen Mkchyan (wrestling/Olympic silver medalist, 1996).

Saudi Arabia has never won an Olympic gold medal.

Angola -African country- sent 39 Olympic athletes to the 1992 Games in Barcelona (Spain). The Angolan contingent participated in seven disciplines: aquatics (3), athletics (6), boxing (1), judo (4), sailing (3), roller hockey (11) and basketball (11). The national basketball team finished tenth at the Barcelona Olympic Games. Angola -African champion- gave a big surprise by defeating China 79-69…

Austria has many Olympic champions: Herna Bauna (track and field), Gregor Hradetzky (kayak), Christopher Sieber (sailing), Hans Haas (weightlifting), Elisabeth Theurer (equestrian), Peter Seisanbacher (judo) and Franz Andrisek (weightlifting). of weights).

North Korea has not won an Olympic volleyball medal since the 1972 Olympics.

Alleyne Francique finished fourth in the 400 m (44.66 s) at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. This sprinter is the best athlete in Granada.

Lebanon competed in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, USA. Most Lebanese athletes qualified for the Games in track and field, boxing, cycling, fencing, wrestling, shooting, swimming, and weightlifting. This Arab country also competed in the 1984 Winter Olympics in Yugoslavia.

The Nigerian men’s national soccer team won the gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics. Nigeria defeated Argentina 3-2 in the Olympic final. The Olympic champions were: Teslim Fatusi, Daniel Amokachi, Emmanuel Amunike, Tijani Babangida, Celestine Babayaro, Taribo West, Victor Ikpeda, Dosu Joseph, Nwankwo Kanu, Wilson Oruma, Mobi Oparaku, Sunday Oliseh, Jay-Jay Okocha, Garba Nawal, Uche Okechukwu, Kingsley Obiekwu, and Abiodun Obafemi.

Bangladesh has been an Olympic member since 1980. However, it did not go to the USSR Olympics.

In the 1990s, Croatia had famous basketball players: Stojan Vrunkovic, Toni Kukoc, Drazen Petrovic, Dino Rada, and Franjo Arapovic.

Paraguay feels 10 athletes to the Olympic Games of the 1970s.

Taiwan sent 22 athletes to the 1972 Summer Olympics. They participated in 10 sports. Archery: Meei-Shya Shue. Athletics: Chin-Lung Chen, Ming-Chih Chen, Chung-Ping Lee, Wen-Ho Soo, Cheng Chi, Chiu-Hsia Lee, Chun Yu Lin and Yu-Chih Wu Boxing: Chee-Yen Wang. Wrestling: Jine- Shiongsheu. Judo: Ping-Ho Chang, Chi Hsiang Cheng, Jen-Wuh Juang and Jong She Wang. Weightlifting: Kue Sen Chen. Cycling: Ming Fa Shue. Sailing: Shiu-Hsiung Chen. Shooting: Tao Yuan Wu Swimming: Tung-Hsiung Hsu, Yue-Yun Hsu and Yue Hwan Lie.

Mauritania competed in the Summer Olympics for the first time in the 1984 Games. This African country sits 4 wrestlers at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, United States.

The Kingdom of Bhutan sent 3 athletes to the 1992 Olympic Games. They were: Karma Tshomo, Pem Tshering and Namgyal Lhama (archery).

Georgia – a former Soviet republic – is the birthplace of Viktor Saneiev, who won three gold medals at the 1968, 1972 and 1976 Olympic Games. In 1980 he won the triple jump silver medal at the Moscow Olympics. Like Joao Carlos de Oliveira (Brazil), Jonathan Edwards (Great Britain) and Mike Conley (USA), Viktor was one of the greatest triple jumpers of the 20th century.

Belarus won two silver medals at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Norway in 1994.

Talata Embalo was the flag bearer for the Bissau Guinea national team at the 1996 Summer Olympics in the United States. Embalo is the best weightlifter from Guinea-Bissau, a former Portuguese colony in Africa.

Mongolia sent 4 athletes to the West German Olympic Games in 1972.

Obadele Thompson is the best Barbadian athlete of the 21st century. From 2000 to 2004, she was one of the best sprinters in the world.

Date of birth: 3/30/1976

Place of birth: Saint Michael, Barbados (Caribbean country)

Education: University of Texas

High performance:

1991: Carifta Games: 1st 100m, 3rd 200m

1992: Carifta Games: first 100 m, second 200 m

1993: Junior Pan American Championship-3rd 100m, 2nd 200m; Carifta Games-1° 100m, 2° 200m; Central American and Caribbean Championship Seniors-1st 100m

1994: Carifta Games-1st 100m, 1st 200m; Athletics World Cup- 4th 100m

1995: Senior Central American and Caribbean Championship-1st 200m

1996: Olympic Games-12 100 m, 4 200 m

1997: Athletics World Cup – 6th 100 m

1998: Central American and Caribbean Games-1st 100m; Commonwealth Games-3rd 100m; Athletics World Cup-1st 100 m

1999: World Championships in Athletics – 4th 100m, 4th 200m

2000: Olympics-3rd 100m, 4th 200m

2004: Olympic Games-7th 100m

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