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Benin Benin ( , ; french: Bénin ), officially the Republic of Benin (french: République du Bénin) (formerly known as Dahomey), is a country in West Africa. It is bordered by Togo to the west, Nigeria to the east, Burkina Faso to the north-west, ...
has sent athletes to every
Summer Olympic Games The Summer Olympic Games (french: Jeux olympiques d'été) also known as the Games of the Olympiad, are a major international multi-sport event normally held once every four years. The Games were first held in 1896 in Athens, Greece, and were m ...
held since 1980. Under its previous name of
Dahomey The Kingdom of Dahomey () was a pre-colonial African kingdom located within present-day Benin that existed from approximately 1600 until 1904. The kingdom fell when the last king, Béhanzin, was defeated by France, leading to the country being a ...
, the country also competed in
1972 Within the context of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) it was the longest year ever, as two leap seconds were added during this 366-day year, an event which has not since been repeated. (If its start and end are defined using mean solar time ...
. Despite appearing in nine different Olympics, Benin has never won an
Olympic medal An Olympic medal is awarded to successful competitors at one of the Olympic Games. There are three classes of medal: gold, awarded to the winner; silver, awarded to the runner-up; and bronze, awarded to the third place. The granting of awards ...
. No athletes from Benin have competed in any Winter Olympic Games.


Medal tables


Medals by Summer Games


See also

* List of flag bearers for Benin at the Olympics * Benin at the Paralympics


External links

* * * Benin at the Olympics, {{Olympic-nation-stub