Eritrea competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, from 27 July to 12 August 2012. This was the nation's fourth appearance at the Olympics.

Eritrean National Olympic Committee sent a total of 12 athletes to the Games, 11 men and 1 woman, to compete only in athletics and road cycling, the first for the nation. Marathon runner Yonas Kifle had competed at every Olympic games since its national debut in Sydney, and was the oldest member of the contingent, at age 35. Steeplechase runner Weynay Ghebresilasie, the youngest of the team, at age 18, was Eritrea's flag bearer at the opening ceremony. For the second straight time, Eritrea failed to win a single Olympic medal at the London games.


Eritrean athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event at the 'A' Standard, and 1 at the 'B' Standard):[1][2]

  • Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
  • Q = Qualified for the next round
  • q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
  • NR = National record
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Teklit Teweldebrhan 1500 m 3:42.88 13 Did not advance
Abrar Osman Adem 5000 m 13:24.40 11 N/A Did not advance
Teklemariam Medhin DNS N/A Did not advance
Amanuel Mesel 13:48.13 15 N/A Did not advance
Teklemariam Medhin 10000 m N/A 27:34.76 7
Zersenay Tadese N/A 27:33.51 6
Nguse Tesfaldet N/A 27:56.78 15
Weynay Ghebresilasie 3000 m steeplechase 8:37.57 10 N/A Did not advance
Yared Asmerom Marathon N/A 2:15:24 19
Yonas Kifle N/A 2:21:25 58
Samuel Tsegay N/A DNF
Athlete Event Final
Result Rank
Rehaset Mehari Marathon 2:35:49 59


Eritrea qualified one cyclist for the Games. It marked the first time Eritrea competed in a sport other than athletics.[3][4]


Athlete Event Time Rank
Daniel Teklehaymanot Men's road race 5:46:37 73

See also