Four Independent Olympic Athletes competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, in the United Kingdom. These were athletes from the former Netherlands Antilles, and from the newly formed state of South Sudan. This was the third time[1][2] that athletes had competed as independent participants in the Olympics. None of the athletes have won an Olympic medal.


Netherlands Antilles

The Netherlands Antilles Olympic Committee, which had planned to continue functioning after the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles in October 2010, had its membership withdrawn by the IOC Executive Committee at the IOC session of July 2011. However, athletes from the former Netherlands Antilles who qualified for the 2012 Olympics were allowed to participate independently under the Olympic flag, in addition to the possibility of competing for the Netherlands (as for example Churandy Martina did) or Aruba (because they have Dutch nationality).[3] Ultimately, three athletes from the Netherlands Antilles participated as Independent Olympic Athletes.

South Sudan

South Sudan gained its independence from Sudan in July 2011. As of the 2012 Summer Olympics, it had not formed a National Olympic Committee,[4] implying that athletes from this nation were unable to enter with a National Olympic Committee (NOC). Guor Marial qualified for the men's marathon and had been accepted as an independent Olympian.[5][6]

Opening ceremony

Brooklyn Kerlin was the flag bearer of the athletes during the opening ceremony. She was chosen by her peers to represent the "makers of the Olympics".[7] Hannah Bailes, a London 2012 Ceremonies Cast Member, who was also a volunteer, was selected to carry the Independent Olympic Athletes placard.



  • Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
  • Q = Qualified for the next round
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
Athlete From Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Liemarvin Bonevacia Curaçao Curaçao 400 m 45.60 3 Q 1:36.42 8 Did not advance
Guor Marial South Sudan South Sudan Marathon N/A 2:19:32 47


Athlete From Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Reginald de Windt[8] Curaçao Curaçao Men's −81 kg Bye  Nifontov (RUS)
L 0004–1000
Did not advance


Athlete From Event Race Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 M*
Philipine van Aanholt Curaçao Curaçao Laser Radial 36 38 38 29 33 37 16 27 42 37 EL 291 36

M = Medal race; EL = Eliminated – did not advance into the medal race;

See also


  1. ^ "Independent Olympic Athletes: Olympians Without A Country". Freaky Phenomena. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Independent Independent / Individual Olympic Participants". Top end sports. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Curtain comes down on 123rd IOC Session". IOC. Retrieved 11 July 2011. 
  4. ^ [?url=http://www.shaheen.senate.gov/news/press/release/?id=e06abcd3-1cf1-4049-bc14-fc90748d83ba "Shaheen Urges IOC to Allow New Hampshire Runner and Sudan Refugee to Compete in Olympics As an Independent Athlete"] Check archiveurl= value (help). Office of Senator Jeanne Shaheen. Archived from the original on 14 February 2014. Retrieved 14 February 2014. However, South Sudan is only a year old and has yet to form a National Olympic Committee of its own.  (Archived by WebCite at )
  5. ^ "Runner without country to compete at Olympics". Associated Press. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Passport-less athlete approved to compete". IOC. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Richmond upon Thames College alumnus flag bearer for Independent Olympic Athletes in the Opening Ceremony". podium.ac.uk. 29 July 2012. Archived from the original on 1 August 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  8. ^ Qualification summary Archived 2013-06-19 at the Wayback Machine.