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Mali competed at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, from 27 July to 12 August 2012. This was the nation's twelfth appearance at the Olympics, it was not represented at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal because of the African boycott.

As no Malian teams qualified for the team events, Mali sent its smallest delegation to the Games after the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. Six Malian athletes, 4 men and 2 women, were selected to the team to compete in 4 sports. Hurdler Rahamatou Drame, who competed at her first Olympic games, was the nation's flag bearer at the opening ceremony.

Mali, however, has yet to win its first ever Olympic medal. Taekwondo jin and double-time world heavyweight champion Daba Modibo Keita missed out of the nation's historic Olympic record, after he withdrew from the bronze medal tournament because of the injuries he had sustained.[1]

Athletics

Key
  • 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
Men
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Moussa Camarao 800 m 1:51.36 6 Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Rahamatou Drame 100 m hurdles DSQ Did not advance

Judo

Mali has qualified 1 judoka

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Oumar Koné Men's −100 kg  Corrêa (BRA)
L 0002–0102
Did not advance

Swimming

Mali has gained two "Universality places" from the FINA.[2]

Men
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Mamadou Soumare 100 m freestyle 57.32 52 Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Fatoumata Samassékou 50 m freestyle 31.88 61 Did not advance

Taekwondo

Mali was given a wild card entrant.[3]

Athlete Event Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Bronze Medal Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Daba Modibo Keïta Men's +80 kg  Irgashev (UZB)
W 13–4
 Coulombe-Fortier (CAN)
W 11–6
 Molfetta (ITA)
L 4–6
Bye  Despaigne (CUB)
L WO
Did not advance 5

References

  1. ^ "Cuba's Despaigne, Mexico's Espinoza take taekwondo bronze". Fox News Latino. 11 August 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "FINA Universality Places" (PDF). FINA. 6 July 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 July 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Cambodia, Mali, Panama, Yemen Earn 1 Wild Card Each for London Olympic Taekwondo Competition". WTF. 17 April 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2012.