RIO 2016: More than 10,000 athletes will compete in the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This is the first time the games have been held in South America.

Latvia will have 34 athletes competing in 13 different sport disciplines at the Rio Olympics, from 5 to 21 August, 2016. Latvian athletes will also participate in the Olympics with other national teams. Last week, Irish rower, Sanita Pušpure, officially qualified for the Rio Olympics. It will be the second time the Latvia-born athlete will represent Ireland at the Olympics. Already last year, a Latvian-born Turkish female sprint kayaker, Lāsma Liepa, placed in the women’s K1 200m event and this past June she became the European Champion for the K1 200m distance. Another promising Latvian athlete is the racing cyclist, Vita Heine, who has been representing Norway since 2014 and who won 2 gold medals in Norwegian Road Championships in June 2016.

Athletics and Modern Pentathlon

Agnese Pastare (October 27th, 1988, Rīga)
Athletics – Event: 20km Race Walk
Previous participation in Olympics: 2012 – 24th (1.31:54)
Personal record 1.29:55 (2013)
WCH 2013 – 23th (1.32:30)

Arnis Rumbenieks (April 4, 1988, Valmiera)
Athletics – Event: 50km Race Walk
Personal record 3.58:35 (2008)
Previous participation in Olympics: 2012 – 45th 20km Race Walk (1.26:26) 
WCH 2015 – 38th 50km Race Walk (4.28:55) 
ECH 2014 – 23rd 20km Race Walk (1.27:07)

Gunta Latiševa-Čudare (March 9, 1995, Rēzekne)
Athletics – Event: 400m
Personal record 52,17 (2015)
WCH 2015 – 30th (52,17)
ECH 2014 – 21st (53,37)
WJCH 2014 – 13th (54,23)

Mareks Ārents (August 6, 1986, Rīga)
Athletics – Event: Pole Vault
Previous participation in Olympics: 2012 – 22nd (5,35m)
WCH 2015 – 25th (5,55m); 2013 – 33rd (5,25m)
ECH 2014 – without result
ECH Indoor 2015 – 11th (5,60m)

Pauls Pujāts (August 6, 1991, Rīga)
Athletics – Event: Pole Vault
Personal record 5,70m (2016)
ECH 2014 – without result

Laura Ikauniece-Admidiņa (May 31, 1992, Ventspils)
Athletics – Event: Heptathlon
Previous participation in Olympics: 2012 – 9th (6414 p.)
Personal record 6622 p. Latvian Record (2016)
WCH 2015 – 3rd (6516 p.); 2013 – 11th (6159 p.)
ECH 2014 – 6th (6310 p.)

Sinta Ozoliņa (February 26, 1988, Rīga)
Athletics – Event: Javelin Throw
Previous participations in Olympics: 2012 – 20th (58,86m), 2008 – 11th (53,38m)
Personal record 64,38m (2013)
WCH 2015 – 7th (62,20m)
ECH 2014 – 11th (57,82m)

Zigismunds Sirmais (May 6, 1992, Rīga) 
Athletics – Event: Javelin Throw
Previous participation in Olympics: 2012 (without result)
Personal record 86,61m (2014)
ECH 2016 – 1st 86,66m
Euro Cup winter 2015 – 9th (73,25m); 
2014 – 1st (81,60m)
ECH U-23 2013 – 1st (82,77m)

Madara Palameika (June 18, 1987, Talsi)
Athletics – Event: Javelin Throw
Previous participation in Olympics: 2012 - 8th (60,73m)
Personal record 66,15m Latvian record (2014)
WCH 2015 – 13th (62,17m); 2013 – 27th (53,70m)
ECH 2014 – 4th (62,04m)

Rolands Štrobinders (April 14, 1992, Talsi)
Athletics – Event: Javelin Throw
WCH 2015 – 19th (79,11m)
ECH 2014 – 16th (76,16m)

Līna Muze (December 4, 1992, Smiltene)
Athletics - Event: Javelin Throw
Personal record 62,09m (2016) 
Previous participation in Olympics: 2012 – 13th (59,91m) 
WCH 2013 – 14th (60,29m) 
ECH 2014 – 19th (53,42m) 
ECH U-23 2013 – 1st (58,61m)

Ariana Hilborna (September 19, 1980, West Allis, Wisconsin, USA)
Athletics – Event: Marathon
Personal record 2.35:21 (2014)
WCH half marathon 2016 – 67th (1.17:11)
Ottawa marathon 2016 – 6th (2.40:32)
Riga marathon 2014 – 2nd (2.40:22)

Valērijs Žolnerovičs (April 19, 1985, Ventspils)
Athletics – Event: Marathon
Previous participations in Olympics: 2012 (did not finish), 2008 – 32th 3 000m Steeplechase (8:37,65)
Personal record 2.14:33 Latvian record (2013)
Lattelecom Riga marathon 2015 – 6th (2.14:39)
ECH 2014 – 12th (2.15:56)

Ilona Marhele (April 5, 1986, Alūksne)
Athletics – Event: Marathon
Personal record 2.38:01 (2015)
Frankfurt marathon 2015 – 15th (2.38:01)

Jeļena Prokopčuka (September 21, 1976, Rīga)
Athletics – Event: Marathon 
Previous participations in Olympics: 2004 – 7th 10 000m (31:04,10), 
2000 – 9th 5 000m (14:55,46), 19th 10 000m (32:17,72) and 1996 – 36th 5 000m (15:59,00)
Personal record 2.22:56 Latvian record (2005)
Boston marathon 2016 – 4th (2.32:28)
Osaka marathon 2015 – 2nd (2.24:07)
New York marathon 2014 – 4th (2.26:15)

Ruslans Nakoņečnijs (April 21, 1989, Donetsk, UKR)
Event: Modern Pentathlon
WCH 2016 – 14th (1466 p.), 2015 – 64th (1060 p.)
ECH 2016 – 8th (1422 p.), 2015 – 38th (1121 p.)

Beach Volleyball

Jānis Šmēdiņš (July 31, 1987, Kuldīga; was in the Olympics in 2012)
Beach Volleyball (with Aleksandrs Samoilovs)
Previous participation in Olympics 2012 – 3rd (partner Mārtiņš PĻAVIŅŠ)
WCH 2013 – 9th (partner Aleksandrs SAMOILOVS)
ECH 2015 – 1st (partner Aleksandrs SAMOILOVS); 2014 – 2nd (partner Aleksandrs SAMOILOVS)
World Rank 2014 – 1st (partner Aleksandrs SAMOILOVS); 2013 – 1st (partner Aleksandrs SAMOILOVS) 

Aleksandrs Samoilovs (April 6, 1985, Rīga; was in Olympics in 2012 and 2008) 
Beach Volleyball (with Jānis Šmēdiņš)
Previous participation in Olympics 2012 – 9th (partner Ruslans SOROKINS); 2008 – 9th (partner Mārtiņš PĻAVIŅŠ)
WCH 2015 – 17th (partner Mārtiņš PĻAVIŅŠ)
ECH 2015 – 1st (partner Jānis ŠMĒDIŅŠ); 2014 – 2nd (partner Jānis ŠMĒDIŅŠ)
World Rank 2014 – 1st (partner Jānis ŠMĒDIŅŠ); 2013 – 1st (partner Jānis ŠMĒDIŅŠ)

Canoe, Sailing

CANOE

Aleksejs Rumjancevs (February 13, 1986, Rīga)
Canoe Sprint – Event: Kayaking K1 200m
Previous participation in Olympics: 2012 – 11th K2 200m
WCH 2015 – 19th K2 200m; 2014 – 17th K1 200m
ECH 2015 – 5th K1 200m; 2014 – 8th K1 200m
I European Games 2015 – 4th K1 200m

Dagnis Iļjins (August 20, 1992, Talsi)
Canoe Sprint – Event: Canoeing C1 200m and 1000m
ECH 2016 – 11th C1 1000m
WCH 2015 – 14th C1 1000m
WCH U-23 2015 – 5th C1 1000m
ECH 2015 – 12th C1 1000m
WCH 2014 – 13th C1 1000m
ECH U-23 2014 – 9th C1 1000m, 12th C1 500m

SAILING 

Ketija Birzule (April 5, 1986, Alūksne)
Sailing – Event: RS:X
YOG 2014 – 12th

 

Cycling

BMX

Māris Štrombergs (March 10, 1987, Valmiera)
Cycling – Event: BMX
Previous participations in Olympics: 2012 -1st, 2008 -1st
WCH 2016 – 3rd Time trial; 2015 – 59th, 13th Time trial; 2014 – 15th, 5th Time trial
ECH 2015 – 4th; 2014 – 1st; 2013 – 1st

Edžus Treimanis (April 21, 1988, Valmiera)
Cycling – Event: BMX 
Previous participation in Olympics: 2012 – 9th
WCH 2015 – 24th, 6th Time trial; 2014 – 4th, 8th Time trial
ECH 2015 – 6th; 2014 – 6th; 2013 – 2nd

ROAD CYCLING

Toms Skujiņš (June 15, 1991, Sigulda)
Road Cycling
WCH 2014 – Don’t finish group race
1st European Games 2015 – 21st group race
WCH U-23 2013 – 5th group race

Aleksejs Saramotins (April 8, 1982, Rīga)
Road Cycling
Previous participation in Olympics 2012 – 56th group race
WCH 2015 – 39th individual race; 2014 – 50th individual race

Judo

Artūrs Ņikiforenko (May 3, 1992, Rīga)
Judo – Event: +100kg
ECH U23 2014 – 5th
EuroCup stage 2014 – 5th

Jevgēņijs Borodavko (November 4, 1986, Rīga)
Judo – Event: -100kg
Previous participations in Olympics: 2012 – 9th, 2008 – loss in 1st battle
WCH 2013 – 9th
ECH 2016 – 7th; 2013 – 3rd

Swimming

Aļona Ribakova (February 7, 1991, Rīga)
Swimming – Event: 100m, 200m Breaststroke
WCH 2015 – 37th 200m Breaststroke (2:23,69); 44th 100m Breaststroke (1:11,45)
ECH 2014 – 18th 200m Breaststroke (2:31,52); 32th – 100m Breaststroke (1:10,92)

Uvis Kalniņš (October 24, 1993, Valmiera)
Swimming – Event: 200m Individual Medley
Previous participation in Olympics: 2012 - 30th 100m Freestyle (49,96s)
Personal record 2:00,39 200m Breaststroke (2015)
WCH 2015 – 17th 200m Individual Medley (2:00,39); 34th 400m Individual Med­ley (4:26,17)

Tennis

Jeļena Ostapenko (June 8, 1997, Rīga)
Tennis
Qatar Total Open 2016 – 2nd
Wimbledon Junior Championships 2014 – 1st

Weightlifting

Rebeka Koha (May 19, 1998, Ventspils)
Weightlifting – Event: -53kg
Personal record 198kg (90+108) Latvian record (2016)
WCH 2015 – 10th 192kg (87+105)
ECH 2016 – 3rd 198kg (90+108)

Artūrs Plēsnieks (January 21, 1992, Dobele)
Weightlifting – Event: -105kg
Previous participation in Olympics: 2012 - – 7th 390kg (175+215)
Personal record 405kg (179+226) Latvian record 2015)
WCH 2015 – 3rd 405kg (179+226); 2014 – 10th 390kg (174+216)
ECH 2016 – 1st 403kg (177+226); 2015 – 8th 394kg (173+221)

Wrestling

Anastasija Grigorjeva (May 12, 1990, Daugavpils)
Wrestling – Event: Freestyle -63kg
Previous participation in Olympics: 2012 – 9th
WCH 2015 – 5th; 2014 – 3rd
ECH 2016 – 1st; 2015 – 3rd

Shooting

Dainis Upelnieks (October 1, 1982, Bauska)
Athletics – Event: Shooting Skeet
Personal record 120/125
OG No previous presence
ECH 2016 – 21st