Mongolian athletes compete on Day 1 of 2016 Rio Olympics

Temuulen Battulga carries the flag of Mongolia during the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) ORG XMIT: OLY462

Following a spectacular opening ceremony on August 5, the 31st Olympic Games kicked off with 20 sports on the first day, starting with archery, basketball, cycling, and equestrian sports.

Day 1 ended well for the five Mongolian athletes who competed in judo and shooting. A total of 43 Mongolian athletes are participating in 41 events for nine sports this year. Mongolia hopes to win medals in archery, athletics, boxing, judo, shooting, swimming, taekwondo, weightlifting, and wrestling.

G.Nandinzaya ranks 14th in women’s 10-meter air rifle competition

 International Sports Master G.Nandinzaya came in 14th place with 414.8 points in the preliminary round of the women’s 10-meter air rifle competition.

It was considered a good start for the young shooter participating in her first Olympics. She went up against 51 shooters on the first day of the Summer Games.

G.Nandinzaya will take part in women’s 50-meter rifle 3 positions on August 11.


The USA’s Virginia Thrasher won the women’s 10-meter air rifle event with 208 points on Saturday morning at the Olympic Shooting Center, seizing the first gold medal of the Rio Olympics. China earned 10-meter air rifle  two medals in the shooting event thanks to Du Li and Yi Silling, who came in second and third place respectively. Du Li lost by a narrow margin with a score of 207 points, and Yi Sillong came in third with 185.4 points, a 20.4 lead from fourth place, Germany’s Barbara Engleder.

Disappointing start for Mongolian Judokas

Lightweight judo matches kicked off on the first day of events at Carioca Arena 2. The day was full of surprises for Mongolian athletes Ts.Tsogtbaatar and M.Urantsetseg.

International Sports Master Ts.Tsogtbaatar fought in the first round of the men’s 60 kg elimination round. He easily overthrew his first two opponents, Guatemala’s Jose Ramos and Finland’s Juho Reinvall. In elimination round 16, he lost to a worthy opponent from the Republic of Korea, Won Jin Kim. Had Ts.Tsogtbaatar won, he could have gone on to the quarterfinals to compete for a medal. Unfortunately, he lost his lead when the Korean judoka performed a waza-ari. Participating in the Olympics for the first time, the 20-year-old still managed to be one of the the top 16 judokas in his weight class.

Ts.Tsolmon overthrowing Finland’s Juho in men's 60 kg elimination round
Ts.Tsolmon overthrowing Finland’s Juho in men’s 60 kg elimination round

Mongolia had high expectations for world champion judoka M.Urantsetseg, who participated in the women’s 48 kg weight class, but regrettably, she lost to South Korea’s Jeong Bo Kyeong in the quarterfinal.

Following a clean win in the first round, M.Urantsetseg defeated an experienced judoka from France, Laetitia Payet, with a cross arm lock technique, also known as Ude Hishigi Juji Gatame. In the afternoon, after losing to Bo Kyong Jeong, M.Urantsetseg faced  against Brazilian judoka and London Olympic champion Sarah Menezes in the repechage and won. However, she was soon defeated in the last minute of the bronze medal match by Japan’s Ami Kondo.

M.Urantsetseg fighting Brazillian Sarakh Menezes in women's 48 kg judo contest repechage match
M.Urantsetseg fighting Brazillian Sarakh Menezes in women’s 48 kg judo contest repechage match

At the London Olympics 2012, M.Urantsetseg placed seventh.

Mongolian-born G.Otgontsetseg, who participated as part of the Kazakhstan team this year, won a bronze medal in women’s 48 kg weight class. Argentina’s Paula Pareto seized gold medal in this weight category.

G.Otgontsetseg's victory ceremony after defeating Cuban judoka Dayaris Mestre Álvarez in  contest for bronze medal
G.Otgontsetseg’s victory ceremony after defeating Cuban judoka Dayaris Mestre Álvarez in contest for bronze medal