10 smallest teams at Rio 2016

2016-07-29 18:11
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Cape Town - Team South Africa has 137 athletes in Rio but still doesn't come anywhere being considered a powerhouse at the Olympics. 

In total there will be around 11 400 athletes competing at the Games, making South Africa's contribution a modest one. 

But, when compared to some other nations, South Africa all of a sudden looks like a giant. 

Imagine having just one or two athletes to support throughout the entire Olympics. 

Fortunately, we don't have to and most days we will have somebody to cheer on. 

But some nations do not have that luxury. 

The official Rio 2016 website looked at 10 of the smallest delegations who will be taking part. 

1. Tuvalu (South Pacific)

Who to watch: Etimoni Timuani, 24, a profesional footballer in the Tuvalu A-Division is competing at Rio 2016 in athletics in the men's 100m sprint.

2. Bhutan (South Asia)

Two to watch: These women will represent Bhutan at Rio 2016. Competing in Bhutan's national sport, 26-year-old archer Karma Karma finished in the top 60 at the 2015 world archery championships in Denmark and will appear in the women's individual event at Rio 2016. Sport shooter Lenchu Kunzang, 24, will compete in the women's 10m air rifle. 

3. Chad (Africa)

Two to watch: First time Chadian Olympians Bachir Mahamat, 19, and Bibiro Ali Taher, 28, both compete on the running track. Mahamat will run in the men's 400m, and Taher will race in the women's 5000m. 

4. Dominica (Caribbean)

Two to watch: The two Dominican athletes competing at Rio 2016 are competing in the triple jumper. These Olympic Games are the first for Cuban-born Yordanys Duranona, 28, and Thea LaFond, 22, who was a student at the University of Maryland in the US and is also an accomplished long and high jumper.

5. Equatorial Guinea (Africa)

Two to watch: At the age of 36, Reina-Flor Okori, is competing at her fourth and final Olympic Games in the women's 100m hurdles as she intends to retire following Rio 2016. The three-time Olympic semi-finalist also holds French citizenship and is a three-time French champion in the discipline. Her team-mate is 27-year-old 800m racer Benjamin Enzema, who competed at London 2012. 

6. Liberia (Africa)

Two to watch: Two sprinters, Mariam Kromah and Emmanuel Matadi, represent Liberia in athletics and both train at US universities. Running the women's 400m, Kromah, 22, is a record-holder at the University of Southern Mississippi where she is a student. Matadi, 25, won two Division II NCAA national titles in the men's 100m and 200m for Minnesota State University and will compete in the same events at Rio 2016.

7. Mauritania (Africa)

Two to watch: The Mauritanian flag-bearer at London 2012, sprinter Jidou El Moctar ran a personal best in the 200m at those Games and will compete in the men's 100m at Rio 2016. Twenty-four-year-old Houleye Ba will run the women's 800m.

8. Nauru (Oceania)

Two to watch: Two Nauruans compete at the Olympic Games for the first time. Black belt Ovini Uera, 28, won bronze in judo at the 2016 Oceania world championships in Australia and will compete in the men's 90kg competition at Rio 2016. Standing 1.55 metres (5ft 1in), weightlifter Elson Brechtefeld will compete  in the men's 56kg division. 

9. Somalia (Africa)

Two to watch: Reaching the Olympic Games is a monumental feat for Somalian runners Mohamed Mohamed and Maryan Muse. Mohamed, 20, will compete in the men's 5000m, and 19-year-old Muse will race in the women's 400m event.

10. Swaziland (Africa)

Two to watch: Both Swazi athletes competing at Rio 2016 are sprinters. Sibusiso Matsenjwa, 28, competes in the men's 200m event and 23-year-old Phumlile Ndzinisa will race in the women's 100m.

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