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In sports, there are not only winners, but also losers. Countries compete in the team competition, trying to take the highest possible place in it.
Nevertheless, the Olympics have another, sadder side. Their medal baggage is empty, which does not stop the athletes from new starts.
Mali (11 Summer Olympics). For the first time this country took part in the Summer Olympics in Tokyo in 1964. Almost all athletes from the African state did not even qualify. Since then, the African power has invariably taken part in the largest sports competitions on the planet, an exception was made only for Montreal in 1976 due to a boycott. And the Mali national team achieved the highest success at the Olympics in 2004 in Athens. Then the national football team reached the ¼ final of the tournament, losing to the Italians only in extra time, 4 minutes before the end. The brave team stopped only a couple of steps from the medal.
Liberia (12 Summer Olympics). This country has its origins in the international Olympic movement since 1956. Then 4 athletes arrived in Melbourne at once. The best success was the 17th place of the relay team. The 1980 Olympics in Moscow were remembered for the fact that the delegation took part in the opening ceremony, but did not appear at the start. It even got to the point that the Olympians from this country were simply beaten in their homeland for their poor results. Maybe that's why there are not so many people who want to take part in the world's largest sports event? In 2012 in London, the only representative of Liberia took 23rd place in the decathlon, having even managed to overtake three athletes.
Madagascar (11 Summer Olympics, 1 Winter). The history of this country's medal drought dates back to 1964 in Tokyo, Japan. Jules Randrianari, who managed to win a relatively prestigious 25th place in the Moscow marathon in 1980, gave cause for pride. And in 2006, the first appearance of the famous African country at the Winter Olympics took place, it happened in Turin. Then the only athlete from Madagascar, Mathieu Razanakolona, took 39th place in the giant ski slalom. But in the usual slalom, the black Olympian could not finish at all.
Malta (15 Summer Olympics). If the defeat of the Africans is not particularly surprising, then being among the losers of Malta is unexpected. For the first time, a small but completely European state made its debut at the Olympics back in Amsterdam in 1928. Malta stands out as the only European member of the IOC that has never participated in the Winter Olympics. True, despite the concentration in summer sports, there is no particular success here. In 1980, Malta made its archery debut, hoping to do well here. The results were eloquent - Leo Portelli was the last, and Joanna Agius showed the penultimate result.
Nepal (12 Summer Olympics, 3 Winter Olympics). For the first time at the Olympics, Nepal appeared in Tokyo in 1964. Since then, the team members have been desperately fighting not even for medals, but for getting into the top twenty. In this regard, it is appropriate to recall the "achievement" of Bharat Sawad, who in Seoul in 1988 was able to become the 22nd. In winter sports, the results are much weaker. In 2010, the colorful skier Dachiri Sherpa finished 92nd, 11 minutes behind the winner at a distance of 15 kilometers. The Nepalese athlete even managed to overtake three skiers. So the participation of Nepal in the Olympic Games still corresponds to the motto, according to which victory is not the main thing here.
Myanmar (16 Summer Olympics). The Olympic Committee in this country was created in 1947, and the following year the team from Burma made its debut in London. It is interesting that from 1948 to 1992 the team defended the honor of Burma, and then Myanmar, due to the renaming of the country. Most athletes performed back in 1972, when the delegation consisted of as many as 18 participants. Athletes came closest to medals in 2000 in Sydney, when female weightlifters Vin Kai Thi and Vin Sve Sve took 4th and 5th places, respectively. And in 2004, the Thin Thin Khaing athlete became a participant in the most real archery drama. She lost in the first round only due to three additional shots, which revealed the winner.
Bolivia (13 Summer Olympics, 5 Winter Olympics). For the first time this country performed at the Olympics back in 1936. Bolivia again took part in the Games already in 1964. There was also a big break in winter sports - from 1956 to 1992. Realizing that nothing shines for athletes here, the country has stopped participating in the winter program since 1992. The highest result of Bolivian athletes is associated with the name of Maria Monasterio. This woman was able to win 17th place in Beijing in 2008 at a rather unusual age for weightlifters - 38 years.
Andorra (10 Summer Olympics, 10 Winter Olympics). This small country is equally unsuccessful in both summer and winter programs. Andorra has participated in all the Olympics since 1976. Only regular efforts are not enough, the country is sorely lacking high-class athletes. Andorra has only one top 20 hit. In 1998, in Nagano, Vicky Grau was able to take 19th place in the women's slalom. But in the giant slalom, she could not finish. So now local athletes should be equal to this indicator.
San Marino (13 Summer Olympics, 7 Winter Olympics). This country first took part in the Games in 1960 in Rome, Italy. The San Marino team in 1980 was well-known, but not for sports, but for political reasons. The country partially supported the boycott of the Soviet Union, speaking not under its own flag, but under the Olympic one. But all the same, the athlete's voyage to the Olympics, although it took place, did not bring medals. But so in San Marino they were able to see "their" flag at the awards ceremony. But 17-year-old Stefano Casali was able to take 24th place at a distance of 20 kilometers in race walking, this result remains one of the best for San Marino at the Olympics.
Monaco (20 Summer Olympics, 8 Winter Olympics). This European principality can be considered the main loser of the Olympics. The debut took place back in 1920, in the Belgian Antwerp. In 1924, Julien Miedezin won a bronze medal for his country in the competition in ... architecture! A not-so-sporting award was given for the design of the stadium in Monte Carlo. However, medals in art competitions have nothing to do with sports. Since then, the principality has been fighting hard for the Olympic awards. Even the participation in bobsleigh of Prince Albert II did not help; his best achievement was 23rd place in Calgary.