Tunisia made its first Summer Olympic appearance in 1960 and has competed ever since, with the exception of 1980 where it participated in the United States led boycott. The nation also only participated in the 1976 Olympics for three days before joining the African boycott. Tunisia typically sends a large delegation of around 50 athletes to compete, especially when the nation qualifies in a team sport, such as football, handball or volleyball. Other sports athletes typically compete in include athletics, boxing, fencing, judo, swimming, weightlifting and wrestling.

Tunisia won its first medal in 1964 and has won a total of 13 across 6 sports. The most successful sports include athletics (5), swimming (3) and boxing (2). The most successful athlete is long distance runner Mohammed Gammoudi whom won four medals across three Olympics. Gammoudi won silver at the 1964 Olympics in men’s 10000m, at the 1968 Olympics he won two medals; gold in the 5000m and bronze in 10000m and in 1972 he won silver in the 5000m. In 2016 Tunisia won three medals.

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