Portugal made its first Summer Olympic appearance in 1912 and has competed ever since. The nation sends a large delegation with over 70 athletes competing over the last four Olympics. The athletes compete in a variety of sports including, athletics, canoeing, equestrian, judo, sailing, shooting and swimming.

Portugal won its first medal in 1924 and has won a total of 24 medals across 9 sports. The most successful sports include athletics (9), sailing (4) and equestrian (3). The most successful athletes are long distance runners Carlos Lopes, Rosa Mota and Fernanda Ribeiro and equestrian Luis Mena e Silva whom all won two medals. Lopes won gold in the men’s marathon (1984) and silver in the men’s 10000m (1976), Mota won gold (1988) and bronze (1984) in the women’s marathon, Ribeiro won gold (1996) and bronze (2000) in the women’s 10000m and Mena e Silva won two bronze medals, one in team jumping (1936) and another in team dressage (1948). In 2016 Portugal won a single medal.

Qualified Quotas


Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Men’s 49er Jorge Lima
Jose Costa