Azerbaijan National Team practice at HK Taekwondo (2012).
Azerbaijan at the Olympics 2012
Azerbaijan competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom, from 27 July to 12 August 2012. This was the nation’s fifth consecutive appearance at the Olympics in the post-Soviet era.
The National Olympic Committee of the Azerbaijani Republic sent the nation’s largest delegation to the Games. A total of 53 athletes, 39 men and 14 women, competed in 15 sports. There was only a single competitor in road cycling, equestrian show jumping, fencing, and shooting. The Azerbaijani athletes also included their only defending champion, judoka Elnur Mammadli, who became the nation’s flag bearer at the opening ceremony.
Azerbaijan left London with a total of 10 medals (2 gold, 2 silver, and 6 bronze), which doubled the nation’s overall medal count at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.
This was also the nation’s most successful Olympics, winning the largest number of medals received at a single games. More than half of these medals were awarded in wrestling, including gold medals won by Toghrul Asgarov and Sharif Sharifov from the men’s freestyle events.