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Dominican Republic has entered one dressage rider into the Olympic equestrian competition by virtue of a top finish from Central & South America in the individual FEI Olympic rankings, signifying the nation's Olympic debut in the sport.

Dominican Republic has qualified one judoka for the men's half-lightweight category (66 kg) at the Games.

This was the nation's fourteenth consecutive appearance at the Summer Olympics.

The Dominican Republic Olympic Committee (Spanish: The nation's full roster was smaller by six athletes than in London 2012, and also featured its highest number of male participants in Olympic history since 1992.

Among the sports represented by the nation's athletes, Dominican Republic made its Olympic debut in archery, road cycling, equestrian, and tennis.

Seven athletes from the Dominican Republic previously competed in London at the 2012 Olympics, including weightlifters Beatriz Pirón and Yuderqui Contreras, American-based freestyle swimmer Dorian Mc Menemy, and sprinter and former Youth Olympian Luguelín Santos, who earned a silver in the men's 400 metres.

The lone returning medalist from the previous Games, Santos was selected to lead the Dominican Republic delegation as the flag bearer in the opening ceremony.

Several of the nation's athletes narrowly missed out of the podium in their respective sporting events, including Pirón (fourth, women's 48 kg), Contreras (sixth, women's 58 kg), fellow weightlifter Luis García (eighth, men's 56 kg), and half-lightweight judoka Wander Mateo (seventh, men's 66 kg).

Dominican Republic competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016.

Dominican Republic entered three athletes into the taekwondo competition at the Olympics.

2015 Pan American silver medalist Luis Pie, and newcomers Moisés Hernández and Katherine Rodríguez secured the spots each in the men's flyweight (58 kg), men's welterweight (80 kg), and women's heavyweight ( 67 kg) category, respectively, by virtue of their top two finish at the 2016 Pan American Qualification Tournament in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

A draw determines opponents, but top-ranked boxers are seeded to ensure they do not meet in the early rounds.

The losers of the semifinal bouts do not face each other in a bronze medal bout; instead both are awarded bronze medals. There are five judges for each bout, each given a randomly selected position around the ring.

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