The Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) first competed at the Olympic Games in 1968 as Congo Kinshasa.
All five members of the team were cyclists. The country was known as Zaire from 1972–97. Most of their Olympians have competed in either athletics or men's boxing.
They returned to Olympic Games action at Los Angeles 1984, when Christine KUNGU BAKOMBO ran the 800m. She was the country's first female competitor. She carried the flag at the Opening Ceremony. She also raced over 400m and 800m at the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games. On her third and final Olympic appearance, she finished 37th in the marathon.
Masini SITU KUMBANGA contested the men's 5000m and the marathon at the Los Angeles 1984 Games.
Kaleka MUTOKE appeared at three Olympic Games. He completed the marathon in 1988 and 1996 but also competed in the men's 1500m and 4x400m relay at the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games.
In 1996, Willy KALOMBO MWENZE finished 16th in the men's marathon at the Atlanta Games. He had placed 50th four years earlier.
Gary KIKAYE made the semifinals of the men's 400m at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008. DR Congo's team of five at Beijing 2008 were spread over four sports.
Debout Kongolaise (Arise Congelese)
Anthem: Year of Induction
Written by Joseph LUTUMBA and composed by Simon-Pierre BOKA di MPASI LONDI.
Official NOC name
IOC recognition date
NOC President's name
Mr Amos MBAYO KITENGE
NOC General Secretary's name
Mr Alain BADIASHILE KAYATSHI
Year of first appearance in an Olympic Games
Number of appearances in Olympic Games
9, including London 2012