Erison Hurtault carries the Dominica flag accompanied by Luan Gabriel, coach Joel Hamilton and Felix Wilson acting president of the Dominica Olympic Committee.
London, England (TDN) -- Dominica joined 204 other countries in a mind blowing opening ceremony as the London Olympics got off to a spectacular start. More than 80 heads of state were present at the ceremony seen by an estimated one billion people from across the globe.
Over the next two weeks more than 10 000 athletes will compete for dominance in more than 20 disciplines.
Two athletes will represent Dominica joining nine other countries who will field just two athletes. The countries are Mauritania, Gambia, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, the British Virgin Islands, Somalia, Bhutan, and Nauru.
The country will be represented by two athletes Luan Gabriel and Erison Hurtault with Joel Hamilton serving as Coach and Chef de Mission.
Sixteen year old Luan Gabriel is a sensational athlete who earlier this year claimed Dominicaís first gold medal ever on the track at the CARIFATA Games, when she won the Girls Under-seventeen 200 metres title in a time of 24.09 seconds.
Gabriel enters the Olympics as an unqualified athlete under the IOCís universal placement based on gender equity and her inclusion is seen mainly as a way of gaining experience at the highest level.
Dominica first participated in the Olympics in 1996 in Atlanta.