UAE Olympic win: Middle Eastern-based athlete takes judo medal!
Second ever medal
The UAE's judoka Sergiu Toma claimed the bronze medal at the Rio Olympics after defeating Italy's Matteo Marconcini in the Men's 81kg category. The win marks the UAE's second Olympic podium win after shooter Sheikh Ahmed bin Hasher's gold victory at the Athens Games in 2004. Toma, originally born in Moldova, is ranked ninth in the world and overcame his semi-final defeat to Russia's Khasan Khalmurzaev to earn his place in the UAE history books.
Congratulations to Sergiu Toma and the UAE!
Fellow Moldova-born UAE judoka Ivan Remarenco will be competing in the Men's 100kg on Thursday. Until then, read about another history-maker at the Rio Games as Ibtihaj Muhammad became the first US Olympian to compete in a hijab.