Tajikistan at the Olympics

Tajikistan first competed at the Olympic Games as a sovereign country in 1996. Prior to this, athletes from the region of Tajikistan competed at the Olympic Games under the former country of the Soviet Union. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, they were part of the Unified Team in 1992.

Tajik athletes who competed under the USSR team and won medals are Yuri Lobanov, Zebiniso Rustamova, Nellie Kim and Andrey Abduvaliyev.

Tajikistan formally broke into the Olympic medal column at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics when its boxer Rasul Bogiev captured the bronze medal in the men’s 73-kg category in the judo competition, then it was followed by a silver medal courtesy of Yusup Abdusalomov who captured the silver medal in the men’s freestyle 84 kg in wrestling.

The nation finally won the highly-coveted Olympic gold for the first time when Dilshod Nazarov ruled the men’s hammer throw event in athletics at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympic Games. Mavzuna Chonieva became the first woman athlete to win an Olympic medal by copping the bronze medal in the women’s lightweight category in the boxing competition.

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