United Arab Emirates (UAE) at the Olympics

The United Arab Emirates made its debut in the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles in 1984 and appeared in the much-revered sporting event since then.

UAE won its first ever medal, that is, a gold medal at the 2004 Athens Summer Olympic Games courtesy of Ahmed Al Maktoum who finished in the top spot in the men’s double trap event in shooting. Twelve years later, UAE took its second medal in 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games when its judoka SergiuToma seized the bronze in the men’s half-heavyweight division 81 kg.

During the 2016 Olympiad UAE paraded 13 athletes (9 men and 4 women) which is half of what it sent in the previous Games. In the 2012 edition of the Games, the nation had largest share of women competitors in its Olympics history. The nation’s campaign in Rio was bolstered with five naturalized athletes (three Moldovan judokas and a couple of Ethiopian-born runners.

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