The First Arab Who Won the Bronze Medal Is Not of Arab Descent

Sergiu Toma is the one in blue, of Moldova at that time, in Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 11, 2008 in Beijing, China.
Sergiu Toma is the one in blue, of Moldova at that time, in Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 11, 2008 in Beijing, China.

 

The Emirati Judoka, Sergiu Toma, originally born in Moldova, was dubbed the first Arab to win a medal in the Summer Olympic Games, held in Rio de Janeiro.

 

After he defeated his Italian opponent, Matteo Marconcini and got placed third in the -81kg weight class, he told the National, “I’m very proud to represent the UAE and win the medal for them; I want to thank all the people in Moldova and the Emirates for helping me with my career. I dedicate this to them and to my mentor.”

 

The 29-year-old judoka also said he would win the medal for the UAE rather than Moldova. Toma had been representing Moldova in world championships since 2007, last time he participated as a Moldovan was in Paris 2011. He is one of the three Moldovan-born Emiratis competing in Rio this year.

 

Facebook, of course, erupted with trolls

 

 

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WE SAID THIS: People were not that negative when the German Zimmermann competed as Palestinian. Anyway, Mabrook Sergiu! 

 

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