United Arab Emirates at the 2016 Summer Olympics

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United Arab Emirates at the
2016 Summer Olympics
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg
NOCUnited Arab Emirates National Olympic Committee
Websiteolympic.ae (in Arabic)
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors13 in 6 sports
Flag bearerNada Al-Bedwawi[1]
Ranked 78th
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

United Arab Emirates competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, from 5 to 21 August 2016. This was the nation's ninth consecutive appearance at the Summer Olympics.

The United Arab Emirates National Olympic Committee selected a team of 13 athletes, 9 men and 4 women, to compete in six different sports at the Games.[2] The nation's full roster in Rio de Janeiro was half the size of the delegation sent to London (26 athletes), and had the largest share of female athletes in its Summer Olympic history.

The Emirati roster featured five naturalized athletes: three Moldovan-born judokas Victor Scvortov, Sergiu Toma, and Ivan Remarenco, and two Ethiopian-born runners Alia Saeed Mohammed and Betlhem Desalegn.[3] Other notable athletes on the Emirati team included skeet shooter Saeed Al-Maktoum, who competed at his fifth consecutive Games as the most experienced member, and freestyle swimmer Nada Al-Bedwawi, who was selected by the committee, as the youngest member (aged 19), to carry the Emirati flag in the opening ceremony.[1][2]

United Arab Emirates left Rio de Janeiro with its first Olympic medal since double trap shooter Ahmed Al Maktoum topped the podium in Athens 2004. It was awarded to three-time judoka Toma, who took the bronze in men's half-middleweight category (81 kg).[4]


Medal Name Sport Event Date
 Bronze Sergiu Toma Judo Men's 81 kg 9 August


Emirati athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event):[5][6]

  • Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
  • Q = Qualified for the next round
  • q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
  • NR = National record
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round

Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Saud Al-Zaabi Men's 1500 m 4:02.35 13 Did not advance
Betlhem Desalegn Women's 1500 m DNS Did not advance
Alia Saeed Mohammed Women's 10000 m N/A 31:56.74 23



United Arab Emirates has qualified one rider in the men's Olympic road race by virtue of his top two individual ranking at the 2015 Asian Championships, signifying the nation's Olympic comeback to the sport for the first time since 1996.[7][8]

Athlete Event Time Rank
Yousif Mirza Men's road race Did not finish


United Arab Emirates has qualified three judokas for each of the following weight classes at the Games. Moldovan-born Victor Scvortov and London 2012 Olympian Sergiu Toma were ranked among the top 22 eligible judokas for men in the IJF World Ranking List of May 30, 2016, while Ivan Remarenco at men's half-heavyweight (100 kg) earned a continental quota spot from the Asian region, as the highest-ranked Emirati judoka outside of direct qualifying position.[9][10]

Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Victor Scvortov Men's −73 kg Bye  Mater (YEM)
W 101–000
 Ono (JPN)
L 000–100
Did not advance
Sergiu Toma Men's −81 kg Bye  Maresch (GER)
W 101–000
 Penalber (BRA)
W 101–001
 Nagase (JPN)
W 001–000
 Khalmurzaev (RUS)
L 100–000
Bye  Marconcini (ITA)
W 100–000
3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Ivan Remarenco Men's −100 kg Bye  Bouyacoub (ALG)
L 000–010
Did not advance


Emirati shooters have achieved quota places for the following events by virtue of their best finishes at the 2014 and 2015 ISSF World Championships, the 2015 ISSF World Cup series, and Asian Championships, as long as they obtained a minimum qualifying score (MQS) as of March 31, 2016.[11]

Athlete Event Qualification Semifinal Final
Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank
Khaled Al-Kaabi Men's double trap 134 9 Did not advance
Saeed Al-Maktoum Men's skeet 118 17 Did not advance
Saif bin Futtais 114 29 Did not advance

Qualification Legend: Q = Qualify for the next round; q = Qualify for the bronze medal (shotgun)


United Arab Emirates has received a Universality invitation from FINA to send two swimmers (one male and one female) to the Olympics.[12][13][14]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Yaaqoub Al-Saadi Men's 100 m backstroke 59.58 37 Did not advance
Nada Al-Bedwawi Women's 50 m freestyle 33.42 78 Did not advance


United Arab Emirates has received an unused quota place from IWF to send a female weightlifter to the Olympics.[15][16]

Athlete Event Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank
Ayesha Al-Balooshi Women's −58 kg 72 16 90 16 162 16

See also[edit]


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  4. ^ McAuley, John (10 August 2016). "UAE at Rio 2016: Judoka Sergiu Toma goes in history books with a bronze for country's second medal". Abu Dhabi: The National. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
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  11. ^ "Quota Places by Nation and Number". www.issf-sports.org/. ISSF. 30 May 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  12. ^ "Swimming World Rankings". FINA. Archived from the original on 6 January 2011. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  13. ^ "Rio 2016 – FINA Swimming Qualification System" (PDF). Rio 2016. FINA. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  14. ^ Rogers, Jack (17 July 2016). "A guide to the Rio 2016 Olympics and the UAE's athletes". What's On. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  15. ^ "Second day of the IWF Executive Board meeting in Tbilisi". International Weightlifting Federation. 23 June 2016. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  16. ^ "UAE women's weightlifters handed Rio Olympics spot after doping crackdown". Sport 360. 25 June 2016. Retrieved 26 June 2016.

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