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UAE judo star Sergiu Toma wins bronze at Rio 2016 Olympics

United Arab Emirates's Sergiu Toma celebrates after defeating Italy's Matteo Marconcini during their men's -81kg judo contest bronze medal A match of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 9, 2016. 

The first -81kg bronze medal contest saw TOMA up against Almaty Grand Prix silver medallist Matteo MARCONCINI (ITA) as the Italian team continued to exceed expectations. TOMA delighted the many UAE supporters as he threw with a sumi-gaeshi to win a first ever Olympic judo medal for his country and only their second ever Olympic Games medal in any sport. The UAE had previously won golden at the 2004 Athens Olympics in shooting.  



Mr. Naser AL-TAMIMI, UAE Judo Federation General Secretary, reflected on an emotional day for his country. "It's difficult to express my feelings right now. After London in 2012, day-by-day, hour after hour I was thinking of a moment like this. It's pure happiness. He deserves it. The group is working hard and today, with Toma's success they all reached their goal.“





Former world champion TCHRIKISHVILI faced current world champion NAGASE Takanori (JPN) for the second -81kg bronze medal after the Japanese fighter was left reeling after a shock quarter-final loss to TOMA (UAE) bya  yuko.


NAGASE defeated Georgia’s number on seed by a yuko as TCHRIKISHVILI had to settle for fifth-place. 




Bronze Medal Fights

TOMA, Sergiu (UAE) vs MARCONCINI, Matteo (ITA)
TCHRIKISHVILI, Avtandili (GEO) vs NAGASE, Takanori (JPN)


KHALMURZAEV, Khasan (RUS) vs TOMA, Sergiu (UAE)



Final Results

1. KHALMURZAEV, Khasan (RUS)  
2. STEVENS, Travis (USA)   
3. TOMA, Sergiu (UAE)   
3. NAGASE, Takanori (JPN) 
5. MARCONCINI, Matteo (ITA) 
5. TCHRIKISHVILI, Avtandili (GEO)   
7. IVANOV, Ivaylo (BUL)   
7. VALOIS-FORTIER, Antoine (CAN)  

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