Arabs won 16 medals at the Olympic Games
Athletes from Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan, Algeria, Qatar, Egypt, Tunisia and United Arab Emirates left Rio 2016 with medals from different competitions.
São Paulo – Athletes from Arab countries won 16 medals in the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Summer Olympic Games, which ended Sunday (21). From this total, achieved in different events, three were gold, four were silver and nine were bronze medals.
Bahrain achieved the best rank among Arab countries in the Olympics’ medal count, finishing 49th in the overall ranking, with a gold medal won by Ruth Jebet at women’s 3,000m steeplechase and a silver medal won by Eunice Jepkirui Kirwa in women’s marathon. Both athletes were born in Kenya, but competed for Bahrain.
Kuwait didn’t take part in the Games, since it was suspended by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), but Kuwaiti players competed as independent Olympic athletes and won medals. Fehaid Aldeehani won gold in men’s double trap, and Abdullah Alrashidi won a bronze medal in the same sport, but in the men’s skeet event. These results secured the 51st overall ranking for the independent athletes.
Jordan ended its participation with a gold medal, the country’s first ever in the Summer Olympic Games, won by Ahmad Abugaush in taekwondo, in men’s 58-68 kg category. The country reached 54th in the overall ranking.
Algeria placed 62nd in the overall ranking with two silver medals for runner Taoufik Makhloufi in the men’s 800 m and 1,500 m. In London 2012, Makhloufi won the men’s 1,500 m. He was the only athlete from an Arab nation to win two medals in Rio 2016.
Qatar finished 69th in the overall ranking with a silver medal won by Mutaz Essa Barshim in women’s high jump.
Egypt and Tunisia came tied in the 75th position in the overall ranking with three bronze medals each. Among the Egyptians, Sara Ahmed (women’s weightlifting 69 kg), Mohamed Mahmoud (men’s weightlifting 77 kg) and Hedaya Wahba (women’s taekwondo 49 to 57 kg) won medals.
Tunisians Ines Boubakri and Marwa Amri won bronze medals in women’s fencing, in the foil individual category, and in women’s freestyle wrestling 58 kg, respectively. Their countryman Oussama Oueslati won a bronze medal in taekwondo 68 to 80 kg.
There was also a tie at 78th in the overall rankings between Morocco and the United Arab Emirates, with each country winning a bronze medal. Moroccan Mohammed Rabii won the bronze medal in men’s welter weight (up to 69 kg) category, and the representative from the Gulf country Sergiu Toma won a bronze medal in men’s judo half-middleweight (73 to 81 kg).
*Translated by Sérgio Kakitani