Now it’s Sergiu Toma who will also have his name in the UAE history books, after his epic win against Italy’s Matteo Marconcini and subsequent bronze medal in the -81kg weight class.
Having narrowly lost to Russia’s Khasan Khalmurzaev in the semi-finals, the 29 year old defeated Marconcini by Ippon, the highest score a judoka can achieve.
Toma is one of three UAE judokas competing in Rio, with Victor Scvortov losing in the -78kg weight class at the last-16 stage on Monday and Ivan Remarenco still in with a chance in the -100kg on Thursday.
"I’m very proud to represent the UAE and win the medal for them," Toma said after his fight.
"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."
AND HERE'S TO SHEIKH AHMAD BIN MOHAMMAD BIN HASHER AL MAKTOUM, THE UAE'S FIRST MEDAL WINNER
Sheikh Ahmad bin Mohammad bin Hasher Al Maktoum, a member of Dubai's ruling family, only took up the sport when he was 34 even though he had been behind the barrel of a gun since a young age.
"I was born into a family where all they knew was shooting," he said.
"My father and grandfather were both shooters. I loved shooting when I was a kid and would leave my bike to get rusty but clean my gun every day."
After his Olympic gold in Athens, Sheikh Ahmad went on to coach British shooter Peter Wilson, who became the youngest ever gold medallist in the double trap event at London 2012.