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UAE adds 19 medals at Jiu-Jitsu Asian Youth Championship

Action from Day 2 of day two of the Jiu-Jitsu Asian Youth Championship in Abu Dhabi. (UAEJJF)
Action from Day 2 of day two of the Jiu-Jitsu Asian Youth Championship in Abu Dhabi. (UAEJJF)
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09 May 2024 12:05:08 GMT9
09 May 2024 12:05:08 GMT9
  • Hosts won of five gold, two silver, and 12 bronze medals in the U-18 division at Mubadala Arena

Arab News

ABU DHABI: Emirati athletes excelled on day two of the Jiu-Jitsu Asian Youth Championship, winning five gold medals and raising the UAE’s total medal count to 28.

In Tuesday’s U-18 division jiu-jitsu competition, the host nation’s athletes stood out on the mats, securing an impressive tally of five golds, two silvers, and 12 bronze medals.

Featuring competitions for athletes under 16, 18, and 21 years old, the ongoing Jiu-Jitsu Asian Youth Championship is part of the eighth Jiu-Jitsu Asian Championship held under the patronage of Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, at Mubadala Arena from May 3-8.

The second day of the youth competitions witnessed action in various disciplines including duo-classic, show, jiu-jitsu, and jiu-jitsu fighting. The UAE Jiu-Jitsu National Team’s medals came in the jiu-jitsu discipline, the only category it is participating in.

Salem Alqubaisi (-56 Kg), Alanood Alharbi (-44kg), Abdulla Ahmed Aldarmaki (+85kg), and Zamzam Al-Hammadi (-57 kg) shone with gold medals for the hosts, while Shamsa Alameri (-48kg) and Khuloud Alblooshi (+70kg) bagged silver.

Haira Aldaheri (-40kg), Maitha Almezaini (-48kg), Mouza Alrashdi (-52kg), Saif Alblooshi (-44kg), Ebrahim Almansoori (+85kg), Mansoor Alblooshi (-48kg), Theyab Darmaki (-48kg), Obaid Saeed Alketbi (-52kg), Omar Younis Alraeesi (-52kg), Harib Alhammadi (-62kg), Ali Alteneiji (-77kg), and Majed Alshamsi (-85kg) took bronze.

“Despite their young age, our youth athletes demonstrated exceptional technical proficiency,” said Youssef Al-Batran, board member of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation. “This accomplishment underscores the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation’s dedication to cultivating talent and creating a generation that proudly represents the UAE on the global stage.”

Khalifa Salem Andeez, the father of the athlete Ahmed Khalifa Andeez, was among the fans cheering for the under-18 athletes who took to the mats on Tuesday.

“I am here to encourage my son, who is participating in the 69 kg competition,” he said. “He performed well and reached the semi-finals. He couldn’t bag a gold medal today, but I am sure he will learn from his experience and perform better and aim for higher achievements.”

Salem Alqubaisi, the -56 kg gold winner, added: “There is no doubt that achieving the gold medal in the Jiu-Jitsu Asian Championship is a historic achievement for me that will keep me motivated to perform even better in the upcoming championships. I am extremely grateful to everyone who supported me in my journey towards the gold medal.”

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