UAE's Omar Al Fadhli celebrates at the podium after winning gold in 62 kg category.
Zayed Al Katheeri and Omar Al Fadhli won gold medals for the UAE in the 56 kg and 62 kg category respectively on Saturday at the Jiu-Jitsu World Championship 2019 at the Mubadala Arena in Abu Dhabi.
“The next generation has risen, and in style!” were the first words out of UAE Jiu-Jitsu National Team’s head coach Ramon Lemos’ mouth, a satisfied smile planted wide across his face, as he saw Katheeri and Fadhli proudly pose with their gold medals.
Interestingly, Katheeri emulated teammate Fadhli in clinching the gold in both the under-21 category and the adult’s category. The 19-year-old was crowned the winner in the under-21 category’s 56 kg division last week and said that winning two gold medals in the space of a week was an extremely incredible feeling.
“Right from the first time I stepped on the mat today, I was absolutely clear about my strategy. The coaching team and I had worked hard on analyzing my opponents and how to best counter them. I am extremely proud to have won two gold medals for my country and these would not be possible without the UAEJJF’s constant support, their ability to provide us with the right facilities and coaching, and the support of all the people in this arena who gave me a huge boost with their energy,” said Katheeri.
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