Winners pose with the official during the presentation ceremony.
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
The UAE national team’s Under-18 stars showed the future of the sport in the Emirates is in safe hands, taking 15 more medals to lead the Jiu-Jitsu World Championship with 46 medals after an impressive display of technical ability on day three of Jiu-Jitsu World Championship (JJWC) action at the Jiu-Jitsu Arena in Abu Dhabi’s Zayed Sport City.
The UAE leads the medal table with 46 podium finishes, comprising 16 golds, 14 silvers, and 16 bronze medals.
The UAE sits ahead of the RJF team’s 36 medals — including 14 gold 14 silver, and 8 bronze — with Kazakhstan in third place with 33 medals, including 7 gold, 6 silver, and 20 bronze medals.
The Under-18 athletes’ haul of seven gold, four silver and four bronze medals adds to the 14 medals won by the Under-16 team on Sunday and the 17-medal haul claimed by the Under 21 side on Monday.
The record haul has seen the UAE named the event’s ‘Best Team of the Under-21 Category’ and ‘Best Team of the Under-18 Category’.
Ibrahim Al Hosani, coach of the Under-18 players, said: “The performance of every member of the team was extremely special today. The team fully deserved their medals, and those who did not make it to the podium should be very proud of themselves as they fought like warriors.
“Each and every one of them will learn something they can take forward to the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship next week.
“The players who didn’t make it to the podium will learn from their defeat and the ones who made it had to battle against some quality opposition to get there – this is wonderful preparation for the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship,” he added.
Gameah Al Hammadi got the first medal of the UAE haul on day three with gold in the women’s -70kg category, with Sabah Al Rasbi claiming bronze in the same division.
Shamma Al Mezaini also secured gold in the -40kg category, while Aysha Al Shamsi came out on top in the -44kg division with Lolwa Al Hosani alongside her on the podium after securing bronze.
Balqees Abdul Kareem Abdulla followed the lead with gold in the -48kg category, with Muhrah Mahfoudh and Shamma Al Nofeli claiming silver and bronze in the -70kg division.
Balqees said: “This was a great achievement to win gold and it was an honour to represent the UAE. I would like to dedicate this win to Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Al Ketbi (Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, President of the General Women’s Union – Chairwoman of Motherhood and Childhood Supreme Council) she is our role model and inspiration.”
The UAE’s Under-18 male athletes were also impressive on the mats. Mohammed Talal Salem Al Kaabi got their first medal of the day with gold in the -46kg category, getting the better of Mohammed Saeed Binhajar Mohammed Al Shehhi in an all-UAE final.
The -55kg category also saw an all-Emirati final, with Mohammed Saeed Ali Buqhaid AlKetbi getting the better of teammate Zayed Thani Hayee Bin Zayoud Al Shamsi in a pulsating encounter that had the crowd on the edge of their seats.
Saif AlMansoori picked up silver in the -81kg division, while Suhail Ismail Torkman secured a deserved bronze in the -50kg division. Faraj Khaled Al Awlaqi added to the UAE haul with the final gold of the day in the -73kg category.
He said: “I’m honoured to win gold and I could not have done this without the dedication and the efforts of the federation and the coaching team.
“We are working with the best technical teams to prepare for this incredible opportunity to represent our country. Now that I have won gold, which was my ambition, I will prepare immediately for the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship later this month,” he added.
'Thanks to the vision and the utmost support of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed, the UAE has established its position as the home of jiu-jitsu.'
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