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Hazza Farhan brought glory to the UAE by winning gold in the open-weight category Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: The UAE national jiu-jitsu team continued their impressive performance on the second day of the Jiu-Jitsu World Championship, securing four more medals — two gold, one silver, and one bronze. Khaled Al Shehhi and Hazza Farhan clinched the gold medals, while Shamsa Al Amri and Mohammad Alsuwaidi earned silver and bronze respectively.

Al Shehhi secured gold in the 62kg weight category, reaffirming his global dominance in the division and achieving his fourth consecutive world championship title. Meanwhile, Hazza Farhan brought glory to the UAE by winning gold in the open-weight category. Additionally, Shamsa Al Amri earned a silver in the 57kg weight category, while Muhammad Al Suwaidi secured a bronze in the 69kg weight category.

On Tuesday, the UAE won four medals, and with an additional four medals secured on Wednesday, the total tally now stands at eight. The UAE is currently leading the table and is well-positioned to clinch the championship title for the fourth straight year. The championship, being held in the Mongolian capital, Ulaanbaatar, will continue until July 20.

Brilliant performances

Mubarak Al Menhali, Director of the Technical Department at the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation, praised the team’s performance. “Today, our champions demonstrated brilliant performances against elite international athletes, and the matches showcased a high level of technical expertise. It showed our experienced fighters reaching the podium and making significant contributions to enhance the country’s overall medal tally.

“The weight categories in which our male and female champions participated demanded a high level of competition, as anticipated by the coaching staff headed by Ramon Lemos. The athletes were trained accordingly, using new methods and techniques to improve their performance, and they strictly followed instructions, enabling them to overcome the most challenging moments in the fights,” Al Menhali added.

Khaled Al Shehhi secured gold in the 62kg weight category. Image Credit: Supplied

Meanwhile, Al Shehhi expressed his joy at winning the gold and proudly raising his country’s flag on the podium. “The training and facilities provided by the UAEJJF paved the way for UAE athletes to excel and take a leading role in the sport, boosting the country’s reputation in major tournaments like this. We are eager to learn from this achievement and are confident that it will further motivate us to intensify our preparations for upcoming competitions. We promise our fans that we will persistently strive for more titles and bring glory to the nation,” he added.

Hazza Farhan, the world open weight champion, too expressed his joy. “Coach Ramon’s instructions were spot on, especially during the challenging final match. I dedicate this achievement to every single Emirati and to all those who believed in our capabilities and gave us the confidence to compete in major international tournaments. We are grateful that we lived up to our expectations.”

'Months of sacrifices'

Shamsa Al Amiri, the silver medallist in the 57kg category, expressed pride in her medal. “Although I aimed for gold, I am glad about my performance today. This achievement is the result of months of effort, sacrifices, and diligent preparation. I dedicate it to the wise leadership, officials of the UAEJJF, fans, supporters of the national team, and the people of the UAE.”

On Thursday, competitions will continue with weight categories including 56kg and 77kg for men, and 48kg and 63kg for women. Omar AlSuwaidi, Theyab Alnuaimi, Mahdi Alawlaqi, Faraj Alalwlaqi, Hamda Alshekeili, Sara Alhamadi, and Shamma Al Kalbani will participate in these competitions.

Al Kalbani, competing in the 63kg weight category, expressed confidence in their team’s achievements. “We pledge to do our best to win more medals and secure the championship title for the UAE. We are fully aware of the responsibility entrusted to us and are ready to face the challenge,” she said.