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UAE’s Jiu-Jitsu medal haul earns second in Vietnam

Ketbi and Mahra clinch gold as UAE get 22 gongs

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Abu Dhabi: UAE clinched 10 gold, eight silver and four bronze to finish second behind Thailand at the 2nd Asian Jiu-Jitsu Championship that concluded at Hanoi, Vietnam on Sunday.

Thailand topped the standings with 15 gold, 15 silver and 23 bronze medals while hosts Vietnam were third with seven gold, 12 silver and 24 bronze.

UAE’s blue-eyed boy Faisal Al Ketbi, fresh after his triumph at the World Games, failed to clinch gold in his weight — 94kg — but compensated for the missed chance by clinching gold in the open category.

In the Men NE-Waza / Seniors -94kg, Al Ketbi lost out to compatriot Zayed Obaid Rashed Humaid Al Kaabi and had to be content with silver. However, in the open category, Al Ketbi was at his supreme best and went on to tame teammate Yahya Mansoor by submission to claim gold.

Other gold winners for the UAE in the men’s category were Talib Saleh Mohamed, Saleh Al Kirbi, Obaid Salem Al Nuaimi, Said Juma Al Mazroui, Humaid Yaser, Humaid Rashed Al Kaabi, Omar Mohammed Alwan, Mohammed Al Fadhli, Khalifa Humaid Salen and Abdulla Al Kaabi.

Al Kirbi won gold in the Men NE-Waza / Seniors -69kg beating Singapore’s Ivan Chua Minglai while Al Nuaimi got the better of Atomasa Hiroyama of Thailand 7-0 via submission in the Men NE-Waza / Seniors -56kg category. Al Mazroui brushed aside the challenge from compatriot Zayed Saif Ali Mashlash Al Mansoori in the Men NE-Waza / Juniors, U21 -62kg while Humaid Al Kaabi proved too good for Thailand’s Sirapat Tanttatipanit.

Al Fadhli’s gold came in the Men NE-Waza / Aspirants, U18 -66kg where he defeated Thailand’s Monton Chatgeon. Khalifa Al Kaabi dashed the hopes of his teammate Hamad Mohammad Ali Nawad for gold in the Men NE-Waza / Aspirants, U18 -60kg.

In the female category, Hassa Thani Al Shamsi won gold for UAE in the NE-Waza / Aspirants, U18 / -63kg. She ended the fine run of countrymate Bashayer Fares Mohammad Al Matroushi. Mahra Al Hinaai was also in top form as she pocketed gold in the NE-Waza / Aspirants, U18 / -52kg weathering the challenge from Thailand’s Rattanaporn Thatthong.