UAE jiu-jitsu stars secured an incredible 18 medals, including six gold, in front of their passionate and vocal home support on the second day of adult competition at the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2014.
The free-to-attend event sees the world’s best judokas compete for the title of Best Professional Jiu- Jitsu fighter in their belt category.
Emirati Fighters Eid Reehan (male blue/purple belt, master 2, +100kg) and Taleb Saleh (male blue/purple belt, master 1, 70kg)set the tone early on, securing a gold medal each for their home country.
They were soon followed by Musabbeh Mohamed Khateri (male white belt, master 1, 70kg), Khaled Saleem (male white belt, adult +100kg), Ibrahim Abdalla Al Naqbi (male white belt, adult, 94kg) and Jaber Al Darai (male blue/purple belt, master 1, 82kg.
Taking home silver medals for the UAE were Mohammed Darwish, Abdulaziz al Jaberi, Hamad Al Dhuhouri, Hassan Al Rumaithi and Obaid Khamis Al Kaabi, while it was bronze for Shehab Ahmed Hawai, Mustafa Bashir Faraj,Khasooni, Ahmad Suhail Al Ketbi, Mohammed Naser Al Musaabi and Khalfan Humaid.
Shamsa Hassan took home the bronze medal in the female blue belt, adult, 60kg category.
“It was an especially proud day as our Emirati fighters collected their medals in front of packed stands,” said Abdulmunem Al Hashemi, chairman of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation and president of the Asian Jiu-Jitsu Union.
“With one more day to go, the championship is building to an incredible crescendo.”