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Al Sayel School strike it rich at the Abu Dhabi World Festival

Denzil Pinto 10/04/2017
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Al Sayel School could not have asked for a better start to their Abu Dhabi Jiu Jitsu World Festival after claiming a rich haul of medals on the opening day on Monday.

In the girls’ event at IPIC Arena, Shamma Al Mansoori (32kg white), Rawdha Al Hamoumi (40kg infant), Manal Al Jaidi (32kg junior) and Mahra Al Hameli (63kg junior), all of white belts, stood at the top of the podium after winning their bouts.

There was more success for the Abu Dhabi-based institution with Jawahir Noman (32kg) claiming silver, while Shaikha Akmeed (32kg infant) and Shamsa Al Shehhi (57kg junior) took bronzes.

Al Mansoori, 12, was delighted by her latest achievement and has lofty ambitions to go far in the sport. “I’m really happy to have won this medal,” she said. “I now want to improve and work hard to get the black belt.

“I’m really happy to win and will work harder from now on.”

More could be added by their collection on Tuesday when the teenagers take to the mat but their Brazilian head coach Gabriela de Ponte was thrilled with the impressive results.

“Most of the girls started to work with me and I’m delighted with the results,” she said. “Some of them like Rawdha and Shaikha have started training this year and ended up on the podium and so I’m more happy for them.”

She added: “Parents also turn up to support their girls which is the biggest change I would say. It boosts the morale of the child tremendously.”

In total more than 120 gold medals were won. Among the winners of their categories on Monday were Abeir Al Mesmari (48kg junior), Khadija Al Ali (44kg junior) and Reem Al Nuami (60kg infant).

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Sport in the UAE - Going Out: Giant Duathlon Series finale in Dubai

Jay Asser 9/04/2017
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Fight to the finish: A prize ceremony will follow the conclusion of the action.

Held at District One Cycling and Running Track on Friday, April 14, the event will be the final opportunity for competitors to accrue points towards final prizes.

Whether you’re someone who has taken part in previous races or getting your first taste of the duathlon, the series is perfect for all ages and abilities.

Several distances are on offer in a cycle, run and cycle format. The youngest competitors, aged up to 12, can attempt the Quarter Distance Duathlon, comprised of a 750m run, a 6km cycle and a 750m run to the finish line.

Older kids aged from 10 to 16, meanwhile, can compete in the Tweens and Teens Half Distance Duathlon, consisting of a slightly longer 1.5km run, a 12km cycle and 1.5km run.

Finally, the Full Distance Duathlon, open to all aged 14 and older, will offer the longest course with a 3km run, a 24km cycle and 3km run to cap the challenging race.

Event Details

  • What: Giant Duathlon Series Race 5
  • Where: District One Cycling and Running Track, Dubai
  • When: Friday, April 14 beginning at 07:00
  • Contact: Visit www.premieronline.com to sign up and race-me-events.com for more information

For those that want to compete as teams, mixed, all-male or all-female tandems are open for ages 13 and above in the Full Distance Duathlon.

Competitors won’t have to worry about vehicular traffic on the roads, with the courses designed to be as safe as possible.

Points will be awarded to the top 10 male and female individual competitors for each age group, as well as to the top five teams.

Following the races, a prize giving ceremony will be held with trophies given to first, second and third-place finishers in each category. To qualify, athletes must have entered and started a minimum of three races, with series points calculated by adding the points from the five best races out of six.

Register for the fifth and final race through www.premieronline.com. Race packs can be collected from the bike races one hour before the start of the race.

On the day, briefings for teens and adults will be at 06:40, followed by kids at 08:15. Races start from 07:00 for adults, with teens at 07:20 and kids at 08:30.

Don’t miss out on experiencing the Giant Duathlon Series one more time before the hiatus ahead of the next season.

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What sport is on in the UAE this week?

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Are you taking part in or attending an event?

Make sure you don’t miss out on any of this week’s events in what is another busy seven days in the UAE sporting calendar.

And, there’s certainly something for everyone on offer this week!

From AFC Champions League action to the COEGA Sunwear/GO Sport Mina Mile Open Water Swim Series, there’s heaps of events going on that are not to be missed.

Are you attending or participating in an event this week?

Let us know, using #360fans on Twitter or getting in touch via Facebook.

MONDAY, APRIL 10

AL JAZIRA VS AL FATEH – AFC CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Arabian Gulf League leaders Al Jazira turn their attentions to the AFC Champions League when they take on Al Fateh of Saudi Arabia at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium.

Currently bottom of the table without a win from their three games so far, Henk ten Cate’s side need to win or their dream of progressing to the knock-out stages of the competition are all but over.

VENUE: Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium
TIME: 19.45

Can Al Jazira get a win?

TUESDAY, APRIL 11

AL AIN VS AL AHLI JEDDAH – AFC CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Al Ain take on Al Ahli Jeddah in the group stages of AFC Champions League.

Zoran Mimic’s side are unbeaten after three games in the group stages and face top of the table Al Ahli at the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium.

Sitting second in the table, the home side can take confidence from their 2-2 draw against Al Ahli in Jeddah last month.

VENUE: Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium 
TIME:
19.35

Will Al Ain continue their unbeaten run?

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12

#IGNITEDXB NIGHT RUN SERIES

The summer might well be upon us but this hasn’t stopped Puma organising their iconic #IGNITEDXB third night run this month.

The series, backed by Dubai Sports Council, has already proved to be popular in major cities around the world and Dubai has been no different.

In the second race of the season, more than 500 runners took to the road and this week’s finale is set to be no different.

VENUE: The Track, Meydan
TIME: 19.30

Dig out your running shoes!

THURSDAY, APRIL 13

YAS SUPER STREET CHALLENGE

Yas Marina Circuit will be home to the exciting world of drag street racing this weekend, as the Yas Super Street Challenge lays down some rubber on its purpose built drag strip on Thursday and Friday.

Drivers from across the GCC and as far afield as Russia will come to battle it out for AED 25,000 in cash prizes as well as taking one step closer to becoming ‘King of the Street’.

Throughout the two-day event spectators will witness more than 100 racers putting their souped-up machines to the test in Round one of the region’s rawest, grittiest, ultra-competitive environment across five separate categories that include; ‘4×4 Super Street SUV’; ‘Index 11.5’; ‘Index 10.5’; ‘Index 9.0’ and ‘Super Street – Open Category’.

VENUE: Yas Marina Circuit
TIME: 
18:00

Action on the F1 track.

FRIDAY, APRIL 14

PORSCHE GT3 CUP CHALLENGE

The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge returns to the Middle East for an eighth time, showcasing the region’s top motorsport talent.

The format is considered to be the purest form of racing since competing drivers are restricted to the same model – Porsche 911 GT3.

Over the previous series, drivers have gone to race in competitions, such as the elite Porsche Supercup, the World Endurance Championship, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and even single seater GP2.

VENUE: Dubai Autodrome

Take in the motorsport action.

FRIDAY, APRIL 14

OCEANIC TRIATHLON SERIES

Following the success of the first-ever event last February, the Ocean Triathlon Series promises to be even better for one of the final races of the season held at Oceanic Hotel Resort and Spa, Khorfakkan.

Athletes of all abilities and experience can compete either as part of a team of three or individually in the two categories.

The short course is an 800-metre open water swim, followed by a 30km cycle and finally a 7km run.

For children as young as 10 years old, the supersprint course is the perfect way to get into the sport of triathlon with a 375m swim, 12km cycle and 2.5km run.

VENUE: Oceanic Hotel Resort and Spa, Khorfakkan
TIME: 06.15

Swim, run, bike.

SATURDAY, APRIL 15

COEGA SUNWEAR/GO SPORT MINA MILE OPEN WATER SWIM SERIES

The COEGA Sunwear/GO Sport Mina Mile Open Water Swim Series makes its final splash of the season at the Barasti Beach Club in Dubai.

The main event will be the one-mile (1,600 metres) swim, aimed for advanced and experienced swimmers. For those who feel that is out of reach, then the 400m and 800m categories are also on offer.

Alternatively, there are also kids races in the 200m, which is split into two categories – 8 years and under and 9 to 12s.

VENUE: Barasti
MORE INFO: www.supersportsuae.com

Swim with a view in Dubai.

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