Humaid Al Kaabi’s months of preparation finally paid off as the young Emirati battled through pain to claim his maiden gold at the Abu Dhabi World Jiu-Jitsu Youth Championship.
The 17-year-old teenager fell short of his quest to stand at the top of the podium last year, settling for bronze. But this time, he reigned supreme in the blue 66kg division after defeating Belgium’s Henri Duchateau 2-0.
“Since last April I had made it my goal to win the gold medal and I swear to God I put my everything to make it happen,” he said, who was competing in the youth category for the final time.
“Today my body felt before the final as if I have to give up the fight as it was hurting me a lot. I had lost considerable amount of weight.
“I will keep to train hard and continue working hard. I had trained so hard this year that I couldn’t walk after my training. And in the end this gold medal is worth all that hardwork.
“This is the biggest achievement for me in my life and hopefully I will move up a belt next year.”
Al Kaabi was one of 400 Emiratis to take to the mat at the IPIC Arena with the UAE topping the medal table with 45 golds, 50 silvers and 75 bronzes.
Russia finished second with a haul of 35 medals (13 golds, five silvers and 17 bronzes) with Kazakhstan in third with 21 (seven golds, six silvers and eight bronzes).
Among the winners for Jordan was seventeen-year-old Abdula Mohammed Shouga, who won in the 94kg blue belt division.
“I have been practicing jiu-jitsu for five years and this is my third year at the Abu Dhabi World Youth Jiu-Jitsu Championship,” he said.
“Today’s competition was challenging for me but it was also very exciting. Today was a great day for me, I am so happy to have won the gold medal.”
For Jassim Al Mansoure, he was thrilled his children – Mohammed and Seif won gold.
He said: “I am really happy that my children have had the chance to participate in the Abu Dhabi World Youth Jiu-Jitsu Championship and both were able to take home gold in their categories. I help them train every day and we train two hours every day. I believe that the sport is going from strength to strength not only in the UAE but across the world.”
“I would like to thank the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation for all their hard work, not only for putting on a great Championship but for what they do for Jiu-Jitsu, because of them Abu Dhabi is now known as the Capital of Jiu-Jitsu and they have created a new generation of champions. This has really raise the bar for the sport itself.”
Omar Nour is the first Egyptian professional triathlete in history. He represents his country in the Olympic triathlon circuit and is the fastest Arabic-speaking triathlete in the world.
At the age of 29, he weighed in at 105 kg – after ripping his suit pants (twice!), he turned his life around by signing up for this first ever triathlon. Just two short years later, Nour earned his pro-card and started his professional triathlon career at age 31.
Although Nour’s results as an athlete have elevated his profile, his approachable, lighthearted, “larger than life” personality is what makes him a crowd favorite.
Nour has successfully launched his own brand “o.n.” which is synonymous to healthy living and lifestyle, and is an active motivational speaker – passionate about educating and motivating adults and children alike to pursue their dreams.
Nour is an avid entrepreneur having started numerous companies with his younger brother. Most recently the duo has successfully launched Enduro Supply – a sports goods distribution company, and Ventum – the fastest time trial bicycle in the world.
Nour has a triple major and pre-med degree from The John Hopkins University, and speaks Arabic, French, English and German.
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Introducing my team mate, THE @omarsamra! Omar is just a regular kinda guy. If you can call climbing Mount Everest, completing the 7-Summits and skiing the North and South Pole the kind of thing a 'regular kinda guy' does. 😜 But most importantly, he's been a great friend to me since I met him back in 2013. So when he approached me last year with a crazy challenge, I just couldn't say no! Any ideas what we'll be doing?? #TeamO2 #itsbeginning #ihopewedontkilleachother
Omar Samra, is an adventurer, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, future astronaut, and U.N. goodwill ambassador.
He’s the first Egyptian to climb Mount Everest, the 7 Summits and ski to both the North and South Pole. The feat, dubbed ‘The Adventurer’s Grand Slam’ has been completed by less than 40 people in history.
As a public figure, Samra is best known for his passion and perseverance. Since his early days of backpacking around the world in 370 days, he’s succeeded in inspiring millions to dream big and reach their full potential.
Samra holds a degree in Economics from the American University in Cairo and an MBA from London Business School in Entrepreneurship.
He worked as an investment banker and private equity professional in London, Hong Kong, Dubai and Cairo, before starting up his own company, Wild Guanabana, in 2009. Samra also founded and sits on the board of a children’s charity, Marwa Fayed’s Toy Run, which has touched the lives of more than 100,000 kids around the world.
Samra is now ready to take on a new challenge, this time alongside Egyptian triathlete Omar Nour. Stay tuned for the big reveal!
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