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Wait for jiu-jitsu youth world gold finally over for Emirati

Denzil Pinto 17/04/2017
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Humaid Al Kaabi with his gold medal.

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.”

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Omar Nour - Egyptian star preparing for ultimate challenge

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All smiles: Triathlete Omar Nour.

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.

Follow him on social media and online.

Website: www.omarnour.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/OmarNourTriathlon
Instagram: @o.n.tri
Twitter: @OmarNour

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