Al Ain showed once again dominated the President’s Jiu-Jitsu Cup after finishing top of the fourth round with a rich haul of medals.
At the Baynounah Educational Complex in Al Dhafra, the Garden City club clinched 14 golds, four silvers and nine bronzes to accumulate 627 points. They finished just ahead of Al Wahda (627 points) and Al Jazira (422).
Among the medalists was Hilal Naser from Al Dhafra Sports Club. Competing in the U-18 youth category, he won bronze medal and expressed his pride in being part of the tournament.
“Winning a medal in a championship named after His Highness the President is an honor. The round was very powerful since it is brings together players of different belts into the same category,” he said.
Gold medalist Reem Al Hashemi of Al Jazira, said it was difficult to win the 49kg division, saying every competitor showed a high level of skill and determination to win.
“We achieved our goal for this round, and the performance was wonderful at various levels, especially the playing level,” said Al Hashemi. “We have benefited greatly from playing with different clubs and players of different belts, which allowed us to gain experience and learn from our mistakes.”
Mohammed Salem Al Dhaheri, vice-president of UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF), added: “The success of each round of this prestigious championship supports the strategic goals of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation in spreading the affinity for this sport amongst the UAE youth, and assuring the UAE’s position as an international hub for this sport.”
Mahra Polo edged a thriller against Zedan to qualify for the semi-finals of the McLaren Cup on Friday.
There wasn’t much in at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, with Mahra winning by 5.5 goals to 5 to book their place in the last four of the event.
It was even stevens for large parts of the singles contest, with Mahra holding a 4-3 lead at the interval, but the half goal handicap made all the difference as both teams kept going right until the end.
Jeronimo del Carril scored four for Mahra while Pablo Mac Donough, of Zedan, also netted a quadruple of goals in what turn out to be a classic five chukkers encounter in front of a large crowd in Dubai.
Victory means the Rashid Al Habtoor-owned team are the first side to reach this stage of the cup with a 2-2 win record.
The McLaren Cup, which is the opening trophy up for grabs in the Dubai Golf Cup Series 2018, continues this weekend with UAE Polo playing against Bin Drai.
The tournament runs until February 9 while the Polo Masters Cup (February 10-15), Julius Baer Gold Cup (February 16 to March 9) and The Dubai Cup (April 6-13) make up the other events in the series.
It was business as usual for Alistair Brownlee on Friday as the double Olympic triathlon champion returned from injury to romp to victory at the Ironman 70.3 Dubai.
The British star, who underwent hip surgery last August, returned in style and was first over the finish line at Umm Suqeim Beach in a time of three hours, 35 minutes and 32 seconds.
The 29-year-old finished more than six minutes ahead of second-placed Swiss Sven Riederer and his compatriot Ruedi Wild who came home in third.
The Ironman 70.3, or half Ironman as it is also known, consists of a 1.9km swim, a 90km bike ride and a 21.1km run.
Speaking after his victory, Brownlee said: “Obviously it is so fantastic to be back after too much time spent at the gym in the past six months.
“I did not feel great on the swim, had a couple of bad patches on the bike but on the run I just felt great, I was in control and I actually really enjoyed the last 10-18km. I was just soaking it in and enjoying the cheers.”
. @AliBrownleetri takes a glorious win; Top 5 men: Brownlee 3:35:32, @MooveMee 3:43:06, @ruediwild 3:42:44, @maurice_clavel 3:43:11, @NickKastelein 3:44:22 – courtesy: Bahrain Endurance 13 #IM703Dubai pic.twitter.com/1coES5Fb0G
— IronmanLIVE.com (@IRONMANLive) February 2, 2018
Brownlee, who turns 30 in April, also recorded the fastest bike split in a time of 1:58:51.
He added: “I am so happy to back to racing and while I had some rough patches in between, it’s an amazing feeling to be here and win here,”
With Dubai being the first event of three in the “Nasser Bin Hamad Triple Crown” series, the London 2012 and Rio 2016 gold medallist is well on course to win a $1million prize purse if he also claims the two remaining events in Bahrain and South Africa later this year.
In the women’s race, Germany’s Anne Haug secured the title and beat Britain’s Sarah Lewis and 2016 Ironman 70.3 world champion Holly Lawrence to seal top spot on the podium.
Haug ran the 21.1km half-marathon leg in an impressive one hour, 14 minutes, helping her to catch up with and overtake Lawrence who was leading for a section of the race.
The 35-year-old veteran eventually came home in 4:00:25, nearly five minutes ahead of Lewis while Lawrence faded.
For Haug, who is a former short-distance specialist, it was her second victory in three Ironman 70.3 races – adding to the titles she won in Lanzarote and Bahrain last year.
It means, like Brownlee, she is well on course to win a triple crown of events if she can triumph in the remaining two races of the series.