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FINA High Diving World Cup action in Abu Dhabi this weekend

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The capital will be dazzled by the world’s best high divers this weekend as the FINA High Diving World Cup hits the waters of Abu Dhabi.

Held on Friday and Saturday at Abu Dhabi Yas Marina, the fourth edition of the competition, together with the UAE Swimming Federation and Abu Dhabi Sports Council, athletes will compete for prize money and bragging rights.

Spectators are granted free entry to witness for the event where men divers plunge in from 27 metres high, while women will attempt their dives from 20m.

The winning man and woman will earn $10,000, while second place will net $9,000 and third place $8,000.


Last year’s event, also held in Abu Dhabi, saw Gary Hunt top the podium for the men and Lysanne Richard for the women.








Great Britain’s Hunt finished with a total of 639.30 points and Canadian Richard accumulated 253.80 points to earn gold.


Both divers will return to the capital this weekend to defend their titles in a deep and diverse field.






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Al Ketbi and Junior big winners at Abu Dhabi World Jiu-Jitsu Awards

Denzil Pinto 23/04/2017
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The award winners.

UAE’s top-ranked Faisal Al Ketbi and newly-crowned World No.1 pair Jose Junior and Nathiely Melo De Jesus were among the big winners at the Abu Dhabi World Jiu-Jitsu Awards Sunday night.

Organised by the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAEJFF), the achievements of the best Emirati and international athletes were honoured for their excellence this season at a glittering ceremony at Emirates Palace.

Al Ketbi was named Best UAE Black Belt and Emirati Player of the Year after winning various medals including gold at the Asian Championships and two silvers at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slams.

“I’m very happy to win this top award as it was a long and hard season and I want to thank everyone for their support and belief in me,” he said after receiving the award from Sheikh Diab bin Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

It came just 24 hours since he fell short of his quest of his first-ever black belt gold at the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship (ADWPJJC) and he made it clear that is now the aim for next year.

“For sure that is now the target and I want to achieve a lot. We have the Asian Games in September and a World Championship in Poland. Hopefully I can win more medals next year.”

For Brazilian duo Abu Dhabi-based Junior and Melo De Jesus, their Best International Male and Female Black Belt of the Year accolades, was a fitting end to a memorable season. Junior, 32, and De Jesus, 21, not only won their respective 110kg and 90kg black belt titles at the ADWPJJC but also clinched the UAEJJF World No.1 titles.

“I want to thank everyone for their support and the UAE have been working really hard in promoting the sport,” said Junior. “It was really hard to get this award and it is definitely one that is nice winning.”

Among the winners in the 18 categories was Emirati Omar Al Fadhli, who was named Best UAE Male Youth Player.

The 17-year-old, who became the youngest member to represent the UAE senior national team last year, said: “It’s really good to win this and it was one year of hard work, sacrifice and sweat. This is just the start and next year I want to go and win even more awards.”

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IN PICS: Salgado, Milan & Real Madrid at Dubai Intercontinental Cup

Sport360 staff 22/04/2017

The U13 Dubai Intercontinental Cup came to a close on Saturday night at Dubai’s Sports City.

The tournament featured the likes of European giants Real Madrid, AC Milan and Celta Vigo as well as local outfits Al Nasr, Dubai Club and Ajman.

Also on hand was Sports City’s very own Spanish Soccer Schools, led by former Real Madrid and Spain legend Michel Salgado.

It was a highly competitive competition with some future stars in the making taking part.

And our photographer, Chris Whiteoak, was on hand to capture the action.

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