Friday (September 29th) marked the second Build-Up Ride of the Spinneys Dubai 92km Cycle Challenge with over 500 cyclists on the Al Qudra Cycling Track taking on the 50km challenge in preparation for the 92km event on December 15th.
Coming in first place for the men was Nayif Al Marzoqi with a time of 01:10:16, he was closely followed by Martin Bowie who was just three seconds behind with a time of 01:10:19 and Brendan Cronin came in third (01:10:22).
Nichola McDonald had a good lead coming in first in the women’s challenge, recording a time of 01:14:05.
Apple Clarrizze Garcia came in second, finishing in 01:16:18 and in third place was Jewell Narzoles at 01:23:35.
As well as providing a dedicated event for keen cyclists and newcomers, Spinneys, the locally-owned supermarket chain was one of the main attractions in the busy Cycle Village with their delicious pancakes as a post-ride breakfast treat.
Alongside Spinneys, a number of other sponsors ensured that all cyclists, friends and family had a fantastic morning, including UPANDRUNNING with their much-needed sports massages.
The third Build-Up ride is taking place on 20th October covering 65km followed by 85km on 24th November – both taking place at Al Qudra Cycling Track.
To register or find our more information on any of the Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge events please visit www.cyclechallenge.ae.
The UAE Jiu-Jitsu U15 team returned from the World Cup in Montenegro with 18 assorted medals on Wednesday.
The team was welcomed at Abu Dhabi International Airport by the Board of Directors of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF) after their remarkable performance.
They managed to win eight golds, six silvers, and four bronze medals during the tournament, continuing the UAE’s track record at international tournaments.
The U15 World Cup concluded on Sunday at the Canyon Sports Center.
UAE Jiu-Jitsu board member, Yousif Al-Batran said:”The UAE Jiu-Jitsu junior team has achieved great success and they have proved themselves in one of the most important international tournaments. We are confident that our champions will achieve more success in future.”
Al-Batran added “This year’s Jiu-Jitsu season has been full of championships that have proven the efficiency of our teams and strengthened their ability to face international teams.
“The performance of the female athletes proves their ability to participate in world championships and bring acclaim to the UAE at various international sports forums.”
For her part, Balqis Abdul Karim Al Hashemi, who won the gold medal in the below 40kg category, said: “This is my first international tournament. Our participation and success is an honor, and I am proud to have raised the UAE flag on the podium.”
“There was rapid development in this competition. I participated in three fights and won first place. As a team of seven girls, we have won five medals. This is a source of pride for us and for our coaches,” she added.
He is one of the most decorated Paralympian in UAE history and continues to shatter the record books for the nation in global sport.
Emirati star shooter Abdullah Sultan Al Aryani returned from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games last year with three silver medals to go with the gold he claimed in London four years earlier.
Al Aryani had competed in the Sydney Olympics in 2000, a year before he suffered a car accident that paralysed him from the waist down.
“The accident was in 2001, we were coming back from training my falcons, and we got into a car accident,” recalls Al Aryani.
“With orders from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, within two days they flew me to Germany for treatment. I stayed there for a year and eight months after discovering I had a broken spinal cord and was 80 per cent paralysed.
“Of course after something like that happens, you reassess your life and you face certain family circumstances and you need about a year or two to catch up with society around you. Since I am a captain in the military, my life changed from being an active, working life, to being a disabled person confined to a chair.”
Al Aryani regrouped and formed a shooting team at Al Ain Club and went to his first Paralympic Games in Beijing in 2008. In London 2012, he claimed gold in the Mixed R6-50m Rifle Prone-SH1 competition and in Rio last year, he took silver in the mixed R6-50m Rifle Prone-SH1, the R1 10m air rifle standing SH1, and the R7 50m rifle three positions SH1.
He is the only Emirati to own four Paralympic medals.
“In Brazil, I hoped and promised everyone I would get three medals and thank God I achieved three silver medals and I was close to gold in all three competitions. In Tokyo 2020 I pray to God to bless us and I achieve a gold medal to put a smile on people’s faces,” he says.
Watch the video above (courtesy of Abu Dhabi Sports Council) to know more about Al Aryani’s journey.