Mohamed Al-Jafari has taken the Karate world by storm after winning a silver medal in his first appearance at a World Karate Premier League event.
The youngster blitzed his way to the final of the -84kg weight with some stunning performances in Rabat, Morocco, the host of the series’ third round.
Despite a valiant effort, he came up short against world champion and current world number one, Youssef Badawi, of Egypt, in the final but certainly left his mark on the event.
Earlier, Al-Jafari won all three of his group fights against Greece’s Kostanios (3-0), Saudi Arabia’s Farag Al-Ansari (7-0) and Egypt’s Muhammad Ramadan (8-0).
In the quarter-finals, the 2019 junior world champion beat Tunisian, Tamer Slimani, 6-4, before securing his place in the final with a victory over 2018 world champion and number four seed, Ivan Kvecic, of Croatia.
Meanwhile, teammate Hassan Maasarwe was unable to win the bronze medal in the -75kg category, losing his play-off against Italian, Ahmed Al-Sharabi.
After three rounds, Jordan have won a total of four Premier League medals, with Al-Jafari’s silver added to the gold of Abdullah Hammad and the bronze of Hassan Masarwe in the first round (UAE), and the silver of Abdul Rahman Al-Masatfa in the second round (Portugal).
The fourth and final round will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan, from September 2-4.