MAGIC MONDAY FOLLOWS SUPER SUNDAY!
Sep 26, 2016
Team Jordan’s Super Sunday turned into Magic Monday with six medals won on a glorious day two of the Asian Beach Games in Da Nang, Vietnam, to go fourth in the medals table.
And it was the jiu jitsu team that once again lead the way, following their gold, silver and bronzes on Sunday with further medals today.
On Monday, Team Jordan won two golds, two silvers and a bronze medal in jiu jitsu with one silver medal also secured in muay thai.
Popular sisters Rana and Luma Qubbaj showed why they are considered as among the world’s best jiu jitsu fighters with superb performances to take a pair of golds.
Rana Qubbaj, 32, clinched her gold in the -70kg category against Battsetseg Tsog-Ochir of Mongolia, before sister Luma, 28, won gold against Thao Dao Thi of China in the +70kg. Sandwiched between those two finals was another gallant Jordanian performance from Hamzeh Al Rasheed, 21, who settled for silver after losing to Ali Munfaradi of Bahrain in the -77kg category.
Munfaradi earlier beat Hamzeh’s brother AbdulKareem Rasheed, 24, in the semi-final, but the Jordanian dusted himself down to win bronze by beating the UAE’s Salim Khalifan.
Also winning silver was Ruba Al Sayegh, 32, who recorded three victories over opponents from Vietnam, India and The Philippines but she eventually missed out on gold to the impressive Battogot Buyandelger of Mongolia in the 62kg category.
Meanwhile in muay thai, Mohammad Salameh, 24, lost in the final of the 81kg to China’s Can Luo, but secured a silver for his efforts to complete a sensational day for Jordan.
The achievements moved Jordan up to fourth in the medals table behind Thailand, Vietnam and China. Unfortunately, the beach handball team lost their second game 2-0 to hosts Vietnam, leaving them 0-2 with one group match left to play.