QUBBAJ CLINCHES WORLD TITLE
Nov 27, 2016
Lama Qubbaj is the toast of Jordan after winning the JJIF World Ju Jitsu title for the second year in a row.
The 28-year-old clinched the title after beating Loska Magdalena from the host nation Poland in the final of the +70kg category.
Lama has been in incredible form all year and reached the final after beating another Polish fighter, Justyma Sitko, in the semi-final.
The win will make her an overwhelming favourite to retain the Jordan Olympic Committee's Black Iris Sports Awards’ female accolade which will be decided in the New Year.
Meanwhile, her sister Rana, won bronze in the -70kg category after losing her semi-final to Sweden’s Diana Hallden. The former world champion won her first fight against Poland’s Emilia Mackwiak, and also beat Russia’s Lana Kutcar in the quarter-final.
The -70kg category’s other bronze medal also went to Jordan, with Yara Kakish losing to Poland's Irena Preiss in the last four. She reached the semi-final with wins over France’s Chloe Lalande and Greece’s Zafiria Panagiotarakou.
Overall, the JJIF World Ju Jitsu Championships in Wroclaw have proved to be another fruitful one for Jordan who started well on Friday with Haidar Rasheed winning bronze in the 85kg category. Haidar won five fights to secure his gold medal before missing out on the final to a Russia’s Abdubari Guesenov by submission.
It meant a total medal hall of one gold and three bronze.