The UAE National team continued to impress on the second day of the IMMAF Youth World Championships, securing seven more medals and raising its total tally to 11. The Youth B category athletes, aged 14-15 years, showcased their skills in the octagon, delivering outstanding performances.
Ghala Al Hammadi started the day with a bang, securing the first gold for the hosts in the Women/Youth B/40 Kg division. In an impressive display, she defeated Uzbekistan’s Marvarid Kamilova in a record-breaking 13 seconds via an armbar submission. Her sister, Zamzam Al Hammadi, followed suit by adding a second gold medal for the UAE, triumphing over Ukraine’s Kira Voliashchenko in an exciting final in the 52 Kg division.
In addition to the gold medals, Saeed Alnuaimi (57 kg) and Salem Alhamoud (77.1 KG) secured silver medals, while Omar Al-Raeesi (57 kg), Hamdan Al-Najjar (48 kg), and Saif Al-Hammadi (48 kg) contributed bronze medals to the UAE’s remarkable medal haul.
The UAE team has already surpassed its last year’s results of four medals, and with the championships only halfway through, they are poised to further improve their overall standing significantly.
Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council, the IMMAF Youth World Championships is organized by the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation and hosted by the UAE Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts Federation. The championship will continue until 5th August.
Fahad Al Shamsi, Secretary-General of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts Federation, expressed his elation at the level of interest and participation in the event, showcasing the growing popularity of MMA both in the UAE and internationally. He praised the national team’s outstanding performance and congratulated the champion sisters, Ghala Al Hammadi and Zamzam, for their remarkable achievements.
Al Shamsi emphasized that the UAE has made great progress in the championship, surpassing last year’s results in just two days. He commended the team’s dedication and preparation, expressing immense pride in their accomplishments.
“The Championship provides a platform for global MMA talents to gather and supports the development of future MMA athletes, enabling them to showcase their skills and prepare for professional careers in the sport. The UAE team is performing incredibly well, and they have been preparing well. The results are not surprising, given their commitment and training, and we are really proud of them,” he said.