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Meet Mahra Al Hanaei, UAE's jiu-jitsu winner at the Asian Games
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Meet Mahra Al Hanaei, UAE's jiu-jitsu winner at the Asian Games

Meet Mahra Al Hanaei, UAE's jiu-jitsu winner at the Asian Games
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Hailing from a family of fighters, 17-year-old Mahra Al Hanaei has never been afraid to fail or to take chances. That attitude has certainly paid off: on the opening day of the Asian Games in Jakarta, Mahra won a silver medal after the final bout against Cambodian Jessa Khan in the women’s 49-kg jiu-jitsu.

Mahra, whose sisters Maha and Hana are also award-winning fighters, has had a winning streak for some time. She won the gold in the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour in London, Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro.

Mahra and her sister Maha took up jiu-jitsu in 2012, when the martial art was first introduced at the Mariam bin Sultan Girls School in Al Ain.

The opening day of the Asian Games has been good for the UAE; its athletes have won two golds and three silvers.

Ali Al Anjawi won the first gold in the jet ski runabout limited; followed by Mahra, who claimed her silver; and fellow fighter Hamad Nawad, who grabbed the second gold in the men’s 56-kg final against national teammate Khalid Iskander Al Balushi. Talikb Al Kirbi also settled for the silver after losing against Kyrgyzstan’s Torokan Bagynbai Uulu in the men’s 69 kg.

(Editing by Seban Scaria, seban.scaria@thomsonreuters.com)