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Cambodia claims a Ju-Jitsu gold

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Jessa Khan displays her winning medal from the Asian Games yesterday. Supplied

Cambodia won an unexpected gold medal in the women’s ju-jitsu newaza 49 kg category at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta yesterday after Jessa Khan sensationally defeated Mahra Alhinaai of the UAE by submission at JCC, Jakarta

Khan forced Mahra to surrender with a lockdown with seconds remaining.

With Sorn Seavmey hurtling out of the Taekwondo competition earlier in the week it looked like Cambodia would be going home empty handed but a medal comes in the unlikely event of Ju-Jitsu – a relatively new sport for Cambodia.

Cambodia’s only dedicated Jiu Jitsu school is Phnom Penh’s H/Art Jiu Jitsu which opened its doors in 2016 after running Jiu-Jitsu classes out of the Prokout fight gym behind Aeon Mall. Run by Vivaddhana Khaou, who is also representing Cambodia in Jakarta, it moved to its own studio in an effort to reach a larger audience.

Meanwhile, Philippine athlete Margarita Ochoa won bronze after beating compatriot Jenna Kaila Napolis 2-0.

Another bronze was obtained by Vietnam athlete Thi Thanh Minh Duong, who won the fight against Wadima Alyafei of the UAE with a 3-0 victory.

Indonesia ju-jitsu athletes fell on the first day of the competition, namely Tobing Cornelia Lumban (women’s 49 kg), Julius Saputera (men’s 69 kg), Ikhsan Ananda Maulana (men’s 56 kg), Tirta Fransino (men’s 69 kg), Savitri Santi Apriyani (women’s 49 kg) and Handoko Wahyu Hidayat (men’s 56 kg).

The ju-jitsu contest at the 2018 Asian Games is held at the Jakarta Convention Center Assembly Hall.

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