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17:45 09/26/2016
If ne-waza, or ground technique, in ju-jitsu is known as the “chess of martial arts”, then Jordan has produced a couple of grand masters in the Qubbaj sisters, Rana and Lama.

They both won the gold medal in their respective categories at the 5th Asian Beach Games in Danang, Vietnam, on Monday evening, increasing the feel-good factor in the Jordanian sports camp following the Kingdom’s historic first gold medal in the Olympic Games, in men’s taekwondo, at Rio 2016.
 

Rana was first up in the ne-waza women’s -70kg division, and held off Mongolia’s Battsetseg Tsog-Ochir with a score of 6-0. This was the first time she had been taken the full six-minute distance in sweltering conditions, having won her earlier two fights of the evening by submission.
 
 Lama had to wait until the last final of the night, in the women’s ne-waza +70kg, and she forced a suffocating submission from Vietnam’s Dao Thi Thao Nguyen to add another gold medal to her trophy cabinet. What’s more, the two sisters acted as coach for each other – giving them the distinction of winning a gold medal as a coach and an athlete on the same night.
 
 “It’s great to be here with the team,” said Lama, who won the Ju-Jitsu World Championship gold medal in Bangkok, Thailand, in November 2015. “Everyone in Jordan was celebrating our taekwondo gold medal in Rio, and hopefully ju-jitsu will get the chance to join the Olympic Games one day.
 
 ” Mongolia also won two gold medals in ju-jitsu on Monday evening, through Buyandelger Battogt in the women’s ne-waza -62kg and Erdenebaatar Ulziiitogtokh in the men’s -56kg. Bahrain’s Ali Munfaredi took the men’s -77kg event, while the Thailand team of Thammanun/Warut won the men’s duo in the show system, beating Turkmenistan 48.5-45.
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