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Riyadh 2023 World Combat Games featured exceptional talent in multiple disciplines

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – The seventh day of the highly anticipated Riyadh 2023 World Combat Games showcased exceptional talent and passion in disciplines like Fencing, Ju-Jitsu, Kickboxing, and Wrestling.

Athletes exhibited their skills and dedication in a thrilling display of combat sports excellence. Fencing featured events in Épée team and individual Foil categories, while Wrestling kicked off with Belt Wrestling competitions, awarding ten sets of medals. Ju-Jitsu concluded its events, including Mixed Duo and Para Ne-Waza divisions.

Para Ju-Jitsu highlighted inclusivity, with medals earned by para athletes contributing to their home country's final medal count. Ukraine leads the medal tally with 16 golds, followed by Uzbekistan with eight, and Saudi Arabia in third place with seven.

In Fencing, Israa Al Siyabi of Oman secured gold in the women's Foil individual, while the UAE claimed the women's Épée team title. Saudi Arabia clinched gold in the Men's Épée team event, and Faris Alblooshi from the UAE won the Men's Foil individual competition.

Wrestling showcased champions in the Belt Wrestling Alysh Style, including Elzada Momunzhanova and Maftunbonu Mahmudova in the women's divisions. In Belt-Wrestling Qazak Style, gold went to Begai Beishenaaly Kyzy and Roza Nyssantaikyz. Men's Belt-Wrestling Alysh Style saw winners such as Marlen Abdurasulov, Khusan Abdukhakimov, and Azizkhan Musabek Uulu. In Belt Wrestling Qazak Style, victors included Manucher Shirinov, Zhumazhan Kozhambekov, and Madi Amangeldi.

Ju-Jitsu highlighted the Mixed Duo finals and Para Ne-Waza divisions, with athletes demonstrating tradition, technique, and determination. Gold medals were earned by Thailand in the Mixed Duo event, and Stephanie Alexandra Biscan, Bat Bot Erdenbaatar, Mario Silva, and Mark David Trompp in various Para Ne-Waza categories.

The second day of Kickboxing witnessed athletes competing in Low Kick and Point Fighting qualifying rounds. Low Kick emphasizes powerful leg strikes, while Point Fighting focuses on quick, controlled hits to score points.

The World Combat Games continue with events in Armwrestling, Fencing, and Kickboxing, further showcasing the talent and dedication of combat sports athletes on the global stage.

Riyadh 2023 World Combat Games, hosting over 1,500 athletes from 120+ countries, is a celebration of combat sports and martial arts, offering international promotion, community engagement, and a focus on public health and wellness initiatives. Fans worldwide can watch the competition through various broadcasters and live streams.

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