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Brunei exponents secure strong finishes in BJJ meet (2019)

Nobel Lee with his medals. PHOTOS: THE REFINERY

BY Yazid Aji

Brunei athletes secured podium finishes in the Asian IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2019 in Tokyo, Japan held from September 13-15.

Representing Brunei in the competition, they won two silver and one bronze medals.

Nobel Lee of The Refinery won bronze in his weight class for the purple belt Master 2 division, and a silver medal in the open weight division.

In the open weight division he secured victory in his first round match against a Japanese opponent winning 4-0. He advanced to the semi final against a tough Brazilian competitor. After struggling in the first few rounds, Lee clawed his way back to recover from a 9-0 deficit to win 11-9.

In the final match, he lost against a Chinese competitor by submission.

“It was a great experience being able to test myself against the best in Asia. There are no easy matches at this level and just one mistake can cost you the victory. I truly embraced the challenge and was satisfied with my results,” he said.

Angel Lepi, who is also from The Refinery, fought in the female adult blue belt division and dominated a Japanese opponent in her first match with a 9-0 win. In the finals, she lost to a strong Canadian opponent.

Angel Lepi (L) poses with other winners in the female adult blue belt division. PHOTOS: THE REFINERY

Abi Umamah Ali and Khalifa Mixed Martial Arts’ Haji Abdul Hadi Bakir competed in the purple belt Master 3 and Master 2 divisions.

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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