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UAE leads Arab world medal count midway through 2018 Asian Games

So far, UAE has three gold medals, four silver and one bronze

UAE leads Arab world medal count midway through 2018 Asian Games
(From left) Silver medallist Zaid Sami of Jordan, gold medallist Faisal Alketbi of the UAE, bronze medallist Rizat Makhashev of Kazakhstan and bronze medallist Hwang Myengse of South Korea celebrate at the podium during the victory ceremony of the jujitsu newaza mens under 94kg match at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 25 (Photo by Money Sharma - AFP/Getty Images)

A week into Asia’s largest sporting event, the UAE leads the Arab world in terms of medals won by its athletes.

Being held in Indonesia from 18 August to 2 September, the 2018 Asian Games is seeing participation from 45 countries across Asia, with 33 countries winning 731 medals so far.

The UAE currently has eight medals including three gold, equalling its record tally in the tier achieved in 2006.

Seven of the country’s gold medals have come in the sport of jiu-jitsu.

Three gold medals came from the Newaza men’s under 94kg and under 54kg categories and the jetski runabout limited, while four silver medals also came in the men’s under 69kg, 62kg, and 56 kg categories, and women’s under 49kg category.

The bronze medal also came in the men’s 62kg category.

Jordan is the second best placed country at the games with seven medals including a gold and silver each and five bronze, followed by Lebanon with four medals including one gold and silver.

Bahrain, on the other hand, has secured one gold medal and two silver medals. Saudi Arabia has one silver and bronze medal each, while Iraq has won one gold medal.

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