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Mon, 15 Jul 2019 16:09 - Updated Mon, 15 Jul 2019 16:09

Adapted Jiu-Jitsu: Angolan athlete wins gold medal

Luanda - The Angolan athlete, Ivan Laranjo, won on Saturday the gold medal of the first edition of the international Jiu-Jitsu Tournament for athletes with physical disabilities and impairments held in Florianopolis (Brazil), Angop learnt on Sunday in Luanda.

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Ivan Laranjo, winner of Jiu Jitsu world cup

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The event counted on participation of athletes from American, European and African countries. The Angolan athlete was the only one to represent Africa.

The 18-year old athlete, who is with Down syndrome, was always treated as an ordinary child by his family, so they enrolled him to practice Jiu Jitsu in 2017.

Ivan Laranjo, who is due to return to Angola on Wednesday (July 17), has already won three gold and two silver medals in various competitions namely in the Cup Lobão2017, in Luanda ( gold), Grappling tournament 2019, in Luanda (gold) Florianopolis Tournament (gold), Grand Slam2018, in Japan(silver) Cup Lobão2019, (silver).     

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