Ochoa bags 3rd straight jiu-jitsu gold from US meet
FILIPINA jiu-jitsu fighter Meggie Ochoa struck gold for the straight time in the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship in the United States.
For the past three years, the 26-year-old athlete has been competing in the World Championship competition in Long Beach, California, winning the gold everytime.
Ochoa began her streak in the 2014 World Jiu Jitsu Championship as a white belt, before clinching her second gold medal as a blue belt last year and her third this year, adding up to her growing pile of accomplishments.
Ochoa competed again this time under the blue belt roster, confessing that she had a hard time taking her opponents down.
“Nahirapan ako sa laban kasi pagaling na nang pagaling ‘yung mga athletes,” she said, adding that opponents from Mongolia, Brazil and the United States have given her a hard time.
Ochoa is often asked why she chose jiu-jitsu as her sport as most look down on her because of her height. But she said that it does not hinder her from winning a fight, even though most of her opponents are taller than her.
“Ang unique [ng jiu-jitsu] kumpara sa other sports, kasi kahit anong body type ka, puwede kang manalo. [It is] technique over strength,” she said.
Ochoa, however, is not about to rest on her laurels.
“May purple, brown and black belt pa. Malayo pa ang pupuntahan ko,” she said, looking at the Japan Asian Beach Games in September as a possible destination.
The three-time world champion , however, is not yet sure whether she will be able to make it to the line-up, but her training continues.
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