Margarita “Meggie” Ochoa made the country proud once again as she bagged a bronze medal in the World IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach California, U.S.A.
Gold medalist in past two World championships, Ochoa hurdled Luna Barea from Spain and Iori Echigo from Japan in the preliminary phase to reach the semifinals where she lost by disqualification and settled for the bronze.
If not for a technical mistake, she could have earned a passage to the finals for a chance to win a third gold in the world stage.
Ochoa said she was winning her match against Amber Rymartz-Freitas of Team Gracie Barra in the -48.5kg Brown Belt rooster weight division but she was disqualified with 10 seconds left due to technicality. “I was trying to submit the foot and we rolled into an illegal position.”
Ochoa is in deep preparation for the SEA Games and a possible stint in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics where jiujitsu is one of the new sports to be showcased.
Next up for Ochoa is the JJAU Asian Championship next month in Mongolia.
Ochoa took the gold in the 49-kg women’s seniors class in the Jiu-Jutsu World Championship in Malmö, Sweden in November last year. She also won gold in the Jiu-jitsu World Tour in London in March then took the bronze in the Asian Games in Indonesia.