Meggie Ochoa made the Philippine flag fly proudly in the world stage once again when she claimed the gold in women’s 49KG division at the 2018 Ju-Jutsu World Championships at Baltiska Hallen in Malmö, Sweden.
The 28-year-old bronze winner in the recent Asian Games in Jakarta joined an 11-man Philippine delegation led by coach Ali Sulit and she didn’t disappoint.
Although Ochoa has won three gold medals in the club-based tournament of the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation, this was her first in the World’s tourney under the auspices of the Ju-Jitsu International Federation that is recognized by National Olympic Committees.
She was the first Asian to win a gold in the prestigious tourney.
In winning the gold, Ochoa beat opponents from France, Thailand all the way to the championship round where she met and defeated Canada’s Ni Ni Vicky Hoang.
Ochoa has recently launched a campaign called “Fight to Protect”, a project that aims to protect women from sexual abuse. (Photo credit to Ferdie Agustin)