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Lima wins historic gold in Las Vegas

The Open Mat Bermuda team which competed recently in Las Vegas. James Adams, Chris Regan and Ryce Lima are seen with their medals. Left to right: Aaron Dyer, Adams, Regan, Lima and Reina Maypa.

Ryce Lima made history at last month’s International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation hosted tournament in Las Vegas when she became the first Bermuda-born female athlete to win a medal at an IBJJF event.

Lima fought her way through the brackets to win a gold medal in the white belt, adult, ultra heavyweight division. She was one of four competitors of Open Mat Bermuda Academy who took to the mats during the four-day, single-elimination event which attracted thousands of international participants.

James Adams earned a silver medal in the white belt, master 1, heavyweight division, while Chris Regan, the Open Mat Bermuda coach, brought home a bronze medal in the black belt, adult, nogi, heavyweight division.

The IBJJF is considered the most prominent organisation in the sport of Jiu Jitsu.

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Published December 17, 2021 at 7:48 am (Updated December 17, 2021 at 7:48 am)

Lima wins historic gold in Las Vegas

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