Welsh superstar Ffion Davies leads UK medal charge at IBJJF Euros 2020
Welsh Brazilian Jiu Jitsu phenomenon Ffion Davies has secured a double gold at the 2020 IBJJF European Championships, winning her division and the open weight finals. As well as her medal success she has the distinction of being one of the lightest ever winners of the open weight division.
Her success at the Euros (the largest BJJ competition in the world, by number of entrants) follows a stellar year in 2019 with two world champion titles and victory at the Polaris Grappling Invitational. The Swansea-born athlete can now lay a strong claim to being the best female grappler in the world.
Birmingham's Laura Barker secured a third UK gold medal at black belt by outpointing a very tough opponent in the finals of the female 74kg+ division.
Sophie Cox, a two-time Judo Olympian for Team GB, dominated the purple belt category, winning a well-deserved double gold at her weight and in open weight.
In the Juvenile (16-17) age bracket, Nia Blackman also won an amazing double gold medal at blue belt. Nia was one of the UK's top talents as a Junior and is sure to be one to watch for the future.
The UK is rapidly becoming a major force in international BJJ competition and results like these show that our female athletes in particular can beat the best in the world on the biggest stage in the world.
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