O'Flanagan, Taza Among Winners at ADCC European Qualifications

Oliver Taza
The first step toward the world's most prestigious grappling tournament, the biennial ADCC Submission Fighting World Championships, took place in Poznan, Poland this weekend with the qualification event for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Five men and two women sealed their entry into next year's world championships.

The performance of the tournament came from Britain's Eoghan O'Flanagan who won all five of his matches by heel hook submission to claim the men's 88 kg division. Britain also qualified a second athlete as Ashley Williams captured the men's 66 kg division. Finland took two men's divisions as well with Perttu Tepponen winning at 99 kg and Heikki Jussila taking the over 99 kg class. John Danaher/Firas Zahabi product Oliver Taza, representing Lebanon, garnered the men's 77 kg division.

On the women's side South Africa's Peyton Letcher won the 60 kg category while host country Poland claimed the title in the over 60 kg division, won by Magdalena Loska. The ADCC World Championships is slated to take place September 17-18, 2022 in Las Vegas.

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