The females took to the mats at the 2014 IBJJF Rome Open even though their numbers were small. Most categories were not filled and some were not able to fight in their weight classes. But the attendants took up their opportunities for what they were and did what they came to do– compete.
Here is Oliver Geddes’ gathering of the main female results:
Despite traveling all the way to Rome from Denmark, Checkmat’s Shanti Abelha was the only black belt female present, taking her weight and open titles unopposed.
In the women’s brown belt division, the final came down to Poland’s Irena Preiss against Olga Lyashevska of Carlson Gracie Holland. Although both had been the only fighters within their weight classes, they were in Italy to fight and seized their opportunity in the open class. After two fights each, Olga took the gold, defeating Irena by a single guard pass.
Sweden’s Klara Tibbling took gold in the purple belt Female open class, adding that medal to her gold in the female heavyweight category. She defeated middleweight champion Sofia Nordenö to secure the open weight title.
You can check out the full results here.