European Judo Individual Championship 2017 ended up with the Georgian final. In heavy weight category, champion of Europe 2015 Adam Okruashvili and national team’s debutant Guram Tushishvili faced each other. Tushishvili won the gold medal.
The Georgian men’s team has shown a modest result in the Polish European Championship, unlike the continental championships of the previous years –they won one medal for each of the three samples and took the third place in the unofficial team showing. Besides Tushishvili and Okruashvili, Beka Gviniashvili (90kg) also reached the pedestal.
The Georgian athletes started participating in the competition from the 1/8 final.
Tushishvili was especially impressive. The 22-year-old judoka beat Camille Grabowski of Poland in the first meeting. In ¼ final, he defeated Lukas Krpalek of Czechoslovakia. In semifinal, the Georgian overcame Roy Meyers of Netherlands.
Adam Okruashvili opened the championship by beating Marius Paskevichus of Lithuania. In ¼ final, he won over Maciej Sarnacki of Poland.
In the history of European Championships, the national team members of independent Georgia have never faced each other. The newest history was written in Poland.
Beka Gviniashvili, many-time champion of Europe and World among U-23, cadets and youth, has been a member of the national team for a long time and has achieved success many times, but he has never reached the podium of the mainstream competitions. He broke the ice today and gained the bronze medal.
The 21-year-old judoka started participating from the second round and defeated Quedjau Nhabali of Ukraine. In 1/8 final, he won over Nicholas Mungai of Italy.
In the main draw, Gviniashvili failed to Khusen Khalmurzaev of Russia.
On the way to bronze, the Georgian defeated two opponents, Nemanja Majdov of Serbia and Mammadali Mehdiyev of Azerbaijan.
Varlam Liparteliani participated in 100 kg weight category, but could not finish the competition with the desired result.
He lost the chance of gold-silver in ¼ final, when he failed to Cyrille Maret of France.
Before wrestling to Mare, he defeated three opponents, Giuliano Loporchio of Italy, Toma Nikiforov of Belgium and Benjamin Fletcher of Britain.
In bronze semifinal, the Georgian judoka lost to Kazbek Zankishiev of Russia and took the seventh place.
Today, champions and prize winners among women were also found out. Elene Kebadze (+78kg) wrestled in the name of Georgia, but failed to Kayra Sayit of Turkey.
The European Championship ends tomorrow with team competition.
European Championship 2017
1 Robert Mshvidobadze (Russia)
2 Yanislav Gerchev (Bulgaria)
3 Francisco Garrigos (Spain)
3 Orkhan Safarov (Azerbaijan)
5 Lukhum Chkhvimiani (Georgia)
5 Amiran Papinashvili (Georgia)
1 Giorgii Zantaraia (Ukraine)
2 Adrian Gomboc (Slovenia)
3 Matej Poliak (Slovakia)
3 Nijat Shikhalizada (Azerbaijan)
1 Hidayat Heydarov (Azerbaijan)
2 Musa Mogushkov (Russia)
3 Tommy Macias (Sweden)
3 Rustam Orujov (Azerbaijan)
1 Alan Khubetsov (Russia)
2 Dominic Ressel (Germany)
3 Dominik Druzeta (Croatia)
3 Aslan Lappinagov (Russia)
5 Zebeda Rekhviashvili (Georgia)
1 Aleksandar Kukolj (Serbia)
2 Axel Clerget (France)
3 Beka Gviniashvili (Georgia)
3 Khusen Khalmurzaev (Russia)
1 Elkhan Mammadov (Azerbaijan)
2 Cyrille Maret (France)
3 Kirill Denisov (Russia)
3 Kazbek Zankishiev (Russia)
7 Varlam Liparteliani (Georgia)
1 Guram Tushishvili (Georgia)
2 Adam Okruashvili (Georgia)
3 Roy Meyer (Netherlands)
3 Lukas Krpalek (Czech)
1 Daria Bilodid (Ukraine)
2 Irina Dolgova (Russia)
3 Eva Csernoviszki (Hungary)
3 Monica Ungureanu (Romania)
1 Majlinda Kelmendi (Kosovo)
2 Alesya Kuznetsova(Russia)
3 Joana Ramos (Portugal)
3 Evelyne Tschopp (Switzerland)
1 Priscilla Gneto (France)
2 Theresa Stoll (Germany)
3 Helene Receveaux (France)
3 Nora Gjakova (Kosovo)
1 Tina Trstenjak (Slovenia)
2 Margaux Pinot (France)
3 Alice Schlesinger (Britain)
3 Kathrin Unterwurzacher(Austria)
1 Sanne Van Dijke (Netherlands)
2 Giovanna Scoccimarro (Germany)
3 Marie Eve Gahie (France)
3 Barbara Maric (Croatia)
1 Audrey Tcheumeo (France)
2 Guusje Steenhuis (Netherlands)
3 Abigel Joo (Hungary)
3 Natalie Powell (Britain)
1 Maryna Slutskaya (Belarus)
2 Svitlana Iaromka (Ukraine)
3 Larisa Ceric (Bosnia Herzegovina)
3 Carolin Weiss (Germany)
Team showings. Men