Amiran Papinashvili, a member of Georgian national judo team, is the world’s highest-rated lightweight. International Judo Federation updated the world’s rating.
Amiran Papinashvili, wrestler in 60 kg weight category, won silver medal at Ekaterinburg Grand Slam and earned 700 points. In total, he gained 3136 points and moved to the first place from the third. The Georgian surpasses Orkhan Safarov of Azerbaijan with 388 points.
Georgian judokas won 4 medals on Russian tatami. Levan Matiashvili, like Amiran Papinashvili, wrestled in final and lacked the only victory to win the highest title. Levan Matiashvili advanced to 12th place. Bronze winners Zebeda Rekhviashvili (81gk) and Varlam Liparteliani (100kg) earned 500-500 points at Grand Slam and are in the 11th and 18th places.
Besides Amiran Papinashvili, there are another 4 Georgian judokas in the top ten of their weight categories.
Lasha Shavdatuashvili is in the 4th place in 73 kg, Beka Gviniashvili is the 5th in 90kg, Guram Tushishvili is the 6th in heavy weight and Vazha Margvelashvili is in the 10th place in 66kg.