The latest Judo News offered by

Georgian young men win gold and destroy other European teams

3 Jul 2016 19:25

 European Judo Union

In total 31 teams were gathered at the Cadet European Championships for Teams in Vantaa’s Energia Areena. 17 young men’s teams and 14 young women’s teams were fighting from 19 different nations. Team Georgia began the day as top seed of the boys’ team draw sheet.

Their first opponent was Azerbaijan which ended in a clean sweep 5-0. In the quarter-final Georgia had to take out the Turkish team and succeeded by 5-0 again. Romanian was the next opponent in the semi-final. The first three contests resulted three breath-taking ippons which secured the place for the Georgians in the final and finished in 4-1.

The men’s final was against the team of Hungary. The first contest was between Lasha Bekauri and Pongracz Bence, where the Hungarian judoka started off the contest in an incredibly high speed and alarmed the Georgian by scoring a yuko. The Hungarian was hungry for more, and during the following exchange Pongracz engaged with Bekauri and began to execute a ure-nage attempt which of Bekauri managed to escape, and the Hungarian landed on his back by his own attack. From this moment onwards, the Georgian team turned on the engines and finished off the final with another sensational 5-0 score.

Georgian cadet coach, George Kizilashvili concluded his thoughts after the medal ceremony: “Actually, we expected to win the gold medal because we have a strong team. The team spirit is above the sky, even if one of them are losing they keep motivating each other. There was no real challenge for us today but it was important for them to fight. The majority of this team will move up to the Junior level for next year, where we are aiming to win the team title as well” Kizilashvili said to the EJU reporters.

Fundraising with GoGetFunding

Related judoka and events

Related Judo Photos

  • Cadet European Team Championships U18 Vantaa (2016, FIN) - © Carlos Ferreira / EJU, Copyright:
  • Saba Grigalashvili (GEO) - Cadet European Team Championships U18 Vantaa (2016, FIN) - © Carlos Ferreira / EJU, Copyright:
  • Cadet European Team Championships U18 Vantaa (2016, FIN) - © Carlos Ferreira / EJU, Copyright:

Related Judo Videos

Related Judo News


Lasha Bekauri made his impact in 2019

23 Dec 2019 14:05

Georgia’s sensation Lasha Bekauri made a low-key IJF World Judo Tour debut when he exited the Baku Grand Slam in May at the expense of former world champion Nemanja Majdov (SRB). Nobody would have predicted that before the year was up that the 19-year-old would end up winning the second biggest event of the season. You can see as one of the best newcomers of 2019. Read more


Lasha Bekauri upstages set of world champions

14 Dec 2019 16:00

Junior World Championships gold medallist Lasha Bekauri of Georgia starred on the final day of the IJF season as he defeated world number one Nikoloz Sherazadishvili (ESP) in golden score. Georgian-born Spaniard Sherazadishvili appeared to be shaping up for sutemi-waza and lost his balance while Bekauri had control and the 19-year-old directed his opponent backwards for ippon and a remarkable victory. Read more


Lasha Bekauri completes the Georgian party

18 Oct 2019 18:45

The third day of the Junior World Championships ended with Georgia taking the lead of the medal table ahead of Japan, with three titles. If the defending Junior World Champion, Lasha Bekauri of Georgia confirmed that he is the strongest junior in his weight division, Vladimir Akhalkatsi also won gold, showing that their country will continue to play a major role in the judo world in the years to come. Read more


Georgia shows off with 100% gold among junior men

14 Sep 2019 19:50

Georgia achieved a fantastic haul of medals at the last day of the individual tournament of the Junior European Championships in the Finnish city of Vantaa. The Georgian men captured all available three gold medals on Saturday. World cadet and junior champion Lasha Bekauri opened the gala with gold U90kg. Read more


Patricia Sampaio defends junior European title in Finland

11 Sep 2019 22:55

The Junior European Championships will be in held in Vantaa in Finland from Thursday. In total 44 nations have sent its best juniors to compete at the second most important event of the year. The Junior World Championships take part in Marrakech (MOR) next month. The 343 athletes equals the lowest number of participants since 2010 in Samokov. Read more

Judo birthday

Result City Date
Result City Date


First description Second description Third description Four description