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Chkhvimiani retains over Papinashvili as it’s a clean sweep for Georgia
30 Mar 2018 19:00
Georgia finished day one of their home Grand Prix top of the medal table after a riveting day of judo at the Tbilisi Sports Palace on Friday. It’s an imposing start from the hosts but what really stands out – at a time when the evolving Olympic sport is more competitive than ever – is how they resisted the world in the U60kg category to win all four medals available.
Düsseldorf Grand Slam bronze medallist Lukhumi Chkhvimiani (GEO) defeated top seed Amiran Papinashvili (GEO) to win at home in the first men’s final. Chkhvimiani extended his head-to-head record over his teammate to 3-0 as four-time Grand Prix winner Papinashvili was second best. Two-time Grand Slam bronze medallist Chkhvimiani successfully defended his 2017 title by countering his countryman in golden score with pure te-waza for a waza-ari. Both judoka will now expect to have done enough to earn selection to the European Championships next month in Israel.
In the first semi-final Papinashvili eventually defeated world number 124 Albert Mongush (RUS) after 70 seconds of golden score. The Georgian trailed to a waza-ari but fought back to level the score and then scored a second with a hip throw to secure his place in the final. In the second semi-final Chkhvimiani defeated world number 203 Oruj Valizada (AZE) in golden score by waza-ari-awasette-ippon.
The first bronze medal was won by IJF World Judo Tour novice Lasha Chaduneli (GEO) who sent Azeri outsider Valizada hurtling through the air with a makikomi effort for ippon. Valizada was undone after two minutes and will have to go again in search of a first IJF medal.
The second bronze medal went to 20-year-old IJF debutant Temur Nozadze (GEO) who found a way past Mongush after three minutes of golden score. It took seven minutes for the first and last score of the contest as Nozadze floored Mongush with an emphatic osoto-gari for ippon.
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