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Lukhumi Chkhvimiani completes Tbilisi treble

29 Mar 2019 15:25

 Mark Pickering - IJF    IJF Gabriela Sabau / International Judo Federation

Georgian Lukhumi Chkhvimiani won his home Grand Prix for the third year in a row as he beat European champion Walide Khyar (FRA) in the U60kg final. Tokyo 2020 contender and Düsseldorf Grand Slam bronze medallist Chkhvimiani showed his superiority on home soil as he beat one-time Grand Prix winner Khyar by rolling the Frenchman over for a waza-ari score which was the only score in the men’s lightest final.

In the first semi-final Khyar emphatically beat Marrakech Grand Prix silver medallist Artem Lesiuk (UKR) by ippon from a huge pick up. In the second semi-final Chkhvimiani sent over 2014 world champion Ganbat Boldbaatar (MGL) for ippon with a thunderous tai-otoshi which earned the biggest ovation of the day from the capacity crowd.

The first bronze medal was won by Marrakech Grand Prix winner Sharafuddin Lutfillaev (UZB) who dismissed Ganbat after two minutes of golden score with an uchi-mata to win his 13th Grand Prix medal.

The second bronze medal went to Junior World Championships bronze medallist Jaba Papinashvili (GEO), the younger brother of two-time world medallist Amiran Papinashvili, who threw Lesiuk with an o-uchi-gari for ippon.

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