Avtandil Chrikashvili won gold in men’s half middleweight in the World Judo Championship. (Photo published by the Georgian Judo Federation.)

TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s Avtandil Chrikashvili, 23, won a gold medal in the 2014 World Judo Championship on Thursday in Chelyabinsk, Russia.

Chrikashvili won six fights and in the end defeated Antoine Valois-Fortier from Canada in the men’s half middleweight (81 kg).

The Georgian gold medalist also took first place in the European Judo Championship in 2013. After that, he won a gold medal in the Judo Grand Slam Paris 2014 tournament.

The Judo World Championship is held from August 25-31 in Chelyabinsk.

Georgia is in third place in the medal count with one gold and one bronze, after Japan and France.

Amiran Papinashvili won a bronze medal on Monday in the men’s 60 kg category. From before, he has a silver medal from the European Championship.