Chrikashvili - Sports Ministry photo

Avtandil Chrikashvili. (Photo by Georgia’s Sports Ministry.)

TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s Avtandil Chrikashvili won a gold medal at the Judo Grand Slam Paris 2014 tournament. Two other Georgians, Amiran Papinashvili and Varlam Liparteliani, won silver medals.

Chrikashvili defeated competitors from Netherlands, France, Japan and South Korea in the men’s 81kg category.

Varlam Liparteliani suffered a leg injury before his final round with a South Korean competitor and didn’t fight. He won silver medal in the men’s 90 kg category. Liparteliani won gold in the same weight category in 2013.

Amiran Papinashvili was defeated in the final against a Mongolian opponent. He won silver medal in the men’s 60kg category.

Georgia’s national men’s team is in second place among teams from 68 countries. 9 athletes from Georgia participated in the Judo Grand Slam tournament in Paris.