In worldwide judo, day three of the Tbilisi Grand Slam was one other cracking one for the host nation Georgia because the heavyweights stepped up.
At -90kg, Beka Gviniashvili was on hearth, a mixture of intelligent footsweeps and uncooked energy earned the Georgian a spot within the ultimate in opposition to Krisztian Toth, and as soon as there one other footsweep earned him the Gold.
It was a improbable show of sportsmanship, displaying typical Judo values of friendship and respect, bringing the keen crowd to their toes to honour two nice warriors.
Georgian Judo Federation President Giorgi Atabegashvili awarded the medals.
The Wagnerian ascent
The present -78kg World Champion Anna Maria Wagner continued her good return to competitors, her uchi-mata on show blasting her manner by way of the preliminaries.
The Geman judoka took on former World Champion Mayra Aguiar of Brazil within the ultimate, the place her willpower and drive earned her a decisive win. Wagner has but to lose a combat on the World Judo Tour since changing into World Champion.
She was awarded her medal by IJF Occasions Director, Dr Lisa Allan.
“I believe we are going to see on the Worlds. So hopefully on the Worlds, I am at 100% after which we are going to see,” mentioned Wagner after her victory.
Considered one of Georgia’s strongest classes is within the -100kg, with Onise Saneblidze all the time on the forefront of this fiercely aggressive class. And on this event, he lastly stepped as much as take his first-ever Grand Slam Gold.
Within the ultimate, it was essentially the most huge pickup that distinguished him within the minds of the house crowd.
He was awarded his medal by Georgian Judo Federation Vice-President, Tamaz Naveriani
“I can’t even describe this sense,” defined an elated Saneblidze. “Due to these feelings, you possibly can see how a lot Georgian individuals love Judo. Many because of them for the improbable help and this improbable environment right here in Tbilisi sports activities corridor.”
At +78kg France’s Julia Tolofua threw Nihel Cheikh Rouhou from Tunisia to take the Gold medal, receiving her honours from the IJF Training & Teaching Director, Mohamed Meridja.
Within the +100kg class, final yr’s heavyweight winner Gela Zaalishvili defended his title in phenomenal model. The stadium was full of deafening cries of adoring Georgian followers, an unbelievable technique to end the epic match. The medals had been awarded by IJF Head Referee Director, Armen Bagdasarov.
A improbable component of the Tbilisi Grand Slam is that the house nation can stand atop the rostrum proudly and placed on a spectacular present on the identical time.