Georgian Judo Youth Team has returned from historic European Championship in Vantaa, Finland.
According to the Georgian Judo Federation, the young judoists took 9 medals in individual competition – 6 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze and medal in first place overall, and Georgian men and women united won bronze medal in team competition.
Members of the Georgian men’s team competed in seven of five weight categories and won five gold medals. It is also important that for the first time in the history of Georgian judo, Eter Liparteliani, a member of the European Youth Championship, won the title.
Successful young judoists met with representatives of the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport and members of parliament at the Tbilisi International Airport together with the leaders, fans and journalists of the Judo Federation.
In Finland, European champions Giorgi Tutashvili (-66 kg), Tato Grigalashvili (-81 kg), Lasha Bekauri (-90 kg), Ilia Sulamanidze (-100 kg) and Gela Zaalishvili (+ 100 kg) became champions. Eter Liparteliani (-57kg) won another gold medal, Vladimir Akhalkatsi (81kg) won silver. The bronze medalists are Mariam Chanturia (-70 kg) and Mikheil Bekauri (-90 kg).
All European champions are part of the Judo Federation’s Olympic Challenge – Tokyo 2020 program, led by David Kevkhishvili and head coach Lasha Gujejiani along with coach Giga Bochoidze.