Georgian judoka wins European Championship

Avtandil Chrikvishvili won the European Championship for the second time. Photo by GJF, 26 Apr 2014 - 17:35, Tbilisi,Georgia

A Georgian judo expert is excelling on an international scale.

Today was extremely successful for 23-year-old Avtandil Chrikvishvili as he won the Judo European Championship for the second time in a row.

Chrikvishvili, who fought in the 81kg weight category, defeated six opponents and gained the title of the best European judo fighter in his weight.

The Georgian athlete had a tough battle in the final against Frenchman Loic Pietro, but defeated him with an impressive throw, called an ‘ippon’.

As well as having two European Champion titled under his belt, Chrikishvili was named the best Georgian sportsman of the year 2013.

The Judo Championships are being held in Montpellier, France, from April 24 until April 27.

Georgia currently hold two medals, including the gold by Chrikishvili.

Earlier, a silver medal was gained by Amiran Papinashvili on the first day of the tournament.

Watch the video of the final throw and the rewarding ceremony below: