Georgian judoka becomes World Champion (VIDEO)

Avtandil Chrikishvili defeated Canadian Olympic bronze medallist Antoine Valois-Fortier in the final. Photo by GJF, 28 Aug 2014 - 17:45, Tbilisi,Georgia

A rising Georgian judo wrestler has shown his talent by winning a gold medal and becoming World Champion in the 81kg category at the 2014 Judo World Championships.

Aspiring star Avtandil Chrikishvili, 23, impressed the crowd when he defeated Canadian judoka and Olympic bronze medallist Antoine Valois-Fortier in the final bout.

The championship match was held today within the seven-day competition, currently being held in Chelyabinsk, Russia.

See the video of award ceremony below:

Chrikishvili started the game with aggressive moves and actively threw his opponent on the floor – a move evaluated as a waza-ari by the judges. The move generates the second-highest score in judo wrestling.

As the bout progressed, the Canadian judoka could not answer the Georgian’s challenge and eventually the fight ended in the Georgian’s favour.

Chrikishvili, the new world champion, is regarded as a very successful sportsman, having won the European Championship twice and a silver medal at last year’s World Championship competition.

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili released a special statement following Chrikishvili’s success and congratulated Georgia on this "brilliant victory.”

"Victories and achievements of Georgian judokas have already become a proud tradition of Georgia. I am glad that the Government’s special support is being reflected in our athletes’ results. I believe that our infamous wrestlers will gain many more victories and bring joy to Georgian fans."

Last year the young athlete was recognised for his success and named Georgia’s best athlete of 2013.

Meanwhie, in addition to Chrikishvili’s success, other Georgian judoka had performed well at the World Championship since it started on August 25, with a male judoka gaining a bronze medal in the 60kg category.

Georgia sent 10 judokas - nine men and one woman - to Chelyabinsk to defend their team world champion title.