Georgian wrestler Giorgi Melia takes gold in junior world champs

Georgia's Giorgi Melia triumphed at the Junior World Championships in France on Tuesday. Photo from Justin Hoch., 31 Aug 2016 - 18:07, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian wrestler Giorgi Melia is the new wrestling junior world champion.

He won the title after claiming the gold medal at the United World Wrestling (UWW) Junior World Championships in France yesterday.

Melia triumphed in the 96kg category of the Greco-Roman wrestling discipline at the tournament in Macon in eastern France.

The 20-year-old defeated Belarus' Bopembe Arsen Sychev with the score 4-3 after eliminating three other opponents in the run-up to the final.

See Georgia's Giorgi Melia against Bopembe Arsen Sychev of Belarus in the final of the Greco-Roman discipline below:

Melia used his skill in double-arm trap and back-arching throw to achieve his four wins, including a four-point throw against Sychev.

The wrestlers Melia defeated on his way to the gold medal were Switzerland's Damian von Euw, Yuta Nara of Japan and Tracy Hancock of the United States..

Melia also holds the title of Georgia's national champion. He is also a silver medal-winner of the European Championship in the Greco-Roman discipline.

Another Georgian wrestler, Nugzar Tsurtsumia, won a bronze medal in the 50kg category at the Junior World Championships, defeating Mehdi Mohsen Nejad of Iran with the final score of 7-2.

Tsurtsumia reached the semi-final of the tournament after overcoming Ukrainian and Kazakh wrestlers, but succumbed to Uzbekistan's Ilkhom Bakhromov in a one-sided match that ended 8-0 in favour of the Uzbek athlete.

The Georgian then faced Iran's Nejad in the bronze medal match, which he won.