Team Georgia are world junior wrestling champions:
Athletes win four gold, one bronze medals

The Georgian national wrestling team finished first at the Junior World Championships in France this week. Photo from JHoch Photography., 01 Sep 2016 - 13:19, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia is team champion of the United World Wrestling (UWW) Junior World Championships after athletes won four golds and a bronze medal this week at an international competition for young wrestlers.

With four gold and one bronze medal won by Georgian wrestlers over two days at the competition in France, the Georgian team finished in first place (51) ahead of Russia (40) and Iran (34) in the final points classification.

Yesterday David Chkhartishvili (55kg), Ramaz Zoidze (66) and Zviad Pataridze (120) each won gold in their respective weight categories.

One day earlier 20-year-old Giorgi Melia (96kg) won gold and Nugzar Tsurtsumia (50kg) won bronze medals. 

The combined results earned Georgia 51 team points and first place.

The UWW Junior World Championships launched in Macon, eastern France on August 30 and will conclude on September 4. The Georgian wrestling team had their final bouts yesterday.

See Georgian wrestler Zviad Pataridze defeat Turkey’s Osman Yildirim in the 120kg final of the Junior World Championships below:

Meanwhile Chkhartishvili's final win against Yo Namba of Japan with the score 3-2 came on the back of his victories against Germany's Alexander Ginc, Italy's Jacopo Sandron and Kyrgyzstan's Nuzupbek Topchubaev. 

Zoidze's path to gold saw him defeat Lithuania's Kristupas Sleiva, Brazil's Ramos Junior, Egypt's Mohamed Elsayed and Iran's Mohammad Elyasi before his convincing win over Kazakhstan's Kaharman Kissymetov in the final that finished 5-0 in favour of the Georgian.

In the 120kg category, Pataridze won gold after defeating Osman Yildirim of Turkey in the final 10-0, but earlier overcoming Iran's Amin Mirzazadeh, Azerbaijan's Qamzatxan Israpilov and Hungary's Ferenc Almasi. 

For Zoidze and Pataridze, winning gold was a repeat of their last year’s result meaning they reclaimed their world champion titles.

Zoidze is now world champion for the second time in a row, while Pataridze took his fourth straight gold at the world championship event. Last year Pataridze was named Georgia's Young Sports Personality of the Year.