Making history: Georgia wins first-ever Paralympic medal, and it’s gold

Zviad Gogotchuri has become Georgia's first-ever Paralympic gold medalist. Photo from Giorgi Margvelashvili/Facebook, 11 Sep 2016 - 00:06, Tbilisi,Georgia

A Georgian judo athlete has made history by winning the first ever Paralympic medal for Georgia.

Zviad Gogotchuri won gold and became judo Paralympic champion in the 90kg category earlier this evening.

He defeated a Ukrainian fighter in his final match.

The win was greatly celebrated all across Georgia. The country’s President and Prime Minister went on Facebook to express their happiness.

[Gogotchuri’s] courage and commitment is exciting for every Georgian and the nation is proud of him,” President Giorgi Margvelashvili wrote.

Georgia is being represented by five athletes at the Summer Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

  • Zviad Gogochuri, Judo;
  • Lika Chachibaia, Swimming;
  • Irma Khetsuriani, Fencing;
  • Akaki Jincharadze, Powerlifting; and
  • Vano Tsiklauri, Archery.

Meanwhile 176 nations with 4,500 athletes are participating in the September 7-18 sporting competition.

Have a look how Georgians competed at the Rio Olympic Games.