Georgian judoka wins gold at Dusseldorf Grand Slam

Varlam Liparteliani defeated Irish Benjamin Fletcher in -100kg category in the final. Photo by Sabau Gabriela/IJF, 26 Feb 2018 - 11:04, Tbilisi,Georgia

A Georgian judoka has received a gold medal at the Dusseldorf Grand Slam in Germany.

Varlam Liparteliani (-100kg) defeated Irish Benjamin Fletcher in his respective category in the final.

According to the International Judo Federation (IJF) Liparteliani, 29, clinched his first Grand Slam title as he defeated Tunis Grand Prix winner and world number 14 Fletcher in the final.

Liparteliani now boasts 11 Grand Slam medals while Fletcher is in the form of his life and would have been thrilled to scoop his country’s first ever honour at this level", IJF said.

Below you can watch how Liparteliani defeated Ireland's Ben Fletcher.

Another Georgian judoka Lukhumi Chkhvimiani took bronze in the -60kg category.

In total, 26 countries finished the Dusseldorf Grand Slam with medals on February 23-25.