Young Georgian wrestler Tato Grigalashvili was named the best male athlete at the Doha World Judo Masters, capping a competition where Georgian competitors earned five medals - including a gold for the young judoka.
Grigalashvili, who on Tuesday earned his gold against Dutch rival Frank De Wit in the -81kg category, was selected alongside France's Romane Dicko in collecting the two best athlete prizes following the tournament. The French contestant took the award for women.
Tato Grigalashvili jumps for joy as he becomes Masters Champion! Displaying incredible throwing ability as well as fantastic groundwork, this victory surely cements his Rising Star award in Judofest! #JudoMasters #Judo @qatar_olympic— Judo (@Judo) January 12, 2021
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The International Judo Federation praised the Georgian following his gold medal-winning performance for "displaying incredible throwing ability as well as fantastic groundwork" that "surely cements his Rising Star award in Judofest".
The recognition follows the 2020 end-of-the-year public poll by the IJF in which Grigalashvili received most votes for the Rising Star Award.
The 21-year-old winner of last year's Düsseldorf Grand Slam finished ahead of fellow wrestlers Patricia Sampaio, Andrea Stojadinov, Manuel Lombardo and Shirine Boukli in the poll.