Georgian judoka Tato Grigalashvili has claimed gold at the World Judo Masters in Doha, Qatar earlier today.
Grigalashvili, 21, has handed a defeat to his Dutch rival Frank De Wit in the under 81kg category.
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 (IJF) reported that 'in the last category of the day, everything was possible with a field of play rich in world medallists' - Grigalashvili and De Wit - 'who won through every round to give themselves a chance to climb on the top of the podium'.
Grigalashvili ROARS! The winner of the Rising Star award during JudoFest shows those who voted for him exactly what he can do! A Waza-ari ahead, he stayed on the assault, and scored Ippon with Tomoe nage!#JudoMasters #Judo @qatar_olympic— Judo (@Judo) January 12, 2021
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IJF also noted that 'if the final it seemed rather balanced during a large part of regular time'.
But following a very slight injury DE WIT, on his return on the tatami, seemed slightly distracted, which Grigalashvili was able to take advantage of to throw him before applying an unstoppable arm lock. Nice work Mr. Grigalashvili!" the article reads.
Doha is hosting the World Judo Masters on January 11-13.