Georgia rises to world’s best in men’s judo

Georgia Judo wrote a new history.

The men’s 90kg final at the 2023 World Championships held on the 11th (local time) in Doha, Qatar. When Luca Maisuradze (25, world No. 3) and Rasha Bekauri (23, world No. 7) appeared on the mat, a national flag with five crosses was waved in the stands of Ali bin Hamad Al Atiyah Arena. It was because the two players were the same Georgia representative.

It was the first time Georgia players faced each other in the final of the Judo World Championships. In the Olympics, only one athlete from each weight category can participate in a country, but in the case of the world championships, up to two athletes can participate in each weight category. However, the size of the entire team must not exceed 9 men and women (7 weight classes).

The gold medal was won by Maisuraj. He was unable to tie the game in the 4th minute and went into overtime, the golden score method, ending the game with a half-score in 2 minutes and 12 seconds. Mai Suraj quickly turned his body to lie down and tried to kick him back as Bekauri tried the field leg technique.바카라사이트

The referee requested a video review after seeing that Maisuraje’s back touched the mat first in the process of using the technique. After analyzing the screen, the panel, including Yongin University professor Jeon Ki-young, who is the head of the IJF (International Judo Federation) referee, raised Mysuraj’s hand.

Mysuraj became the first world champion. He won a bronze medal in the 81kg class at the 2019 Tokyo Games, and after raising one weight class to the 90kg class in 2021, he staked a bronze medal again at the 2022 competition.

It was also significant that Mysura Zero beat Bekauri, the gold medalist at the last Tokyo Olympics. He lost one half to Bekauri at the Grand Slam tournament held in Tbilisi, his capital, in March. The two are expected to continue competing for the right to participate in the Paris Olympics next year.

Georgia’s Tato Grigalashvili won the men’s 81kg class the day before and achieved its second consecutive victory in the event, and Mysurah Island won the gold medal, achieving the highest ever world championship result. Georgia has won all 8 gold medals (12 silver and 23 bronze) in individual events at world championships, but this is the first time that it has won two gold medals in one event. As of the 11th, having completed 5 out of 7 men’s weight classes, he is leading with 2 gold, 1 silver, and 1 bronze.

Georgia emerged as a powerhouse in men’s judo in the 2000s. There is a traditional wrestling called ‘Chidaoba’ in this country with a population of 3.7 million on the Black Sea coast. Wearing a sleeveless costume called ‘Choka’, tie a belt around the waist and play for 5 minutes. It is not unfamiliar as it has techniques reminiscent of Korean wrestling as well as judo and wrestling. In particular, it has a variety of catching techniques, making it suitable for judo applications. Chidaoba was registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2018 along with Korean wrestling.

On the 12th, the 6th day of the tournament, Georgia expects another gold medal from Ilya Sulamanidze, the world’s No. 1 in the men’s 100kg category. Korea did not field any fighters in this weight class.

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