Sunday, for the second day of the Paris Grand Slam, Georgia won three new medals, a silver one for a superb Beka Gviniashvili (-90 kg), a bronze for Nugzari Tatalashvili (-81 kg) and Varlam Liparteliani (-100 kg). On Saturday, Lasha Shavdatuashvili won the silver medal (-73 kg).
By Ludovic Mauchien
They hoped a better harvest and, in particular, at least one gold medal, but the fate did not smile for them in Paris. After Shavdatuashvili’s defeat on Saturday in the final, they had a lot of hope for Sunday.
In -81 kg, If Zebeda Rekhiashvili fell in the second round against the Israeli fighter Muki, Nugzari Tatalashvili kept going until the quarter-final against the Czech Musil. He then came out beautifully from the repechage trap by dominating the Canadian Valois-Fortier (3rd of the 2012 Olympics) to adorn himself with bronze.
In -90 kg, Ushangi Margiani fell in the second round. On the other hand, Beka Gviniashvili made a superb tournament by winning all his fights (four) by Ippon. Unfortunately for him, in the final against the Japanese Mukai, 3rd of the 2017 Asian Championships, he was surprised at the outset and injured his knee.
In -100 kg, Lasha Taveluri lost in the second round against the coming winner, the Dutchman Korrel. On his side, Varlam Liparteliani had to bow to Ippon in the quarter-finals against Frenchman Cyrille Maret, who was very much supported by his audience, but he did not get lost in conjunctures to grab bronze two Ippons later.
In +100 kg, Levani Matiashvili fell in the second round against the Algerian Tayeb, while Guram Tushishvili was disqualified in the semi-final against the 2016 Asian champion, the young Japanese Kageura, the future winner of the event.