The first known final of the day was that of the men's heavyweights, which featured a thrilling match between Ushangi Kokauri (AZE) and Guram Tushishvili (GEO). It must be said that this final was enough to delight the public who came en masse to attend the third day of competition, between the two finalists of the 2018 world championships (Silver for Kokauri and gold for Tushishvili). A little air of revenge therefore reigned in the Olympic Sport Palace Tbilisi for the last contest of the weekend.
Final, Ushangi Kokauri (AZE) vs Guram Tushishvili (GEO)

But we will also remember that if Tushishvili had the full support of the public, his opponent of Georgian origin was also encouraged and the noise level, like the elimination phases, looked particularly high when both judoka stepped on the tatami.

Gold medallist, Guram Tushishvili (GEO)

Before that, the competition was spectacular, which explains, among other things, why it took place so quickly. Ippon, Ippon, Ippon, we no longer knew how to give head as the commitment of the judoka was total from the first contest on.

Final, Ushangi Kokauri (AZE) and Guram Tushishvili (GEO)

Andy Granda (CUB), world champion in 2022, was one of the entertainers of the morning, before he was defeated by Ushangi Kokauri in the semi-final. But obviously the one who made the audience explode with joy was Guram Tushishvili, whose presence and commitment were total from the start of the competition. None of his opponents really managed to resist him, both standing, left and right, and on the ground. Kokauri was warned.

The moment the whole crowd wanted was coming, the moment of the last contest of an unbelievable three day competition and they were expecting something special. That something came in the form or a neat seoi-otoshi, when Tushishvili just dropped under Kakauri and executed the perfect ippon. Unstoppable it was and this was just pure magic. This gold medal, number four in Tbilisi this year for the host country and gold medal number five in a grand slam for Tushishvili.

Bronze medal contest, Saba Inaneishvili (GEO) vs Yerassyl Kazhybayev (KAZ)

Saba Inaneishvili (GEO) provided a second chance at a medal by advancing to the first bronze medal contest against Yerassyl Kazhybayev (KAZ). It was not long before Saba Inaneishvili took the initiative and the lead with a massive soto-makikomi for a waza-ari, but only for a few seconds as the score was upgraded to ippon offering the victory to the Georgian much to the delight of the crowd.

Bronze medal contest, Marius Fizel (SVK) vs Andy Granda (CUB)

The second contest for a bronze medal was between Marius Fizel (SVK) and Andy Granda (CUB). It was a one sided contest, with Granda dominating the debates totally and scoring a with masterpiece, a left handed tai-otoshi for ippon, the kind of movement you learn when you start judo. Well done Andy Granda.

Medals, cheques and flowers were presented by Mr Anzor Chubinidze, Head of the Special State Protection Service of Georgia, and Mr Talgat Baishulakov, vice president of the Kazakhstan Judo Federation

Final (+100 kg)

Bronze Medal Fights (+100 kg)

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