Gori judoka Vazha Margvelashvili brought the first silver medal at the XXXII Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Georgia! The 27-year-old judoka had the best day of his career in the 66 kg weight category.
At the start, Vazha defeated his awkward opponent, Chechen Yakub Shamilov, who competed on behalf of Russia.
In the final, the Georgian, the undisputed favorite of this weight, two-time world champion, 23-year-old Japanese Hifumi Abe, who showed the highest class at the Olympics, was waiting. Marvelashvili tried a lot, but he was even better than a Georgian in Abe class, the Japanese took Vazar from the beginning, then moved to defense and led the final to victory.
It was a miracle day for the Abe family, as shortly before Hiphum Abe became the Olympic champion in the 52kg weight category for her and Uta Abec.
Such a thing happened for the first time in the 125-year history of the Olympic Games. Utah was an active fan of Hiffum during the final match. Eventually, the Japanese national anthem was played twice in Tokyo Budokan Hall, and on the main pedestal, siblings Uta and Hifumi Abe ascended.
Vazha Margvelashvili’s silver is the 126th medal won by Georgian athletes at the Olympics, 20 of which are at the expense of judoists. Shota Chochishvili won gold in 1972 in Munich and bronze in 1976 in Montreal; The same result was repeated by Lasha Shavdatuashvili, who won gold in London in 2012 and bronze in 2016 in Rio. Lasha will be released in Tokyo tomorrow.
Olympic champions in judo are also Shota Khabareli, Davit Khakhaleishvili, Zurab Zviadauri and Irakli Tsirekidze. Olympic silver: Temur Khubuluri, Ramaz Kharshiladze, Nestor Khergiani and Varlam Liparteliani will also compete in Tokyo. Parnaoz Chikviladze, Anzor Kiknadze, Givi Onashvili, Giorgi Tenadze, Soso Liparteliani, Amiran Totikashvili and Giorgi Vazagashvili won bronze medals.
Before that, another Georgian sportsman entered the history of the Olympic Games. Nino Salukvadze, a 52-year-old lead shooter, did not qualify, but she became the first woman to participate in the ninth Olympics in a row.
Tetiana Levitska-Shukwan made her judo debut today, defeating Haitel Anestor easily at first, but then lost to future finalist, French star Amanda Bouchard, suffered an injury and left the tatami in tears.
Shota Mishvelidze, a weightlifter in the 61 kg weight category, came out very weak and had high hopes for him. Shota failed in several attempts and eventually finished in seventh place. In the 67 kg weight category, our second weightlifter Goga Chkheidze showed the best result in Group B, however, this result was not enough to win a medal.
Olympic, world and European champion Lasha Shavdatuashvili will start competing in Tokyo on July 26. He is one of the favorites in the 73 kg weight category. Georgian judoka Eter Liparteliani will make her Olympic debut in 57 kg weight.
The second round match will be held by Nikoloz Basilashvili from Choburti, whose opponent will be Italian Lorenzo Sonego. Two Georgians will participate in the 1/16 final of boxing: Sahil Allahverdov and Giorgi Kharabadze.