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Georgia edge out reigning judo world champions Russia


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Georgia edge out reigning judo world champions Russia

The men’s and women’s team events wrapped up proceedings at the World Judo championships in Rio de Janeiro.

Georgia won the men’s team gold after narrowly defeating reigning champions Russia, who took the early lead through former European champion Alim Gadanov and Murat Kodzokov.

Georgia fought back to level matters thanks to European silver medallist Avtandili Tchrikishvili and Varlam Liparteliani.

Adam Okruashvili completed the stunning comeback beating Alexander Mikhaylin by ippon in the decider.

Despite no individual medal Japan’s women teamed up together to great effect to beat host nation Brazil in a thrilling final.

Yuki Hashimoto drew first blood for the title holders before newly-crowned world champion Rafael Silva drew the hosts level.

Abe Kana put Japan in the lead once more before Brazil’s Maria Portella ensured the match would go down to the final fight.

Japan struck gold when Megumi Tachimoto defeated world silver medallist Maria Suelen Altheman, whose penalty for passivity was the only thing that separated the pair after five minutes.

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