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Avtandili Tchrikishvili has his revenge against Pietri

25 Apr 2014 17:55

   Stanislaw Michalowski
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One of the best clashes of the weekend was the European title battle U81kg between by Avtandili Tchrikishvili of Georgia and his enemy Loic Pietri. It was a repetition of the World Championship final last year in Rio and Tchrikishvili took his revenge, in France.

Tchrikishvili had a tough match in the semi final against Aliaksandr Stsiashenka of Belarus in the semi-final and bested Roman Moustopoulos of Greece in the quarter.

Pietri was expected to claim the title despite te severe competition of the Georgian hero who received the cheers of the enthusiastic and close team. This time he had the breath to proceed and to stay in the lead during the match. Both men are candidates for an Olympic medal in Rio in 2016.

German Sven Maresch and Szabolcs Krizsan (HUN) claimed the bronze medals. Maresch defeated Moustopoulos and Kriszan bested Belarussian Stsiashenka for bronze.


Avtandili Tchirikishvili (GEO) successfully defended his title of 2013 won in Budapest. With 35 athletes this is one of the most competitive categories if not the best.

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  • Avtandili Tchrikishvili (GEO), Loïc Pietri (FRA), Szabolcs Krizsan (HUN), Sven Maresch (GER) - European Championships Montpellier (2014, FRA) - © Stanislaw Michalowski
  • Avtandili Tchrikishvili (GEO) - European Championships Montpellier (2014, FRA) - © Stanislaw Michalowski
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