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TOKYO, July 28 (Xinhua) -- Lasha Bekauri claimed the first Olympic gold medal for Georgia at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Wednesday when he triumphed in the men's judo -90kg category, while Chizuru Arai grabbed the sixth gold in judo for the host nation.

In the final, the 21-year-old Georgian beat Eduard Trippel of Germany by a waza-ari in regular time. Davlat Bobonov of Uzbekistan and Krisztian Toth of Hungary shared bronze medals in the category.

So far, Georgia has collected one gold and two silvers at the Games, all of them from judo.

"Of course this was a special day in my career. I am just 21 years old, so it was a bit unbelievable for me that at such a young age I became an Olympic champion," said Bekauri, who was the second youngest Olympic gold medal winner in the men's -90kg event. "This was just the beginning, because I would like to be a four-time Olympic champion."

The women's -70kg semifinal saw an intense battle between Arai and Madina Taimazova of Russian Olympic Committee (ROC). After 12 minutes and 41 seconds of additional time, Arai claimed the victory by an ippon, the latter had to leave the tatami with swollen right eye.

Later on, Arai scored a waza-ari over Austrian Michaela Polleres to win in the final.

Taimazova and Sanne van Dijke of the Netherlands gained the bronze medals in the division. China's Sun Xiaoqian was eliminated in the round of 32.

"Of course it hurt, but I forgot about my eye and concentrated on the fight. I didn't think about the pain. I gave my all to win that medal," said Taimazova, when asked about the swelling gash above right eye.

"My opponent was very strong and performed her best. It wasn't easy to grab her and use my ground techniques," said Arai. "Rather than waiting to the shido, I wanted a clear-cut win. I was always looking to throw my opponent, that was the essence of judo."

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