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Shota Chochishvili

Full name: Shota Chochishvili
Original name: შოთა ჩოჩიშვილი
Other name(s): Shota Samsonovich Chochisvili, Шота Самсонович Чочишвили
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2.5 (190 cm)
Weight: 243 lbs (110 kg)
Born: July 10, 1950 in Ghvlevi, Shida Kartli, Georgia
Died: August 27, 2009 in Gori, Shida Kartli, Georgia
Affiliations: Burevestnik Gori, Gori (GEO)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Judo

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

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Biography

Shota Chochishvili was the first Soviet judoka to win an Olympic gold, losing

only one match to eventual silver medalist David Starbrook in the third round of

the half-heavyweight class at the 1972 Munich Olympics. After his rather unexpected win, Chochishvili won three silvers in a row at the European

Championships, to which he later added a bronze in 1977. At the 1976 Olympics,

Chochishvili was one of the main favourites for a gold medal in open class, but

he lost to eventual winner Haruki Uemura and had to settle for a bronze medal.

In 1989, after retiring from judo, Chochishvili won a match against the

legendary professional wrestler Antonio Inoki in mixed martial arts. Later

Shota Chochishvili worked as a judo coach and also served as the vice-president

of the Georgian Olympic Committee and as the vice-president of the Georgian Judo

Federation. His son Ramaz is also a judoka, who won a bronze medal at the 1996

European Championships, representing Ukraine.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 22 München Judo Men's Half-Heavyweight Soviet Union URS 1 Gold
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Judo Men's Open Class Soviet Union URS 3T Bronze

Men's Half-Heavyweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result

Men's Open Class

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
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