World and Paralympic medallists were among those that continued their preparation for the season-opening International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) Judo Grand Prix by competing at the IBSA Judo World Cup in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi.
Around 75 judoka from 14 countries competed at the men-only, two-day event.
It came ahead of this year's first IBSA Judo Grand Prix, due to take place in English city Nottingham on April 11 and 12.
The latest chapter in the rivalry between Georgia’s world and Paralympic champion Zviad Gogotchuri and Britain’s Christopher Skelley was written in the up to 100 kilograms final.
Skelley repeatedly gets very close to beating his rival but once again Gogotchuri had the edge to claim the gold medal.
Benjamin Goodrich of the United States beat Ukraine’s Oleksandr Pominov to secure a bronze medal and was joined on the third step of the podium by Uzbekistan’s Sharif Khalilov.
Romania’s Alex Bologa registered his latest victory in the up to 60kg category after overcoming Paralympic champion Sherzod Namozov of Uzbekistan.
In 2019, Bologa, a B1 judoka, was crowned European champion and also triumphed at the IBSA Judo Grand Prix in Uzbekistan's capital Tashkent.
At this year's Paralympic Games in Tokyo, he will aim to improve on his bronze medal-winning performance from Rio 2016.
Azerbaijan’s Murad Aliyev and Spain’s Luis Daniel Gavilan Lorenzo were the up to 60kg bronze medallists.
In the up to 81kg category, Azerbaijan’s Huseyn Rahimli clinched victory.
France’s Nathan Petit was the runner-up, while Uzbekistan’s Davurkhon Karomatov and world champion Lee Jung-min of South Korea were third.
Uzbekistan's Uchkun Kuranbaev and Shirin Sharipov triumphed in the up to 66kg and over-100kg categories, respectively, while Kazakhstan’s Temirzhan Daulet prevailed in the up to 73kg and Ukraine’s Oleksandr Nazarenko was the victor in the up to 90kg.
Uzbekistan finished top of the medal table with two golds, one silver and four bronzes.