The final day of the Tbilisi Grand Prix saw home favourite Adam Okruashvili roar to the heavyweight title.
In football, support at home is often regarded as having an extra man on the field. In judo, perhaps it equates to having an extra 20kg on your back.
However you want to measure it, Georgia’s Adam Okruashvili moved the crowd and their response help lift him to the top of the podium on the final day of the Tbilisi Grand Prix in the -100kg category.
The local hero and 2013 World Master first put paid to Brazil’s David Moura in the semis.
He then faced off against Ukraine’s Stanislav Bondarenko whom he got the better of with an osae-komi-waza for ippon.
His effort sent the crowd wild and Okruashvili duly paid tribute to the those who shouted out his name during the semis.