Teddy Riner world champion for the eleventh time
Six years after his last coronation, Teddy Riner regained his title of world champion this…
Six years after his last coronation, Teddy Riner regained his title of world champion this Saturday in Doha. At the end of a new golden score, the Frenchman overcame the Russian Inal Tasoev in the final of +100 kg to snatch his eleventh gold medal at the Worlds.
While he had dispatched his semi-final in 27 seconds, the 34-year-old judoka was patient against the 2021 European champion, letting him accumulate shido over the course of the fight. After an almost waza-ari from the opponent and almost nine minutes of grueling combat, he delivered the fatal blow at the right time to snatch victory.
It is as 18th in the world that the record holder in his category wins an eleventh gold medal. Not being seeded, he had to start the tournament in the first round for his return. A good way to gain confidence just over a year from the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, its ultimate challenge.
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