The dream of a third consecutive Olympic title was shattered prematurely for Teddy Riner. The French judoka was beaten on waza-ari to the golden score by the Russian Tamerlan Bashaev in the quarter-finals of the Tokyo Olympic Games, this Friday, July 30 at the Nippon Budokan, in the category of over 100 kg which he outrageously dominates for a decade.
Olympic champion in 2012 in London and in 2016 in Rio, Teddy Riner, 32, wanted to become the second judoka in history to win three gold medals in a row, after the Japanese Tadahiro Nomura (2000, 2004 and 2008) . But the French colossus, who had started his tournament well with two victories, can now aim at best for the bronze medal.
“Teddy”, programmed to win
The ten-time world champion had arrived in Tokyo in uncertainty, due to an injury sustained five months ago to the cruciate ligament in his left knee, which he had only recently revealed.