The big date for Teddy Riner is just eight days away. Next Friday, July 30, is the date when the French judoka will attempt to win a third Olympic title. He would be the third French sportsman to win three medals in the same sport at three different Games. Tony Estanguet has been the only Frenchman to achieve this feat in canoe-slalom.

Teddy Riner will have to work hard. First of all, the Guadeloupean confided to us that he suffered a severe knee injury five month ago. This has inevitably affected his preparation. The draw did not stop the nine-time champion of the world, who was relegated to 16eWorld rank because of his discretion on circuit for two years..pepsia

Teddy Riner will begin his journey against Stephan Hegyi from Austria (19eworld) whom he had previously met in round two of the 2020 Paris Tournament. The Frenchman won his last of 154 consecutive victories and had complained bitterly about the European bronze medalist in 2019, the young heavyweight. It is the Israeli Or Sasson (13).e(World) who will stand in its path. Similar to Rio, five year ago. The Habs won the semifinals and racked up four wins in as many encounters against Jerusalem’s native.

World number one in quarterfinals?

The task will be difficult in the quarter-finals, where Teddy Riner should face the Russian Tamerlan Başhaev. Bashaev arrives in Japan wearing the number one costume, thanks to his European title and silver medal. at the world championships held in Budapest in June. For his entry, the Russian will have to face Senegalese MbagnickNdiaye. The French star, Teddy Riner, won the Masters in Doha last Jan.

For the semi-final, Teddy Riner will need to find a opponent he is familiar with, Rafael Silva from Brazil (7).eThe world’s second-most decorated Olympic medalist, but the Habs are matched by the Georgian Guram Tushivili (6eWorld Champion 2018, 2018 and against whom the French won both his fights. This includes the 2017 worlds in which the Guadeloupe was almost at the correctional after a sweep.

Two judokas stand out in the final: Lukas Krpalek from Czech (4eworld), who was crowned in Rio in less that 100 kilos. He hopes to do the double in Tokyo or the Japanese HisayoshiHarasawa (2eThe hopes and dreams of a whole country are carried by the world champion. He never became the world champion and he was not able to beat Teddy Riner who had won the Tokyo final. Kokoro Kageura, who had defeated the French at 2020’s Paris Tournament, had done what no one else could.

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