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13 Popular Truths You Did Not Know About Teddy Riner

1. He has won eight World Championships gold medals, the first and only male judoka to do so, and an Olympic gold medal.

2. He has also won four gold medals at the European Championships.

3. He is a member of the Levallois Sporting Club in Levallois-Perret, France.

4. Riner was born on 7 April 1989 in Les Abymes near Pointe–Pitre, on the island of Guadeloupe, during a family holiday.

5. Riner won his third world title at the 2009 World Championships in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

6. He won bouts against Daniel McCormick, Vladimirs Osnachs, Ivan Iliev and Martin Padar in the pool stage before beating Marius Pa?kevi?ius in the semifinals and Oscar Bryson in the final to take the gold medal.

7. In 2010, he won two medals, a gold and a silver, at the World Championships in Tokyo.

8. After winning the +100competition Riner was defeated by Daiki Kamikawa of Japan in the final of open weight class by a 2 1 judge’s decision.

9. Riner won his second European gold medal at the 2011 Championships in Istanbul, Turkey.

10. He defeated Nodor Metreveli, Emil Tahirov and Zohar Asaf to win Pool A of the +100kg competition before defeating Estonian Martin Padar in the semifinals and Barna Bor of Hungary in the final to win the title. At the 2011 World Judo Championships in Paris Riner won the gold medal in men’s +100kg division, beating Germany’s Tlzer in the final.

11. The result meant that Riner became the first ever male Judoka to win five world titles.

12. Riner was selected to compete for France at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom in the men’s heavyweight event.

13. Teddy Riner registered during his career only two defeats in international championship elite: in the 3rd round of the competition (heavyweight) of the Olympics of 2008 in front of Abdullo Tangriev before obtaining the bronze medal, and on September 13, 2010 for the title ” any categories ” of the world of Tokyo in front of Daiki Kamikawa, his last defeat in date, followed by a series of 95 victories (the last won in the world championships on August 29, 2015).

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