Teddy Riner, world champion for the eleventh time
The Paris Saint-Germain judoka was crowned world champion (+100 kg) for the eleventh time in his career on Saturday in Doha (Qatar).
Teddy Riner defeated Inal Tasoev (RUS) in the final of his category to win the gold medal at the 2023 World Championships. The 34-year-old Rouge et Bleu judoka became World Champion for the eleventh time in his career. His last world title in the +100 kg category was in September 2017, in Budapest (Hungary).
The Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe) native, three-time Olympic champion, successively disposed of Romanian Vladut Simionescu in the round of 64, Polish Kacper Szczurowski in the round of 32, Mongolian Tsetsentsengel Odkhuu in the round of 16, Japanese Tatsuru Saito in the quarter-finals, Tajik Temur Rakhimov in the semi-finals, and finally Russian Inal Tasoev.
Teddy Riner is the second Paris Saint-Germain Judo athlete to win a medal at these World Championships, after Amandine Buchard (-52 kg) won bronze last Monday.
"We are witnessing a historic moment today and we are very happy for Teddy. With this performance in a difficult draw, he has once again shown what an outstanding athlete he is. His mental strength and talent have allowed him to return to the top. He has managed to improve on what was already one of the richest records in the history of all sports. It is a great pride to have him with us at Paris Saint-Germain and we will be by his side to accompany him to one of the greatest goals of his career: the Olympic Games in Paris next year," explained Djamel Bouras, President of the Paris Saint-Germain Judo section.