Olympics 2021 – Judo: terrible disillusionment for Teddy Riner eliminated in the quarter-finals and who will not be Olympic champion a third time

Teddy Riner’s crazy quest came to an abrupt end on the Nippon Bundokan in Tokyo on Friday, July 30, shortly before 6 a.m. Released in the quarter-finals of the Tokyo Olympics against Russian Tamerlan Bashaev, the Frenchman will therefore not win a third consecutive Olympic gold medal. After two controlled first fights, he was surprised by the world number one but still has a chance to grab bronze.

The ten-time world champion had yet controlled his quarter-final of over 100 kg before being surprised in the golden score by a waza-ari from Russian Tamerlan Bashaev, an opponent against whom he had never lost, remaining on four rank wins. Teddy Riner was throwing a movement on the ground when he was unfortunately blocked after only thirty seconds in the golden score.

The entire duel had been to the advantage of the Habs against a size much smaller than his. Dominant, enterprising, Riner quietly led his boat against a wait-and-see adversary. So much so that the referee inflicted two penalties on Tamerlan Bashaev (against one for Riner) and that the third was not far from falling, which would have allowed the Guadeloupe to score a waza-ari.

The disillusionment is terrible for the heavyweight of world judo, who will not join the Japanese Tadahiro Nomura, the only three-time Olympic champion in judo, at the top of the discipline. He still remains in contention for a bronze medal with the draft tournament. It would be a fourth charm in as many Olympics if the Frenchman manages to re-engage.

Teddy Riner had started his day calmly around four in the morning (French time). He first reassured his level of preparation by easily disposing of the young Austrian of 22 years Stephan Hegyi thanks to an ippon made after two minutes and six seconds.

In the round of 16, the opposition rose crescendo. Against the Israeli Or Sasson, bronze medalist in Rio in 2016, Teddy Riner controlled his fight by being formidable efficiency. As in the first round, the native of Pointe-à-Pitre only needed one real offensive to open the scoring. Halfway through the fight, he scored a waza-ari on a nice technique on the ground. These first two fights should inspire the French to go for the bronze.

Two fights and two victories for Teddy Riner who climbed to the quarterfinals of the Olympic +100 kg tournament after beating the Israeli Or Sasson with a waza-ari.