Rio 2016: Judo great Riner a winner again


Teddy Riner enhanced his status as the most dominant judoka in the world by retaining his Olympic title in the over 100kg class.

The French heavyweight, his country's flagbearer for the Rio 2016 opening ceremony, got the better of Hisayoshi Harasawa in Friday's final at Carioca Arena 2.

Neither man was able to register an ippon, wazari or yuko, but Riner took victory by virtue of incurring fewer penalty points than his opponent.

Harasawa was penalised twice inside the opening 66 seconds of the five-minute bout, with Riner picking up a solitary shido in the final minute.

At the age of 27, Riner now holds 10 major global titles, having claimed eight World Championship gold medals in addition to his two Olympic triumphs.

The third judoka to defend the over 100kg title, after Hitoshi Sato and David Douillet, he has won his last 58 matches at Olympic Games, World Championships and European Championships.

He was also a bronze medallist at the 2008 Beijing Games.