The latest Judo News offered by

French legend Riner adds to legacy in Jeju

29 Nov 2014 15:30

 by Mark Pickering - IJF    IJF Media Team / International Judo Federation
20141129_Jeju_RINER, Teddy (FRA) - KIM, Sung Min (KOR)1

Olympic champion and seven-time world champion Teddy Riner of France eased to victory in the heavyweight category and the last final of the day on Saturday. Riner defeated number two seed Kim Sung-Min (KOR) who was unwilling to engage with the French legend and paid the price as he received four shido penalties.

Riner earns 300 points for gold but remains second on the World Ranking List 40 points behind Rafael Silva (BRA) who competes next week in Tokyo.

In the first semi-final Riner, who is undefeated since 2010, swept past Abu Dhabi Grand Slam silver medallist Vladut Simionescu (ROU) with little resistance. Riner scored waza-ari with an ouchi-gari on the edge of the area and added a second waza-ari to take his anticipated place in the final. In the second semi-final 2011 world bronze medallist Kim saw off Abu Dhabi Grand Maciej Sarnacki (POL). The Korean produced a waza-ari from a harai-makikomi and the Polish fighter was unable to continue due to injury.

The first bronze medal went to Sarnacki defeated Lisbon European Open silver medallist Sergey Kesaev (RUS) who come from behind to claim a place on the podium. Sarnacki trailed by a waza-ari until Kesaev lost his footing and was held down for 20 seconds to lose by ippon. The second bronze medal went Simionescu who beat Tashkent Grand Prix winner Battulga Temuulen (MGL) by ippon with one minute and 27 seconds left on the clock.

World silver medallist and Olympic bronze medallist Audrey Tcheumeo (FRA) chalked up a richly-deserved victory in Jeju as she claimed gold by defeating Abu Dhabi Grand Slam winner Luise Malzahn (GER). World number four Malzahn twice with the latter indiscretion coming for stepping out of the area which Tcheumeo was also called up on. Neither judoka could register a score as two of the leading judoka in the category contested a competitive contest.  

In the first semi-final Tcheumeo defeated Olympic champion Kayla Harrison (USA) to secure a place in the final. In their five previous meetings, Harrison had won two, with their last meeting coming at the 2011 World Championships when the Frenchwoman won a semi-final on her way to gold. Tcheumeo and Harrison traded shido penalties before Tcheumeo seized the initiative with a yuko and held on to take a narrow win.   

Related judoka and events

Related Judo Photos

  • Teddy Riner (FRA), Vladut Simionescu (ROU) - Grand Prix Jeju (2014, KOR) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation
  • Teddy Riner (FRA) - Grand Prix Jeju (2014, KOR) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation
  • Audrey Tcheumeo (FRA) - Grand Prix Jeju (2014, KOR) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation

Related Judo Videos

Related Judo News


Teddy Riner back at the Grand Slam in Paris

8 Nov 2019 11:10

The world-renowned Paris Grand Slam, the IJF’s iconic French supershow, will be more important than ever in 2020 as the first of four Grand Slam events to take place before the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Tickets are now on sale for the two-day showpiece (8-9 February) at the AccorHotels Arena which attracts the world’s leading judoka and thousands of fans along with hundreds of media from all over the world. Read more


Teddy Riner moves to 153-0 since 2010

9 Oct 2019 09:10

Olympic heavyweight champion Teddy Riner made light work of former world silver medallist David Moura (BRA) in the last contest at the first edition of the Brasilia Grand Slam. Riner moved to 4-0 against Brazil’s man-mountain as he rushed past the home hope in 20 seconds by ippon from an o-soto-makikomi. Read more


Teddy Riner and Lukas Krpalek prepare for another battle

8 Oct 2019 14:15

The epic first time heavyweight showdown between Olympics champions Teddy Riner (FRA) and Lukas Krpalek (CZE) was a nerve-shredding affair and, as expected, proved to be one of the toughest challenges for the all-conquering Frenchman in his near decade long reign at the top of the sport. Read more


Georgii Zantaraia and Idalys Ortiz are World Championships legends

15 Aug 2019 10:25

Without Teddy Riner Cuban judo star Idalys Ortiz is the one with the most World Championships medals fighting in Tokyo. The Cuban heavyweight captured seven World Championships medals in her career. In 2009 she won her first and in 2013 and 2014 she took the world title. Read more


Japan understands the art of winning a final

14 Aug 2019 10:30

Winning finals is a quality. Just a gut feeling says that the Japanese understand that quality really well. Zooming into the stats, just confirms that the Japanese are true masters taking the gold in a final. Obviously Japan is the most successful nation and they take a lot of medals, so they also lost a few contests. Still the distribution of gold in finals is positively balanced by the Japanese. Read more

Judo birthday

Result City Date
2Osaka23 Nov
3Brasilia7 Oct
1Tokyo1 Sep
1Montreal5 Jul
2Fukuoka7 Apr
Result City Date
1Osaka23 Nov
5Budapest13 Jul
3Fukuoka7 Apr
2Düsseldorf22 Feb


First description Second description Third description Four description