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The return of Teddy Riner: Olympic gold medal in Tokyo 2020 as goal
23 Jan 2019 11:15
Teddy Riner is back in training in France after a year without competition. Last two months he was in training in Japan and Portland in the United States. The double Olympic champion now returned to Paris with goal of a third gold medal in 2020 in Tokyo.
"In my sport, there is only one triple Olympic champions, Tadahiro Nomura. But if I win, I will be the only one to hold four Olympic medals. Three of them are gold, so that's a challenge, it's the challenge of a career."
After a physical training, Riner exchanged a few shots with his favourite sparring partner, the German Nico Kanning, who accompanied him last year.
And he is motivated as his trainer explains for 17 years, Franck Chambilly: "The desire is there, it's already a very good thing because it's been a year since he cut the training. He remained in training but in small periods. So he is very motivated to return, we saw him this morning, there is envy, he wants to do well and he is in a hurry. "
And no deadlock for the upcoming World Championships in Tokyo in September, he will participate in the team event and will see for a possible participation in individual. Everything will depend on his physical condition, because at the age of 29, after 14 years spent on tatami mats, the body of the judoka of 2.04 meters has suffered, and he accuses some extra pounds.
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