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Teddy Riner 152-fights unbeaten and back in Paris
7 Feb 2020 08:05
All the signs are encouraging that double Olympic champion and 10-time world champion Teddy Riner, 30, will indeed compete in Paris for the first time since 2013 and open his 2020 season on home soil. He is 152-fights unbeaten and back in Paris at the biggest tournament in the IJF World Tour.
The French great, who is undefeated at the Paris Grand Slam with five victories, returned last summer after a two-year break to win the Montreal Grand Prix and then followed up with gold at the Brasilia Grand Slam in October.
France’s favourite sportsman has not fought since then and due to the stop-start nature of his competitive schedule, as he boldly plots his path to Paris 2024, Riner is still a lowly number 33 on the IJF World Ranking List.
The PSG Judo Club member is listed in the official team selection by FF Judo for their home Grand Slam and needs the points to be in the world’s top 18 by the end of May which means that he needs to compete several times and win over the next few months.
Ultimately a decision about his highly-desired participation in Paris will be made several days out from the event by the great man himself and the team around him.
If Teddy dons his golden backpatch a week Sunday then some fascinating matches are in prospect with Kageura Kokoro (JPN), Roy Meyer (NED), Inal Tasoev (RUS), Or Sasson (ISR) and David Moura (BRA) among a field bursting with world-class heavyweights.
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