Olympic judo: France’s Riner wins goldAugust 4th, 2012 - 12:13 am ICT by IANS
London, Aug 3 (IANS/RIA Novosti) French judoka Teddy Riner won an Olympics gold in the men’s 100+ kg category here Friday, beating Russia’s Alexander Mikhaylin in the final.
Riner, a bronze medalist in Beijing four years ago and a six-time World champion, won by waza-ari, depriving Russia of its fourth judo gold at the Games.
“I have trained for this and I earned this medal,” Riner said, adding that he would now focus on retaining his Olympic title in Rio de Janeiro in four years’ time.
“Next for me is Brazil at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.”
Mikhaylin is the reigining European champion and a three-time world champion.
Earlier, German judoka Andreas Toelzer and Brazil’s Rafael Silva won the bronze medals.
Toelzer beat Belarusian judoka Ihar Makarau by ippon, while Silva beat South Korea’s Sung-Min Kim by ippon in the golden score period.
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