Teddy Riner

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Teddy Riner
Teddy Riner Cannes 2016.jpg
Riner in 2016
Personal information
Full nameTeddy Pierre-Marie Riner
Nickname(s)Teddy Bear, Big Ted, Big Teddy
Born (1989-04-07) 7 April 1989 (age 34)
Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe, France
Height2.04 m (6 ft 8 in)[1]
Weight150 kg (331 lb)[2]
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata
Country France
Weight class+100 kg
Rank     6th dan black belt in Judo
ClubParis Saint-Germain
Turned pro2007–
Coached byChristian Chaumont, Benoît Campargue
Medal record
Men's judo
Representing  France
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2012 London +100 kg
Gold medal – first place 2016 Rio de Janeiro +100 kg
Gold medal – first place 2020 Tokyo Mixed team
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Beijing +100 kg
Bronze medal – third place 2020 Tokyo +100 kg
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2007 Rio de Janeiro +100 kg
Gold medal – first place 2008 Levallois-Perret Open
Gold medal – first place 2009 Rotterdam +100 kg
Gold medal – first place 2010 Tokyo +100 kg
Gold medal – first place 2011 Paris +100 kg
Gold medal – first place 2011 Paris Men's team
Gold medal – first place 2013 Rio de Janeiro +100 kg
Gold medal – first place 2014 Chelyabinsk +100 kg
Gold medal – first place 2015 Astana +100 kg
Gold medal – first place 2017 Budapest +100 kg
Gold medal – first place 2017 Marrakesh Open
Gold medal – first place 2023 Doha +100 kg
Silver medal – second place 2010 Tokyo Open
Bronze medal – third place 2017 Budapest Mixed team
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 2007 Belgrade +100 kg
Gold medal – first place 2011 Istanbul +100 kg
Gold medal – first place 2013 Budapest +100 kg
Gold medal – first place 2014 Montpellier +100 kg
Gold medal – first place 2016 Kazan +100 kg
Silver medal – second place 2010 Vienna Men's team
Silver medal – second place 2011 Istanbul Men's team
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Montpellier Men's team
World Masters
Gold medal – first place 2010 Suwon +100 kg
Gold medal – first place 2011 Baku +100 kg
Gold medal – first place 2015 Rabat +100 kg
Gold medal – first place 2021 Doha +100 kg
IJF Grand Slam
Gold medal – first place 2009 Paris +100 kg
Gold medal – first place 2010 Paris +100 kg
Gold medal – first place 2011 Paris +100 kg
Gold medal – first place 2012 Paris +100 kg
Gold medal – first place 2013 Paris +100 kg
Gold medal – first place 2019 Brasilia +100 kg
Gold medal – first place 2022 Budapest +100 kg
Gold medal – first place 2023 Paris +100 kg
IJF Grand Prix
Gold medal – first place 2014 Jeju +100 kg
Gold medal – first place 2015 Qingdao +100 kg
Gold medal – first place 2015 Jeju +100 kg
Gold medal – first place 2016 Samsun +100 kg
Gold medal – first place 2017 Zagreb +100 kg
Gold medal – first place 2019 Montreal +100 kg
World Juniors Championships
Gold medal – first place 2006 Santo Domingo +100 kg
Gold medal – first place 2008 Bangkok +100 kg
European Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2006 Tallinn +100 kg
Bronze medal – third place 2005 Zagreb +100 kg
Mediterranean Games
Gold medal – first place 2009 Pescara +100 kg
Profile at external databases
Updated on 16 May 2023.

Teddy Pierre-Marie Riner (/ˈrnər/, French: [tedi pjɛʁ maʁi ʁinœʁ]; born 7 April 1989) is a French judoka. He has won eleven World Championships gold medals, the first and only judoka (male or female) to do so, and three Olympic gold medals (two individual, one team). He has also won five gold medals at the European Championships. He was a member of the Levallois Sporting Club before joining Paris Saint-Germain in August 2017.

Personal life[edit]

Riner was born on 7 April 1989 in Les Abymes near Pointe-à-Pitre, in Guadeloupe, an insular region of France in the Caribbean. He was raised in Paris.[3][4] He was enrolled at a local sports club by his parents and played football, tennis and basketball, but says he preferred judo "because it is an individual sport and it's me, only me."[4]

He is 2.04 metres (6 ft 8 in) tall and weighs 130 kilograms (290 lb).[1][5] He is nicknamed "Teddy Bear",[6] or "Big Ted".[7]

Judo career[edit]

Riner was a member of the Levallois Sporting Club in Levallois-Perret, France and is coached by Christian Chaumont and Benoît Campargue.[7] He won the World and European junior titles in 2006.[4] In 2007, he won a gold medal at the European Judo Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, on the day after his eighteenth birthday.[8] At the 2007 World Judo Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he became the youngest ever senior world champion when he won the heavyweight (+100 kg) event, defeating the 2000 Olympic gold medallist, Kosei Inoue of Japan, in the semi-final.[4][8]

At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, Riner competed in the men's heavyweight event.[3] He received a bye into the second round of the competition before beating Anis Chedli of Tunisia and Kazakhstan's Yeldos Ikhsangaliyev to advance to the semi-finals.[3] In the semis he was beaten by Uzbek judoka Abdullo Tangriev on the golden score, meaning Riner had to enter the repechage rounds.[3] In the repechage he defeated Andreas Tölzer and João Schlittler to reach a bronze medal final against Lasha Gujejiani of Georgia; Riner took the bronze medal by a score of one ippon, one yuko and one koka to nil.[3] In December 2008 he won his second World Championship gold medal at the Open weight Championships held in Levallois-Perret, France, by beating Alexander Mikhaylin of Russia in the final.[9][10]

Riner defeating Tölzer in 2010 World Judo Championships

Riner won his third world title at the 2009 World Championships in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He won bouts against Daniel McCormick, Vladimirs Osnachs, Ivan Iliev and Martin Padar in the pool stage before beating Marius Paškevičius in the semi-finals and Oscar Bryson in the final to take the gold medal.[11]

In 2010, he won two medals, a gold and a silver, at the World Championships in Tokyo. After winning the +100 competition Riner was defeated by Daiki Kamikawa of Japan in the final of open weight class by a 2–1 judge's decision.[12] After the bout, Riner refused to bow or to shake Kamikawa's hand, claiming that he "was robbed".[13]

Teddy Riner in 2012

Riner won his second European gold medal at the 2011 Championships in Istanbul, Turkey. He defeated Nodor Metreveli, Emil Tahirov and Zohar Asaf to win Pool A of the +100 kg competition before defeating Estonian Martin Padar in the semi-finals and Barna Bor of Hungary in the final to win the title.[14] At the 2011 World Judo Championships in Paris Riner won the gold medal in men's +100 kg division, beating Germany's Tölzer in the final. The result meant that Riner became the first ever male Judoka to win five world titles.[15][16][17] He won his sixth World Championship gold medal as part of the French side that won the team event.[8][18][19]

Riner was selected to compete for France at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England in the men's heavyweight event.[6][7] The event took place at ExCeL London on 3 August.[20] Riner won the gold medal by defeating Russia's Alexander Mikhaylin in the final.[21]

At the 2016 Olympics, he defended his Olympics heavyweight title, defeating Hisayoshi Harasawa in the final.[22]

In his career, Riner was only defeated nine times in elite international championships. He lost to Brayson and Tölzer in 2006, to Bianchessi and Rybak in 2007 and to Muneta and Grim Vuijsters in 2008. He lost to Abdullo Tangriev in the third round of the 2008 Summer Olympics, before obtaining the bronze medal, and on 13 September 2010 he lost the openweight title at the 2010 World Judo Championships in Tokyo to Daiki Kamikawa, his last defeat before a series of 154 victories. After almost 10 years, he lost in the third round of the Paris Grand Slam against world number 2 Kokoro Kageura.[23]

In 2021, he won the gold medal in his event at the 2021 Judo World Masters held in Doha, Qatar.[24][25]

At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Riner achieved a bronze medal in the over 100-kilogram class following a defeat by Russian judoka Tamerlan Bashaev.[26][27] He also won the gold medal in the mixed team event.[28]

Awards and honors[edit]


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  2. ^ "Judo. Back on the tatami, Teddy Riner wins the Budapest Grand Slam". Ouest-France (in French). Agence France-Presse. 10 July 2022. Archived from the original on 10 July 2022. Retrieved 19 May 2023.
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  22. ^ "Teddy Riner Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  23. ^ Martin Goillandeau; John Sinnott (9 February 2020). "French judo great loses first fight in nearly 10 years". CNN. Retrieved 9 February 2020.
  24. ^ "2021 Judo World Masters". International Judo Federation. Retrieved 13 January 2021.
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  26. ^ A French judo legend falls short of a third consecutive Olympic gold, settling for bronze instead. Ken Belson, New York Times, July 29, 2021
  27. ^ Krpalek wins gold as Riner suffers shock defeat Tetsushi Kajimoto Tetsushi Kajimoto, Reuters, July 30, 2021
  28. ^ Barker, Philip (31 July 2021). "France win first Olympic mixed team judo title with commanding display against Japan". InsideTheGames.biz. Retrieved 31 July 2021.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  29. ^ "Marion Bartoli élue championne des championnes 2013 par RTL". RTL. 13 December 2013.

External links[edit]

Media related to Teddy Riner at Wikimedia Commons

Awards and achievements
Preceded by French Sportsman of the Year
2016, 2017
Succeeded by
Olympic Games
Preceded by Flagbearer for  France
Rio de Janeiro 2016
Succeeded by