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France’s Teddy Riner defends title in men’s +100kg

Teddy Riner, who has not lost a match in six years, had to overcome a tough challenge from Israel's Or Sasson.

By: Reuters | Rio De Janeiro |
August 13, 2016 4:24:27 am
Rio 2016 Olympics, Rio 2016 Olympics news, Rio 2016 Olympics updates, Teddy Riner, Teddy Riner win, sports news, sports Teddy Riner beat Japan’s Hisayoshi Harasawa. (Source: Reuters)

Teddy Riner beat Japan’s Hisayoshi Harasawa to defend his Olympic title in the +100kg category on Friday, claiming France’s second judo gold of the day and cementing his place as the world’s best judoka.

Riner, who has not lost a match in six years, had to overcome a tough challenge from Israel’s Or Sasson in the semi-final before defeating Harasawa on penalties in the gold medal match.

Sasson and Brazil’s Rafael Silva won bronze.

Riner’s victory comes on the heels of compatriot Emilie Andeol’s gold in the women’s +78kg division on Friday, which was France’s first judo gold of their Rio campaign.

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