Teddy Riner is making his comeback on the tatami mats this Wednesday at the Masters in Doha in Qatar. The opportunity for the French to forget his defeat in Paris last year.
Teddy Riner returns to the forefront. Indeed, this Wednesday, the French competing in the Masters of Doha. He returned to the tatami mats with rage in his stomach, ready to erase his surprise defeat in Paris last year. Until 2020, the French judoka had not lost a single fight for more than nine years, that is to say 154 victories. Teddy Riner has one of the best judo records in the world.
Ten-time individual world champion, five-time European champion and double gold medalist at the Olympic Games (2012 and 2016), all in the over 100 kg category, the Guadeloupe is no longer to present. The Doha Masters will be an opportunity for him to prove that he is not finished and to recover some points in Olympic rank, where he is “only” 27th. Since Teddy Riner’s only goal is none other than the Olympics and a third gold medal.
But before he can dream of the Olympics, he must meet competitors, rather tough. In this first round, the Frenchman faced Roy Meyer, bronze medalist at the 2019 Worlds. Fight he won. From now on, he has to do battle with Guram Tushishvili, world champion in 2018, or even Hisayoshi Harasawa, silver medalist at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Opponents who will obviously not be fooled.
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Riner lost more than 20 kilos
To return to the best of his form, Teddy Riner has lost no less than twenty kilos, as he confided to France 3 : “For three and a half months, I have had a cook who cooks my meals for me under the orders of my nutritionists. They tell me: “You will eat such and such a food, so many grams, you will have that for dessert.” “It’s really tailor-made. »A diet consisting primarily of green beans and chicken. Beyond nutrition, the Frenchman has also trained a lot: “I really worked on all aspects, whether mental, physical, technical, judo, nutrition. The high level, I think that’s it. Sometimes I may have forgotten in the past these little things, which resulted in these defeats. The great Teddy Riner seems to be back. For him it is “important to set the record straight, to send a strong message and to make [s]opponents that the Games will be for [lui] », As he told the L’Equipe channel. The Doha Masters should be revealing and allow the French to know if his preparation is effective.