ORIGINAL FRENCH ARTICLE: http://www.humanite.fr/sports/teddy...
Translated Monday 29 August 2011, by Bill Scobleand reviewed by
Teddy Riner is without a doubt, phenomenal. At the age of 22, the French judoka has had the greatest number wins worldwide in his sport, with an unprecedented five world titles in as many years.
Teddy Riner overcame German Andreas Toelzerde in the heavyweight final, whom he had already eliminated in the 2010 World Championships. Previously, in the semi-final, he eliminated South Korean Kim Sung-min by an ippon in 44 seconds. Even more efficiently, he disposed of Hungarian Barna Bor by an ippon, 33 seconds into the fight. All that remains is for him to go for gold and join his predecessor in the history books, the renowned heavyweight David Douillet, four-time world champion and winner of two Olympic gold medals.
Born in Guadeloupe, Teddy Riner has an unconventional physique: measuring 204cm and weighing in at 135kg. An impressive build, combined with a strong technique which he improves as the months go by.