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Teddy Riner is a French judoka. He has won five world titles, the first male judoka to do so, and an Olympic gold medal. He is a member of the Levallois Sporting Club in Levallois-Perret, France. He won nine gold medals on different occasions during 2007 and 2012.
Riner is a member of the Levallois Sporting Club in Levallois-Perret, France and is coached by Christian Chaumont and Benoit Campargue. He won the World and European junior titles in 2006. In 2007, he won a gold medal at the European Judo Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, on the day after his eighteenth birthday. 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 final. At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, Riner competed in the men's heavyweight event. 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 semifinals. In the semis he was beaten by Uzbek judoka Abdullo Tangriev on the golden score, meaning Riner had to enter the repechage rounds. In the repechage he defeated Andreas Tölzer and Joao 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.In December 2008 he won his second World Championship gold medal at the Open weight Championships held in Levallois-Perret, France, by beating Aleksandr Mikhailine of Russia in the final.
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 ebfore beating Marius Paskevicius in the semifinals and Oscar Bryson in the final to take the gold medal. 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 semifinals and Barna Bor of Hungary in the final to win the title.
At the 2011 World Judo Championships in Paris Riner won the gold medal in men's +100 kg division, beating Germany's Tolzer in the final. The result meant that Riner became the first ever male Judoka to win five world titles. He won his sixth World Championship gold medal as part of the French side that won the team event.