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Date
13 Aug 2016
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RIO 2016 , IOC News , Judo , France

French duo seal famous judo double

Teddy Riner successfully defended his Olympic title in the +100kg category on 12 August, claiming France's second judo gold of the day following Emilie Andeol’s victory in the women’s +78kg.

Riner, who has not lost a match in six years, a run including 98 matches, had to overcome a tough challenge from Israel's Or Sasson in the semi-final before defeating Hisayoshi Harasawa on penalties in the gold medal match.

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Riner, who claimed a bronze in Beijing in 2008, becomes the third judoka to claim gold in the men's +100kg in back-to-back Olympic Games after David Douillet (FRA) in 1996-2000 and Hitoshi Saito (JPN) 1984-1988.

“Today is a big day, for my life, because I have a new gold medal,” Riner explained. “I am very happy for my family and for my friends. This Olympiad has been very hard because I had an injury, but today I won. It's a big dream. Each competition is a new start. I like my sport, I like the challenge, and I like the gold medal.”

Andeol ends French drought

Riner's victory came hot on the heels of compatriot Emilie Andeol's gold in the women's +78kg division, which was France's first judo gold of their Rio campaign. Andeol knocked out top seed Yu Song (CHN) in the semi-final, before finally beating London gold medalist Ortiz in over three minutes of "golden score" extra time with a match-ending ippon. An ippon is the highest score a fighter can achieve.

“Out of 10? It was a nine,” said Andeol on the difficulty of her encounter with Ortiz. “I can’t believe it. I had nothing to lose, honestly. This morning was very difficult, but I did what I had to do and here I am Olympic Champion.”

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Ortiz's silver is her third Olympic medal. As well as gold in 2012, she won bronze in Beijing in 2008. Kanae Yamabe won bronze, which was Japan’s 11th medal, a record by an NOC in judo in a single Olympic Games.

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France, one of just three countries fielding a full team of 14 judokas in Rio, had claimed two silver medals and one bronze heading into the final day of Olympic judo action.

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