For his first world judo championships in six years, Teddy Riner will be eagerly awaited on the tatami mats in Doha (Qatar). Discover the day of his entry into the running.
The best judoka in history will make his debut this Saturday at the 2023 world championships. Six years after his last Worlds, Teddy Riner will aim for an eleventh crown. Even if the task will not be easy.
After the triumph of Clarisse Agbegnenou on Wednesday, the tricolor delegation hopes to see the tenfold planetary champion on the first step of the podium on Saturday in Doha. And thus succeed in improving his record and enter a little more in the history of judo.
“I’m motivated like never before,” said the 34-year-old judoka during a press briefing from the France team. “He wants to get on this World Championship to test himself, his coach Franck Chambily told AFP. And testing yourself means taking the best of the moment. And there for once, it will be the case if all goes well. Looking at the draw, it’s not an easy draw. But we are here for that. You have to see things in the face. The Olympics are coming at high speed and it’s going to be a very good test. I feel impatient to want to come to this competition to see a bit of the level he has compared to the very best of recent years.
Note that if Teddy Riner reaches the quarter-finals of the +100 kg category, he could face the new Japanese star Tsatsuru Saito before finding his Tokyo Olympics scorer, the Russian Tamerlan Bashaev, in the semi-finals.