Ilias Iliadis Coming Out of Retirement

It appears that legendary Georgian-born judoka Ilias Iliadis will be ending his retirement from judo next month, as he will compete in the Openweight World Championships next month in Marrakech, Morocco.

The 30-year-old Iliadis announced his retirement from the sport at the end of the 2016 Olympics in Rio, where he finished 17th in the -90kg weight class. He had since been working global development activities for the International Judo Federation (IJF).

At the age of 17, Iliadis became the youngest judoka to win an Olympic gold medal, when he won the honor at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, where he competed in the -81kg weight class. Iliadis has also won gold medals at the World Judo Championships in 2010, 2011 and 2014, competing at -90kg in all three years.

He earned silver medals in the same weight class at the 2005 and 2007 World Championships, and bronze medals at the 2012 Olympics in London and 2013 World Championships.

This year’s World Championships take place November 11 and 12. The last Openweight World Championships took place back in 2011 in Tyumen, Russia.

Teddy Riner will also be competing in this tournament, looking for his 10th world judo title. Almost two months ago, Riner made history by winning his ninth world title and extending his legendary consecutive match winning streak to 134. Former Olympic silver medalist Varlam Liparteliani and former Olympic bronze medallist Cyrille Maret will also be competing in this tournament.

Original Story: Judo Inside

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