Riner Wins 9th Judo World Title
Competing for the first time since the 2016 Rio Olympics, French heavyweight king Teddy Riner of France looked like he had never been away. While the Frenchman remained the favorite for the title at the World Championships in Budapest, there was high expectations from all as new challengers had emerged while he had been away and the rules had been modified during his absence.
The 28-year-old heavyweight king extended his run of consecutive contest wins to 134-0 as he won five of his six contests by ippon including the final against world number one David Moura of Brazil. Riner threw with a sasae-tsurikomi-ashi after two minutes of golden score to bring the crowd out of their seats and sent the French fans wild. The Frenchman fell to his knees in jubilation and raised both of his hands up in the air as the French flags were flying highest in Budapest.
David Moura beat former Baku Grand Slam winner Bor Barna (HUN) in the second semi-final to reach his first Worlds final.
In the first bronze medal contest Beijing 2008 Olympic champion Naidan Tuvshinbayar (MGL) defeated Tushishvili. The Mongolian fans in crowd, who were holding up calendars with his face on and 2008, roared with pleasure for their 33-year-old compatriot who took silver at London 2012 and was competing in the heavyweight category for the first time since a rare +100kg appearance in 2011.