La France a remporté la médaille d'or en judo lors de la première épreuve par équipes mixtes jamais organisée aux Jeux, samedi, battant le Japon 4-1 en finale et aidant leur légende des poids lourds Teddy Riner à compléter sa collection de médailles olympiques. </p><div> <p>Avec la victoire de samedi, Riner, 32 ans, a maintenant un total de trois médailles d'or et deux médailles de bronze lors de ses apparitions aux Jeux olympiques.
This success made up for his surprise loss in the quarter-finals on Friday in the men’s +100 kg individual event against Tamerlan Bashaev of the Russian Olympic Committee. The Frenchman had to settle for the bronze medal.
The silver medal went to Japan and the two bronze medals went to Germany and Israel.
Japan won nine gold, two silver and one bronze medals in judo in Tokyo – a record since it became an Olympic event for men in 1964 and for women in 1992.
The new team event meant a 15th gold medal in judo was offered in addition to the seven weight classes for men and women.
Three women in the -57 kg, -70 kg, +70 kg weight categories and three men in the -73 kg, -90 kg and +90 kg weight categories faced each other one by one in the team event.
In the team competition final, Riner beat Japanese gold medalist Aaron Wolf with an inside thigh throw to claim a waza-ari victory in a grueling Golden Score sudden death overtime, bringing his country of gold in the new team competition. .
Teammate Sarah Leonie Cysique followed suit, beating Japan’s Tsukasa Yoshida with an inside-thigh waza-ari throw to make it a 4-1 victory.
Previously, France had beaten Israel in the quarter-finals 4-3, with the help of Riner, who had offered Israeli Or Sasson a combination of two waza-aris – a floating throw and a saddle grip – to win it over. make an ippon victory.
The French then succeeded in their semi-final against the Netherlands.
Japan had a rough start in the quarter-finals when Uta Abe and Shohei Ono, both individual gold medalists in Tokyo, lost to Germans Theresa Stoll and Igor Wandtke.
But the four other Japanese judokas beat their German opponents to win 4-2.
The Japanese team handily beat the Russian Olympic Committee 4-0 in the semifinals.