TOKYO, July 30 (Reuters) – French heavyweight judoka Teddy Riner suffered a shock defeat on Friday, losing to Tamerlan Bashaev of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) team in the men’s +100 kg judo division. ‘tipping from the race for the gold medal in the quarterfinals.
The 32-year-old two-time Olympic champion, one of the biggest names in the sport, was aiming for a third consecutive gold medal to tie a record held by Japanese great Tadahiro Nomura.
But Riner, sporting a beard and a shaved head, lost to Bashaev of ROC after suffering a sumi-otoshi waza-ari throw in the Golden Score sudden death overtime.
Friday’s loss followed a surprise loss last year when 10-time world champion Riner lost for the first time in nearly a decade. Japan’s Kokoro Kageura ended Riner’s 154-game winning streak, dating back to 2010, during the Paris Grand Slam.
Riner will take part in a draft competition, facing Brazilian Rafael Silva in the afternoon session which starts at 0800 GMT, but the best he can hope for is a bronze medal.
Previously, he had easily qualified for the quarter-finals, knocking out Austria’s Stephan Hegyi with a dynamic ippon victory inside the thigh in a 32-game that lasted just over 2 minutes.
In the round of 16, Riner beat Israeli Or Sasson with a backhand for a waza-ari victory.
Elsewhere, Japanese judokas Akira Sone and Hisayoshi Harasawa both advanced to the women’s +78kg and men’s +100kg semi-finals respectively, raising hopes that the host nation will win a record gold medal in the sport. in Tokyo. .
Harasawa, 29, a silver medalist at the Rio Olympics, defeated Kim Min-jong of South Korea in the round of 16 with a skillful o-uchi-gari throw for a waza-ari victory.
He then defeated Ukrainian Yakiv Khammo with his specialty uchi-mata inside thigh throw for an Ippon Sudden Death Overtime victory.
Harasawa will face Czech Lukas Krpalek in the semi-final. ROC’s Bashaev and Georgian Guram Tushishvili will also make the semi-finals later on Friday.
In the women’s +78 kg category, Akira Sone, a debutant at the Olympics and world champion in the heaviest category in women, performed a tai-otoshi body drop against Israel’s Raz Hershko for an ippon victory in the 16 best.
The 21-year-old also beat Turkey’s Kayra Sayit by a combination of two waza-aris – one throw, the other a pin – to make it an ippon victory in the quarter-finals.
Sone will face Azerbaijani Iryna Kindzerska in the semi-final, and Idalys Ortíz of Cuba and Romanehas Dicko of France will meet in the semi-final.
Reportage de Tetsushi Kajimoto; Montage par Kenneth Maxwell et Shri Navaratnam
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