FLASHBACK RIO: MEN

Every sport at the Olympic Games has its superstars; athletics has Usain Bolt, swimming Michael Phelps. Well, judo has its superstar, that is Teddy Riner, and just as Bolt and Phelps delivered in Rio so too did Riner by defeating HARASAWA Hisayoshi (JPN) in the final of the +100kg category on the final day of competition to claim his second Olympic title. This may not have been Riner’s most sparkling of wins, but the giant Frenchman marches on nonetheless and remains on course as the only judoka capable of threatening the great NOMURA Tadahiro’s (JPN) record of three Olympic gold medals. If Tokyo 2020 appears a long way off, keep in mind that Riner is still only 27 years old and shows little sign of thinking about anything other than judo. Or SASSON (ISR) won a well-deserved bronze medal confounding those detractors who had doubted his ability to “mix it” with the super-heavyweights.

If Riner was a certainty for gold then at the other end of that scale must surely have been Fabio BASILE (ITA). The 21-year old gave arguably the performance of the Games and finished with four ippons from five contests. The world number two DAVAADORJ Tumurkhuleg (MGL) and hot favourite world number one AN Baul (KOR) were among the scalps collected by Basile on his way to the gold medal in the -66kg category and there can be no argument that Basile beat the best and, in the process, leapt a massive 21 places up the IJF World ranking List.

The -100kg category proved a successful event for Europeans as former world champion Lukas KRPALEK (CZE) topped an exceptionally strong field to take the gold medal. Defeating along the way the current world champion HAGA Ryunosuke (JPN) and former world champion Maxim RAKOV (KAZ) were just two of the highlights in a commanding and convincing display by the Czech hero. Elmar GASIMOV was runner-up whilst a bronze too for Cyrile MARET (FRA) would make sure and join Teddy Riner as the only two Frenchmen to take medals in judo.

Amidst the media storm that swirled around the Russian team Beslan MUDRANOV (RUS) was the calm. As his competition day unfolded, Mudranov went about his task defeating a series of difficult opponents including the number one seed and many people’s favourite KIM Won Jin (KOR). Mudranov finished in style by defeating the reigning world champion Yeldos SMETOV (KAZ) in the final.

Khasan KHALMURZAEV (RUS) followed up his European championship gold medal winning performance in April by defeating Travis STEVENS (USA) in the final of the -81kg category. The American left London without a medal but can be well pleased with his silver in Rio. For his part the young Russian remains undefeated in 2016 and fully justified his selection ahead of Ivan NIFONTOV (RUS).

Another player to leave London without a medal was Varlam LIPARTELIANI (GEO) and, just as Stevens did in the -81kg category, Liparteliani stepped up to grab silver in his case in the -90kg category where the Georgian lost out in the final to world number one BAKER Mashu (JPN).

There was a strong showing by Europeans in the -73kg category where current world champion ONO Shohei (JPN) defeated number two seed Rustam ORUJOV (AZE). Lasha SHAVDATUASHVILI (GEO) and Dirk VAN TICHELT (BEL) made it three Europeans on the podium of four.

 


LONDON 2012    RIO 2016

Gold

           

Arsen GALSTYAN RUS

Lasha SHAVDATUASHVILI GEO

Mansur ISAEV RUS

Tagir KHAIBULAEV RUS

Teddy RINER FRA

Beslan MUDRANOV RUS

Fabio BASILE ITA

Khasan KHALMURZAEV RUS

Lukas KRPALEK CZE

Teddy RINER FRA

5

5

Silver

UNGVARI Miklos HUN

Ole BISCHOF GER

Alexander MIKHAILIN RUS

Rustam ORUJOV AZE

Varlam LIPARTELIANI GEO

Elmar GASIMOV AZE

3

3

Bronze

Ugo LEGRAND FRA

Ivan NIFONTOV RUS

Ilias ILIADIS GRE

Henk GROL NED

Dimitri PETERS GER

Andreas TOELZER GER

Lasha SHAVDATUASHVILI GEO

Dirk VAN TICHELT BEL

Cyrile MARET FRA

Or SASSON ISR

6

4

total 14 12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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