PREVIEW OLYMPIC GAMES: +100KG & +78KG

Olympic Games 2016

There can be little doubt that win or lose Teddy RINER (FRA) will be the headline of the day. Should Riner win gold the reigning Olympic and eight-time world champion will join the select group of only six men to ever have won double Olympic titles. Had Riner succeeded in Beijing (where he won bronze) he would be seeking to tie the record for gold medal wins held by NOMURA Tadahiro (JPN). In a way, therefore, Rio may be regarded as a step toward that record given that Riner is still only 27 years old and remains seemingly invincible. But for the chasing pack in Rio their story is a little like Cinderella with them all playing walk-on parts of those for whom the slipper simply does not fit. It may be worth considering that three of the seeded players here have yet to face Riner in competition. These challengers are number two seed HARASAWA Hisayoshi (JPN), number three seed Iakiv KHAMMO (UKR) and number five seed Daniel NATEA (ROM), all of whom are on the opposite side of the draw to Riner, and may yet feel that they have some claim. Among the others, Or SASSON (ISR), Roy MEYER (NED), BOR Barna and Renat SAIDOV (RUS) have all tried and been found wanting. Should the unthinkable happen look to Khammo to bring the house down.


Whilst not quite as certain as Riner in the +100kg category, the likely destination for the gold medal in the +78kg category is either China, Japan or Cuba, these three being the only countries to have won the women’s super-heavyweight division. In the driving seat will be reigning Olympic champion Idalys ORTIZ (CUB) followed closely by current world champion YU Song (CHN). The Japanese meanwhile were spoilt for choice and have opted for YAMABE Kanae ahead of INAMORI Nami and TACHIMOTO Megumi. Outside of the “powerhouse trio” look for Kayra SAYIT (TUR), Emilie ANDEOL (FRA) and Svitlana IAROMKA (UKR) to contend for a medal.

Events


News

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