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Sixth world title for unstoppable Riner


Sixth world title for unstoppable Riner


The final day of the individual competition at the World Judo Championships in Rio de Janeiro saw the unstoppable Teddy Riner be crowned world champion for a sixth time.

The powerful Frenchman is unbeaten since 2010 and reached the final by dispatching all his challengers with alarming ease.

The final was no different as the Olympic champion swept past world number one and home favourite Rafael Silva to win the +100kg title.

World number one and World Judo Masters winner Elkhan Mammadov of Azerbaijan arrived in Rio with the favourite tag and he didn’t disappoint.

The 31-year-old dismissed double Olympic bronze medallist Henk Grol of the Netherlands to win the -100kg world title.

Mammadov proved the liveliest during the final bout and deservedly won the gold to become his country’s first ever senior world champion.

The only women’s individual final on the penultimate day of action at the Maracanazinho Arena saw Idalys Ortiz add the world title to her Olympic gold
 as she dominated Brazil’s world number one Maria Suelen Altheman to win the +78kg final.

Ortiz ended the bout in style with an ippon to become Cuba’s second world champion at this year’s event after Asley González’s triumph in the men’s 90 kilo class.

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