Olympics judo: Frenchman Teddy Riner wins heavyweight gold

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France's Riner wins judo gold

French favourite Teddy Riner beat Russia's Alexander Mikhaylin to land gold in the +100kg category.

The five-time world champion, who took bronze in Beijing in 2008, won by waza-ari after both picked up penalties.

European champion Mikhaylin, who beat Britain's Chris Sherrington in an earlier round, could not respond to Riner's strong offencs.

Bronze medals went to Andreas Toelzer of Germany and Brazil's Rafael Silva, second and third seeds respectively.

Born on the small Caribbean island of Guadeloupe during a family holiday, Riner, 23, was raised in Paris.

He burst onto the senior scene in 2006 when he became World and European junior champion and took the senior titles the following year.

Riner felt it was destiny after he secured his dream to deliver Olympic gold.

"I am also happy for my family, friends and all my supporters. I knew I would be able to take this medal," he said

The Frenchman also denied he relied too much on penalties from his opponents.

"I have trained my judo and I do not depend on the referees. I have trained for this and I earned this medal," he said.

"It is magnificent, magnificent. Next for me is Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games."

Final Results

Final results by Athlete
Rank Athlete Country Medal moment
1 Riner FRA
2 Mikhaylin RUS
3 Toelzer GER
3 Silva BRA