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Teddy Riner, dominant judoka, to skip 2018, 2019 Worlds

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French judoka Teddy Riner, arguably the world’s most dominant athlete, will reportedly skip the next two world championships before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

French coach Franck Chambily said Riner will compete a light international schedule the next two years ahead of what would be his fourth Olympics, according to Agence France-Presse.

Riner, a 29-year-old, 6-foot-8-inch native of Guadeloupe, is undefeated since 2010 with a reported 144-match winning streak. That includes Olympic titles in 2012 and 2016 and world titles in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017.

Before the streak, Riner also earned world titles in 2007, 2009 and 2010, plus an Olympic bronze at age 19 in 2008.

He could compete through the 2024 Paris Games.

“When I am invincible, I will stop,” Riner said in 2013, according to The Associated Press.

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Andy Murray, Teddy Riner grapple atop Paris monument

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A battle of Olympic champions took place in a unique setting, atop the Grande Arche de la Defense in central Paris on Wednesday.

British tennis player Andy Murray took up judo for a sponsor event. He did so against the world’s most formidable judoka, Frenchman Teddy Riner.

They faced off nearly 400 feet above the streets below and then posed for photos in front of the Avenue Charles de Gaulle, with the Arc de Triomphe far off in the distance.

Murray is one of the Olympic tennis greats with singles gold medals from 2012 and 2016, plus a mixed doubles silver with Laura Robson in 2012.

Riner is more dominant. He, too, took gold in 2012 and 2016. The 6-foot-8, 290-pound native of Guadeloupe hasn’t lost anywhere since 2010, racking up some 100 straight match wins.

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Teddy Riner, world No. 1 heavyweight judoka, named France’s flag bearer

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The most dominant judoka in the world will be France’s flag bearer for the Rio Olympic Opening Ceremony next week.

Teddy Riner was awarded the honor Sunday, after the conclusion of the Tour de France in Paris.

“It’s a great honor, a great pride to have been elected by my peers,” Riner said. “Now, the Olympic dream begins. I want everyone to take pleasure, give their all and bring a lot of medals.”

Riner was reportedly given the distinction over basketball star Tony Parker and pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie, a world record holder and defending gold medalist. The 27-year-old Riner, judo’s defending heavyweight gold medalist, will lead 397 French athletes into the Rio Games.

Riner earned a bronze medal at the 2008 Games before capturing gold four years ago. He’s heavily favored to repeat as champion considering he has not lost a match since 2010. Riner is an eight-time world champion (the most ever), has won the last three world titles, and is the No. 1 men’s heavyweight in the world.

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