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Frenchman Riner becomes open category judo world champion

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Latest update : 2009-11-16

Teddy Riner of France won the open category judo world title, recently 'spiced up' in a new format, beating Russian Alexander Mikhaylin. China's Tong Wen became the women's open category world champion.

AFP - France's +100kg world champion Teddy Riner, who only managed a bronze at the Olympics, rediscovered his gold medal-winning touch to win the open category world championship title here on Sunday.
  
The 19-year-old Guadeloupean dominated this competition and said this new format for the open category at world level, kept apart from the other categories, resulted in a "spicing-up" of the action.
  
"The best nations have two or three representatives here. There's the best and nothing but the best," said Riner, who was never really in trouble in his five bouts in two days.
  
In the final, Riner beat experienced Russian Alexander Mikhaylin, world heavyweight champion in both 2001 and 2005, to collect the 25,000-dollars winner's cheque.
  
In the women's competition, China's Tong Wen lived up to her mantle as the big favourite, adding this title to her Olympic crown from Beijing after beating Russia's Elena Ivashchenko in the final.

Date created : 2008-12-21

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