London Olympics judo: France`s Riner wins gold

Last Updated: Aug 04, 2012, 01:13 AM IST

London: French judoka Teddy Riner won an Olympics gold in the men`s 100+ kg category here Friday, beating Russia`s Alexander Mikhaylin in the final.

Riner, a bronze medalist in Beijing four years ago and a six-time World champion, won by waza-ari, depriving Russia of its fourth judo gold at the Games.

"I have trained for this and I earned this medal," Riner said, adding that he would now focus on retaining his Olympic title in Rio de Janeiro in four years` time.

"Next for me is Brazil at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games."

Mikhaylin is the reigining European champion and a three-time world champion.

Earlier, German judoka Andreas Toelzer and Brazil`s Rafael Silva won the bronze medals.
Toelzer beat Belarusian judoka Ihar Makarau by ippon, while Silva beat South Korea`s Sung-Min Kim by ippon in the golden score period.

IANS