Top facts about Teddy Riner, one of the best judokas ever

Wed 28 July 2021 | 9:00

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From 2007 through 2014, Teddy Riner, a dominant French judoka, won seven gold medals at the World Judo Championships, including his first Olympic gold medal in 2012 and in 2008, he was named RTL Champion of Champions.

Today we want to talk about the top facts about Teddy Riner and tell you some special facts about this star.

Top Facts about Teddy Riner you need to know

He is the first and only judoka (male or female) to win ten World Championship gold medals and two Olympic gold medals. He's also a five-time European Championships gold medalist. Before joining Paris Saint-Germain in August 2017, he was a member of the Levallois Sporting Club.

Teddy Riner, a judo instructor at INSEP, the French National Institute of Sport and Physical Education, glances through the doors of the judo facilities. He has won eight heavyweight world titles and two Olympic medals (gold in London in 2012 and bronze in Beijing in 2008). He is ranked first in his weight class (100 kg+). Teddy Bear, or Big Ted, was his nickname among his legions of supporters.

Teddy is one of the unstoppable Judo stars who refuses to relinquish his dominance. He just won the gold medal in the 2021 Judo World Masters, which was held in Doha, Qatar.

Teddy is also the only person to have won ten World Championship gold medals and two Olympic gold medals. He also has five gold medals from the European Championships. Teddy Riner is a household name. Actually, as a Judoka, he has nailed the sport.

In the history of athletics, no one has ever matched his aura of power. And, at over two meters tall and weighing around 300 pounds, he makes it more difficult to take him out in combat. It's like trying to move a mountain. Teddy has made a lot of money out of the sport by winning more than 100 consecutive bouts.

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We will discover everything you want to know about Teddy Riner's personal life and then in the next parts, we will review the

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Teddy Riner bio

  • Full Name:

    Teddy Pierre-Marie Riner

  • Nickname:

    Teddy Riner, Teddy Bear, Big Ted

  • Date of Birth:

    7 April 1989

  • Birth Place:

    Les Abymes, Guadeloupe, France

  • Marital Status:


  • His girlfriend:

    Luthna Plocus

  • Age:

    32 years old

  • Nationality:


  • Zodiac Sign:


  • Height:

    2.04 m

  • Weight:

    130 Kg

  • Clubs:

    Judo career, Paris Saint-Germain

With all of the background details in hand, we'll look at Teddy Riner's childhood as well as his family and career in the next segment of interesting and top facts about Teddy Riner.

Teddy Riner early life

Riner was born on April 7, 1989, in Les Abymes, near Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe, a French Caribbean Island. He grew up in Paris. His parents enrolled him in a local sports club, where he played football, tennis, and basketball, but he claims judo is his favorite "because it is an individual activity and it's just me, only me."

He stands 2.04 meters (6 feet 8 inches) tall and weighs 130 kilograms (286 pounds), earning him the moniker "Teddy Bear" or "Big Ted."

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Teddy Riner career

Riner is coached by Christian Chaumont and Benoît Campargue of the Levallois Sporting Club in Levallois-Perret, France. In 2006, he won the World and European junior titles. On the day after his eighteenth birthday, he won a gold medal in the European Judo Championships in Belgrade, Serbia.

He became the youngest ever senior world champion when he won the heavyweight (+100 kg) event at the 2007 World Judo Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, defeating Kosei Inoue of Japan in the semi-final.

Riner participated in the men's heavyweight event at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. He gained a bye into the competition's second round before defeating Tunisian Anis Chedli and Kazakhstan's Yeldos Ikhsangaliyev to reach the semi-finals. Riner was knocked out of the semi-finals by Uzbek judoka Abdullo Tangriev on the golden score, forcing him to compete in the repechage rounds. 

In the repechage, Riner overcame Andreas Tölzer and Joo Schlittler to get to the bronze medal final against Lasha Gujejiani of Georgia, winning by one ippon, one yuko, and one Koka to nil. In December 2008, he earned his second World Championship gold medal by defeating Alexander Mikhaylin of Russia in the final of the Open weight Championships in Levallois-Perret, France. In the 2010 World Judo Championships, Riner defeated Tölzer.

At the 2009 Global Championships in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Riner earned his third world title. He won his pool matches against Daniel McCormick, Vladimirs Osnachs, Ivan Iliev, and Martin Padar before going on to win the gold medal against Marius Pakeviius in the semi-finals and Oscar Bryson in the final.

He earned two gold and silver medals in the World Championships in Tokyo in 2010. Riner was defeated by Daiki Kamikawa of Japan in the open weight class final by a 2–1 judge's decision after winning the +100 competition. Riner refused to bow or shake Kamikawa's hand after the fight, stating that he had been "robbed."

Teddy Riner earned his second European gold medal in 2012, this time in Istanbul, Turkey, at the 2011 European Championships. He won Pool A of the +100 kg tournament by defeating Nodor Metreveli, Emil Tahirov, and Zohar Asaf, before going on to win the title by defeating Estonian Martin Padar in the semi-finals and Barna Bor of Hungary in the final.

Riner won gold in the men's +100 kg division at the 2011 World Judo Championships in Paris, defeating Germany's Tölzer in the final. Riner became the first male Judoka to win five world titles as a consequence of the win. As part of the French team that won the team event, he won his sixth World Championship gold medal.

Riner was chosen to compete in France's men's heavyweight event at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England. On the 3rd of August, the event took place at ExCel London. Riner won the gold medal in the final, defeating Russia's Alexander Mikhaylin.

He successfully defended his Olympic heavyweight title at the 2016 Olympics, defeating Hisayoshi Harasawa in the final. Riner only lost nine times in premier international competitions during his career. In 2006, he was defeated by Brayson and Tölzer, in 2007, by Bianchessi and Rybak, and in 2008, by Muneta and Grim Vuijsters.

He lost in the third round of the 2008 Summer Olympics to Abdullo Tangriev before winning bronze, then on September 13, 2010, he lost the open weight title to Daiki Kamikawa at the 2010 World Judo Championships in Tokyo, his last setback after a string of 154 victories.

He fell in the third round of the Paris Grand Slam to world number two Kokoro Kageura after over ten years. He won gold in his event at the 2021 Judo World Masters, which was held in Doha, Qatar.

Teddy Riner family and relationship

Riner's older brother introduced him to judo when he was five years old, and he was immediately fascinated owing to the sport's nature.

Riner has spent most of his time with his squad since competing at a high level. His 'natural' family, on the other hand, is very important to him.

Throughout his career, his father Moise, mother Marie-Pierre, and long-time partner Luthna Plocus have been consistent presence.

Teddy has an unbreakable bond with his lovely girlfriend Luthna Plocus, with whom he shares a baby child named Eden (born in 2014).

The details are sketchy, but sources suggest that he is engaged to Luthna Plocus, his long-time lover and mother. Teddy values his family beyond anything else.

Teddy Riner style of play

Teddy has been dominating opponents who aren't as talented in the art of Kumikata as he is. His strategies are straightforward, uncomplicated, and effective.

Teddy Riner will try to grasp his opponent's sleeve hand first, then hurl his massive right hand over his opponent's head to control his opponent's head. This occurs frequently, resulting in Ippon. The opponents tumble once he gets his grips.

In the Georgian competition between Teddy Riner and Adam Okruashvili, a classic example of inaction can be witnessed.

Riner will spend the first few minutes seeking his sleeve grip, after which he will fling his massive right hand across and unleash his attack.

Teddy Riner honors

Olympic Games



London +100 kg:




Rio de Janeiro +100 kg:




Beijing +100 kg:


World Championships

  • 2014 Chelyabinsk +100 kg:


  • 2015 Astana +100 kg:


  • 2017 Budapest +100 kg:


  • 2017 Marrakesh Open:


  • 2010 Tokyo Open:




Rio de Janeiro +100 kg:




Levallois-Perret  Open:




Rotterdam +100 kg: 




Tokyo +100 kg: 




Paris +100 kg: 




Rio de Janeiro +100 kg:


European Championships

  • 2007 Belgrade +100 kg:


  • 2011 Istanbul  +100 kg:


  • 2013 Budapest +100 kg:


  • 2014 Montpellier +100 kg:


  • 2016 Kazan +100 kg:


IJF World Masters

  • 2010 Suwon +100 kg

    : Gold

  • 2011 Baku +100 kg:


  • 2015 Rabat +100 kg:


  • 2021 Doha +100 kg

    : Gold

IJF Grand Slam

  • 2009 Paris +100 kg:


  • 2010 Paris +100 kg:


  • 2011 Paris +100 kg:


  • 2012 Paris +100 kg:


  • 2013 Paris +100 kg:


  • 2019 Brasilia +100 kg:


IJF Grand Prix

  • 2014 Jeju +100 kg:


  • 2015 Qingdao +100 kg:


  • 2015 Jeju +100 kg:


  • 2016 Samsun +100 kg:


  • 2017 Zagreb +100 kg:


  • 2019 Montreal +100 kg:


Mediterranean Games

  • 2009 Pescara +100 kg:


World Juniors Championships

  • 2006 Santo Domingo +100 kg

    : Gold

  • 2008 Bangkok +100 kg:


European Junior Championships

  • 2006 Tallinn +100 kg:


  • 2005 Zagreb +100 kg:


Teddy Riner issues

While some judokas at various levels have certainly had legal problems, Teddy Riner has never had a legal dispute in his lifetime.

Teddy Riner Net Worth

Teddy has made a lot of money out of the sport by winning more than 100 consecutive bouts.

Teddy Riner's net worth is estimated to be in the range of $1 million to $5 million dollars. He has amassed a sizable fortune from his principal profession as a martial artist.

Some Short Top Facts about Teddy Riner

  • Riner was born in 1989 in Guadeloupe, a French colony in the Caribbean when his parents were on vacation.

  • Raised in the French capital, it was apparent from a young age that he was a gifted athlete who excelled in a variety of sports.

  • Riner became the first male judoka to win five world titles at the 2011 World Judo Championships in his native city of Paris, and he has since won three more.

  • Riner's most recent defeat occurred in the final of the Tokyo World Championships in 2010.

  • In the seven years since, the Frenchman has won 128 consecutive bouts, winning gold medals at the Olympic Games in London and Rio.

  • "Teddy Bear" is unquestionably the man to beat heading into the 2017 World Judo Championships in Budapest.

  • "Everyone wants to beat Teddy Riner, and everyone wants my spot," then 32-year-old said to CNN. "I know I'll face a lot of fresh opponents at the next World Championships; I want a new championship; I want a new medal because in my head I'm younger." I worked for 20 years, but my body and spirit are in good shape."

  • He was disappointed by his inability to affect the outcome of team sports, especially in defeat. Riner decided to study judo instead, where he was totally accountable for the outcome.

  • "I tried a number of sports," he recalls, including judo, football, basketball, tennis, and swimming. "However, I enjoy judo because of the spirit of the sport; I enjoy fighting." You look for the ippon (winning throw) in this sport, which I enjoy because it is demanding and not an easy activity.

  • Riner didn't believe being a champion was conceivable until he was 16 years old, despite having given up all other sports to focus on judo.

  • Surprisingly, the Frenchman has only lost eight fights in his professional career, an accomplishment he credits to a loss in the final of a club tournament against his older brother, which he calls his "greatest lesson."

  • Riner had the good fortune to train at the Paris Saint-Germain judo club, which at the time also housed some of the best French judokas.

  • Every day, he learned by seeing Olympic champions David Douillet and Djamel Bouras, as well as world champion Frédéric Demontfaucon, in action.

  • Riner became the youngest ever judo world champion when he won gold in Rio de Janeiro in 2007, barely a year after winning the junior title.

  • He went on to win seven more world championships, two Olympic gold medals, and five European titles. No other judoka, past or present, has come close to matching his accomplishments.

  • Riner attributes his achievement to "listening every day, listening to everything everyone says me," in addition to daily practice.

  • He attributes much of his success to "the touch of God" and expresses gratitude for the "three most critical times" of his life.

  • He was not only the world champion on home soil, but he also became the first judoka in history to win five world titles.

  • Riner, a PSG supporter, considers Ronaldinho, a former Brazilian footballer, to be his lone sporting hero, contrasting their contagious smiles "every day."

  • He thinks judo is a lovely sport that makes him happy, and he admires the principles that it instills in all judokas.

  • The 10-time judo world champion, who made his Olympic debut in Beijing when he was 19, will compete in his fourth Games in Tokyo in 2020.

  • He won bronze in 2008 before going on to win gold in both London and Rio. He was also the flag bearer for France in Brazil.

  • At the Summer Olympics, only 11 Frenchmen (and two French women) managed to win three medals. Riner is keen to join this select group, which includes Tony Estanguet, a former slalom canoeist.

  • Rinner is the only French judoka to have won the championship three times, although Japan's Nomura Tadahiro won three consecutive Olympic gold medals in the -60kg division.

  • "The main goal is to win a gold medal in Tokyo, and the second is to make it to the final and possibly win a gold medal with this lovely French team. May the forces of judo be with me!" Riner stated.

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