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Reigning Olympic judo champion Teddy Riner named France's flag bearer

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France's Olympic delegation in Rio will be led the most dominant man in judo.


27-year-old judoka Teddy Riner, a two-time Olympic medalist, has been named the country's flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony. He emerged from a pool of nine finalists, with voting done by athletes on France's Olympic team. Riner and basketball star Tony Parker were considered the leading contenders for the honor.


"It's a great honor, a great pride to have been elected by my peers," Riner, who was symbolically presented with the flag at the Tour de France over the weekend, said. "Now, the Olympic dream begins. I want everyone to take pleasure, give their all and bring a lot of medals."



Riner holds a record eight world titles and is the No. 1 ranked judoka in the men's heavyweight (100+kg/220.5+ lbs) division. He won bronze at the 2008 Olympics, followed by gold at the 2012 Games. Riner has not lost a match since September 2010 and is the heavy favorite to win gold in Rio.


He is also a chairman for the Athlete's Committee formed by the Paris 2024 Olympic bid.







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