Heavyweight judoka, who was defeated twice final 12 months after 10 years unbeaten, has modified his vitamin and coaching in an try and regain greatest type for the Video games in 2021.
It might be a shock to anybody, after ten years undefeated, to be crushed of their sport. However to be crushed twice in these circumstances, in the identical 12 months?
The brand new and refreshed Riner is right here and able to struggle for his Tokyo 2020 ambitions, after a 20-month break from the game was adopted by these two shock losses.
“It is necessary to set the file straight and to ship a powerful message,” the 31-year-old told L’Équipe. “Make them [his opponents] perceive that the Olympics will likely be mine.”
Riner’s decade-long profitable streak, which spanned 154 bouts, was resulted in February 2020 on house soil on the Paris Grand Slam by Kageura Kokoro of Japan.
That, coupled with the primary coronavirus lockdown in France, led to renewed motivation, as depicted within the documentary Teddy released last July.
“I’m happy with what I did, however after 10 years, it weighs actually heavy in your shoulders,” he mentioned. He started dropping pounds, dropping to 143 kg after the primary confinement.
However one other impolite awakening was to comply with. On the French nationwide group championships in October, Joseph Terhec claimed a shock victory over Riner, who’s a 10-time world champion.
“I do not suppose anybody likes to lose, particularly not me,” Riner mentioned to RMC Sport.
Nevertheless, he took the defeats in his stride.
“In any case, it allowed me to grasp why these items occurred, and why at the moment. Greater than something, what is sweet is that it occurred earlier than the (Tokyo 2020) Video games. I desire all the things to occur to me earlier than than on the Olympics.
“From there, you all the time need to take inventory, perceive the why and the way and begin once more.”
Large modifications for Riner
There have been quite a lot of necessary modifications since then. His bodily power coach Yann Morisseau not conducts classes with Riner, and his long-time sparring partner Nico Kanning not holds that place (and nobody, as of but, has been named to exchange him).
The 2 losses have been a wake-up name, Riner mentioned.