The French judoka, who has not competed in any individual competition since his victory at the world championships in Doha last year, is slowly but surely preparing for what could be his last Olympics.
Teddy Riner has played two competitions in the meantime, with his club, Paris Saint-Germain, but decided to adapt the competitions he played according to his feelings in training to be “completely ready” for the Games Paris Olympics. The judo events will take place from July 27 to August 3 at the Arena Champ-de-Mars, in the 7th arrondissement of Paris.
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He will return to competition on February 4 and will try to win an 8th Paris Grand Slam, one year after his seventh coronation in the capital. Mathéo Akiana Mongo thus gives up his place to the 34-year-old Frenchman in this category (100kg).
Amandine Buchard, Olympic vice-champion of -52 kg in 2021, on the contrary announced her withdrawal from the Paris Grand Slam this Wednesday. The European champion gives way to Alyssia Poulange, affirming on her X account the need to prioritize her preparation for the Paris Olympic Games and to reach her peak form this summer. At the same time, Julia Tolofua, 3rd at the 2023 Worlds in 78 kg, is also forced to withdraw due to insufficient recovery from her right shoulder operation carried out at the end of last year. Coralie Hayme replaces her in the 78 kg category.