Teddy Riner failed to become Olympic champion for the third time in a row.

The long-time unbeatable Frenchman lost to Russian Tamerlan Bashaev in the quarterfinals on Friday.

Riner achieved no fewer than 154 consecutive victories in the over 100 kilogram category between 2010 and 2020.

This year, with three defeats, there were already cracks in the unprecedented dominance of the 32-year-old judoka.

Nevertheless, the 2.04 meter tall Riner was the absolute favorite in Tokyo for Olympic gold.

In the first round he beat Austrian Stephan Hegyi on ippon and in the eighth final he beat Or Sasson from Israel with waza-ari.

Things went wrong for the ten-time world champion in the quarterfinals.

Bashaev won on waza-ari.

Teddy Riner during his duel with Tamerlan Bashaev.

Teddy Riner during his duel with Tamerlan Bashaev.

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Japanese Nomura remains the only one with three Olympic titles

Riner could have become the second judoka with three Olympic titles.

Only Japan's Tadahiro Nomura ever achieved that with three gold medals in the under 60 kilogram class between 1996 and 2004.

Riner still has a chance of bronze in the repechage, which duels start from 10:00.

On behalf of the Netherlands, Henk Grol was eliminated in the first round in the category of Riner.

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