'The whole of France is in shock!' Judo legend Teddy Riner loses for first time in 10 YEARS and 154 BOUTS (VIDEO)
The 24-year-old Kokoro was tipped to give Riner problems when they first met in Brasilia last year, but Riner pulled out the victory after six minutes of Golden Score overtime.Also on rt.com ‘Sports changed my life & mindset’: Putin says parents were against him studying martial arts, but coach talked them around
The pair once again couldn't be separated within the allotted timeframe at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy in Paris on Sunday, however Kokora scored the game-winning points just 40 seconds into the additional time as he hit a uchi-mata-sukashi to send Riner to the mat.
Riner's last judo defeat came in September 2010 in the open-weight final of the Tokyo World Championships to another Japanese, Takahashi Kazuhiko.
History is made!! After 154 consecutive victories over the course of 10 years Kageura Kokoro is the man to end the reign of Teddy Riner! The whole of France looks on in shock#JudoParis#Judo#Sport#Olympics#Paris#Francepic.twitter.com/mqj3Jn9man— #JudoParis 🥋 (@Judo) February 9, 2020
Riner appeared somewhat rusty throughout the tournament in what was his first outing of 2020 after competing just twice last year, winning both the Montreal Grand Prix and taking the Brasilia Grand Slam in October.
He was taken to overtime in the second round against Austrian judoka Stephan Hegyi but advanced to the next stage after successfully defeating him by ippon, the highest score possible in the sport.
Riner appeared in control for long spells of his final match with Kokoro but couldn't quite assert his authority on his younger opponent. With the partisan Parisian crowd chanting Riner's name throughout, Kokoro successfully countered Riner's leg-throw with an arm-throw of his own, ending the match and Riner's spell of dominance over the sport.Also on rt.com Flipping finger!: Putin suffers Judo injury during training with Olympic champ in Sochi (VIDEO)