Judo star refocuses

PARIS - Heavyweight judoka Teddy Riner is starting from scratch to target a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics after failing to deliver in Beijing this year.

PARIS - Heavyweight judoka Teddy Riner is starting from scratch to target a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics after failing to deliver in Beijing this year.

The 19-year-old Frenchman burst into the limelight last year when he won the European and world championships and was the overwhelming favourite in Beijing.

But a quarterfinal defeat dashed his title hopes, though he recovered from the disappointment to claim the bronze medal after going through repechage.

Riner will write his final school exams this year. - Reuters

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