2014 Chelyabinsk World Championships Preview + 100kg Back

August 10, 2014

2014 Chelyabinsk World Championships Preview + 100kg

There is no top favorite like six-time World Champion Teddy Riner. And it doesn't look like there's anybody who can stop him from taking his seventh world title.

Interestingly, he's actually not the top seed. That honor goes to Brazil's Rafael Silva. The reason is that Riner doesn't compete much in the IJF World Circuit, just in the really major ones. That allows someone like Silva to collect more points and secure the top spot.

But Silva doesn't look like much of a threat to Riner. They've fought six times in the past four years, and Riner outclassed him each time. To be fair, Riner outclasses everybody.

The last time Riner lost was in 2010 at the Tokyo World Championships when he got defeated by Daiki Kamikawa via a decision. Interestingly enough the Japanese are sending Kamikawa, who is not ranked in the Top 10, to Chelyabinsk. Will he be able to pose some danger to Riner? Maybe... just maybe. Though unlikely.

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