Two golds in two Olympic Games in two different weight classes for judoka Lukas Krpalek

Lukas Krpalek of Team Czech Republic celebrates his win over Guram Tushishvili of Team Georgia during the Men’s Judo +100kg Final on day seven of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Nippon Budokan on July 30, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Lukas Krpalek of Team Czech Republic celebrates his win over Guram Tushishvili of Team Georgia during the Men’s Judo +100kg Final on day seven of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Nippon Budokan on July 30, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Czech Republic's Lukas Krpalek wins gold in +100kg with Georgia’s Guram Tushishvili claiming silver and 10-time world champion Teddy Riner and world number one Tamerlan Bashaev, the bronze.

Czech Republic's judoka Lukas Krpalek completed an extraordinary feat in becoming Olympic champion for the second time but in different weight classes. Krpalek beat Georgia's Guram Tushishvili, himself a 2018 world champion, in the gold medal match in the +100kg weight class at the Nippon Budokan at Tokyo 2020. At Rio 2016, Krpalek became Olympic champion in -100kg.

Teddy Riner's quest for a record-tying third consecutive Olympic gold medal in judo ended in the quarterfinals where he lost to ROC athlete Tamerlan Bashaev, the world number one. However, the French heavyweight dusted himself off and came back to fight Japan’s HARASAWA Hisayoshi in the first bronze medal match, coming away with his fourth Olympic medal. The 10-time world champion won bronze to match his Beijing 2008 result, and add to his golds from Rio 2016 and London 2012.

In another upset, Riner’s conqueror in the quarterfinal, world number one Bashaev also didn’t make it to the gold-medal match, beaten by Georgia’s Guram Tushishvili. However, the ROC judoka matched Riner’s result coming away with a bronze medal, winning against world number 11, Ukraine’s Yakiv Khammo.