In 2005, Teddy created a stir in French judo by winning the French cadet (15-17 yrs) and junior champion titles in the same year. He was just 16 years of age. The following year, he was a gold medallist in the European championships (Tallinn, Estonia), then the world championships (St Dominique, Dominican Republic), among the juniors. In 2007, at the age of 18, he became the youngest senior world champion in history, in Rio, where he stood out against the heavyweights. Then in 2008, he won the world junior championships, again among the heavyweights, and in the seniors in all weight categories. He then scored two more world crowns among the seniors in 2009 (Rotterdam) and in 2010 (Tokyo) in the heavyweight competition. The title he obtained in September 2011, during the World Championships in Paris, saw him go down in legend and he became the first judoka to have won 5 world titles. During his first participation in the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008 he scored bronze.
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