The Courier-Mail



Kenya, marathon

He used to run 3km to school but now runs much further and faster as arguably the greatest marathon runner of the modern era and the current Olympic champion.

Gained global fame when n he broke the magical twominute mark (1:59:4) for a marathon in n

Austria in

2019 but it did not officially count due to o the help of pacemakers s and different rules regarding fluids.

He has won the London marathon four times and been incredibly consistent in this most brutal of events.

France, judo

Judo will have a special prominence at the Games given its popularity in Japan but it may be a French “teddy bear’’ who steals the limelight.

Once unbeaten for nearly a decade, Teddy “Bear’’ Riner is an athlete of rare size (130kg) and skill and the Frenchman will attempt to add to the heavyweigh­t gold medals he won at Rio (2016) and London (2012).

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