Quebec City Judoka Antoine Valois-Fortier Gets London 2012 Bronze

Quebec City Judoka Antoine Valois-Fortier Gets London 2012 Bronze

Photo: www.judo-quebec.qc.ca

Earlier this week, Quebec City’s judoka Antoine Valois-Fortier, cemented his own moment in Olympic history by claiming third place, and a London 2012 bronze medal, by defeating American opponent, Travis Stevens, in the 81kg category.

The last Canadian to win an Olympic medal for judo was Nicolas Gill at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Before being defeated in the quarter finals, 22-year old, Valois-Fortier, had triumphed in his three other duels.

Firstly, he came good against the holder of the 2008 gold medal, Azerbaijan’s Elnur Mammadli, in the 73kg category.

After five minutes of intense combat and a three-minute extension, Valois-Fortier was declared champion by the judges.

In the third round, Valois-Fortier dominated the world’s second, Srdjan Mrvaljevic. The Quebecer won the duel by waza-ari, which is the second highest score a fighter can obtain.

Even though the young fighter received two warnings towards the end of the fight, he gave his all and made it to the quarter finals.

Antoine Valois-Fortier, you’ve made Quebec City, Quebec Province, and Canada proud.

Take a bow.
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LifeinQuebec.com staff writer

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