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Antoine Valois-Fortier (born March 13, 1990) is a Canadian judoka who won the bronze medal in the −81 kg category at the 2012 Olympics, becoming the first Canadian to win a medal in Olympic judo in twelve years and the fifth to win one in Canadian history.[1]

Antoine Valois-Fortier
Antoine Valois-Fortier Rio2016.jpg
Valois-Fortier at the 2016 Olympics
Personal information
Nickname(s)Antonio, Tony[1]
Born (1990-03-13) March 13, 1990 (age 29)
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
ResidenceMontreal, Quebec, Canada
Height1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Weight81 kg (179 lb)[1]
Sport
CountryCanada
SportJudo
Event(s)–81 kg
ClubShidokan[1]
Coached byNicolas Gill
Marie-Helene Chisholm
Sergio Pessoa Sr.[2]

CareerEdit

Valois-Fortier entered the 2012 Olympics ranked 21st in the world in his weight class. He pulled off several upset victories, including a win over Olympic gold medalist Elnur Mammadli, to make the quarterfinals. He lost to Ivan Nifontov of Russia, but made the repechage and defeated Emmanuel Lucenti of Argentina to enter the bronze medal match against Travis Stevens, which he then won.[3] Valois-Fortier's win is Canada's first Olympic medal in Judo since 2000, which was a silver won by his coach Nicolas Gill, and only the fifth won by a Canadian in Olympic history.

At the 2016 Olympics he won his first two bouts, but then lost the third bout to the eventual gold medalist Khasan Khalmurzaev and the repechage match to a bronze medalist Takanori Nagase.

HonoursEdit

In 2012 Valois-Fortier was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.[4]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Antoine Valois-Fortier". Canadian Olympic Committee website. Retrieved August 30, 2012.
  2. ^ "Antoine Valois-Fortier". London 2012. Archived from the original on April 30, 2013.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  3. ^ Brydon, James (July 31, 2012). "Valois-Fortier Wins Bronze in Men's Judo". CTV Olympics. Retrieved July 31, 2012.
  4. ^ "London 2012 Olympians, Paralympians and builders honoured with Diamond Jubilee Medal in Montreal". Official Canadian Olympic Team Website | Team Canada | 2016 Olympic Games. March 1, 2013. Archived from the original on March 13, 2016. Retrieved June 1, 2017.

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