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ANTOINE VALOIS-FORTIER WINS JUDO SILVER AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
TORONTO – Today, the Canadian Olympic Committee released the following statement of congratulations as London 2012 Olympic bronze-medallist Antoine Valois-Fortier powered his way to a silver-medal finish in the 81kg event during the 2014 World Judo Championships in Chelyabinsk, Russia.
“We are so proud to have Antoine representing Canada on the international stage. At just 24 years of age, he can now add this World Championship silver medal to his Olympic bronze in London two years ago. To be succeeding in the 81kg division, one of the most competitive divisions in the world is a tremendous accomplishment. The Canadian Olympic Family would like to congratulate Antoine on another impressive performance, and we wish him many more in the future.”
– Marcel Aubut, President, Canadian Olympic Committee
Canada has won a total of 7 medals at Judo World Championships, including Antoine’s silver. The last silver won by a Canadian was his coach, Nicolas Gill, in 1993 in Hamilton, who has 3 of the 7 medals (1 silver and 2 bronze). After defeating the 2013 World Champion to reach the final, Antoine fell to Géorgien Avtandili Tchrikishvili, the silver medallist last year.
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