Montréal, August 29tt, 2013 — Antoine Valois-Fortier bowed out in the 3rd round, Thursday, at the Judo World Championships being presented in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Competing in the under 81 kg class, the Quebecer began his competition in the second round thanks to a bye.
In his first bout, the 6th ranked judoka in the international standings won with a waza-ari against the 13th ranked Moroccan Safouane Attaf.
“He’s been the African champion 5 or 6 times now. He’s an experienced judoka who’s competed in the Olympics twice. It was a really nice victory for me then,” Valois-Fortier pointed out. “I scored a point half-way through the fight, and I was able to hold on right till the end.”
Unfortunately, the bronze medalist at the London Games was eliminated in the following round, taken out by the Frenchman Alain Schmitt (11th), who won with a yuko.
“Schmitt finished 9th in London. He’s a very good judoka who’s medaled in quite a few competitions,” the Quebecer mentioned. “The bout was really close. I got off to a good start, taking a lead of three penalties to one, but he managed to come back and score a yuko.”
Valois-Fortier then had 1m 40s to turn the match around. “You’re disqualified once you get penalized for a 4th time, so I tried to my best to induce him into a foul. Unfortunately, he was able to survive for the rest of the contest.”
“I’m a little bit disappointed. I’ve had a very good year, and I came here with every intention of walking away with a medal. Like last year, I had a tough draw. It’s not the end of the world, but it would have been nice to finish the year off on a high note.”
Before continuing on with his studies in physical education at the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM), Valois-Fortier will take part in the Francophone Games in Nice at the beginning of the month of September.
In her first senior World Championships, Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard had a very short outing, losing in her opening round bout in the under 63 kg category.
The Quebecoise, ranked 56th overall, lost to the Spaniard Isabel Puche (60th), who won with a waza-ari.
Friday, Quebecers Amy Cotton and Catherine Roberge will be in action in the under 78 kg division, while Ontarian Kelita Zupancic will be competing in the under 70 kg category. On the men’s side, Quebecer Alexandre Émond will take to the tatami in the under 90 kg class.
Written by Sportcom for Judo Canada
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