Montréal, December 17, 2011 – It was a short outing for Canadian judokas Kelita Zupancic (-70 kg) and Antoine Valois-Fortier (-81 kg), Saturday, at the Qingdao Grand Prix, in China.
After receiving a bye through the first round, the 11th ranked Zupancic was upset in his very first bout by the Chinese Yuting Yao, 62nd in the world.
“Kelita took a blow to the face near the beginning of the fight which really broke his concentration. It wasn’t much long after that the Chinese was able to throw him down and score the winning ippon,” coach Sergio Pessoa Sr. explained.
As for Valois-Fortier, he also was granted a pass into the second round. Ranked 28th in the International Judo Federation, he was able to win his first bout versus the Chinese Wentao Zhang, before running into some serious competition in the form of 3rd ranked Russian, Sirazhudin Magomedov.
“Antoine got off to a good start by easily beating the Chinese judoka. His second bout against the eventual bronze medal winning Russian was much more difficult. Antoine is still missing a bit of firepower; his attacking maneuvers are a bit lacking at the moment,” Sergio Pessoa Sr. noted.
Marylise Lévesque and Catherine Roberge will be in action, Sunday, both fighting in the under 78 kg division.
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