Montreal, February 11, 2018 – Olympian Antoine Valois-Fortier (-81 kg) ranked in 5th position at the Paris Grand Slam, in France. The judoka from Quebec had a heartbreaking loss during his fight for third place against Nugzari Tatalashvili, from Georgia.
“During the final for bronze, I was able to score twice, but they took the point back each time. My energy was down at the end, and he was able to score during overtime. This fifth place leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. I really thought I could go in the final today,” commented the athlete.
“I thought I had scored twice, and they ended up not giving me the points. Maybe I got distracted. I was looking at the referees, and I was a little confused, so during the next sequence I wasn’t focused enough and he scored.”
After winning against Turkish Vedat Albayrak by getting him three penalties, and against Belgian Matthias Casse by ippon in his first 2 preliminary bouts, he also won the quarterfinal by waza-ari against Dutch Frank De Wit in a fight that lasted over 6 minutes. Valois-Fortier, from Beauport, then lost the semi-final against Japanese Fujiwara.
Zachary Burt (-90 kg) had 1 victory and 1 loss. He first won by waza-ari against Eduardo Bettoni, from Brazil, before losing by ippon against Spanish Nikoloz Sherazadishvili. Burt finished in 9th place.
Étienne Briand (-81 kg) was eliminated after the first round, where Portuguese Anri Egutidze won by ippon. Louis Krieber-Gagnon (-90 kg) also lost in the first round, in which French Ibrahim Keita won by waza-ari.
In the -70 kg category, Alix Renaud-Roy and Emily Burt lost early in the day and didn’t get a ranking.
|1||Sotaro Fujiwara (JPN)|
|2||Seungsu Lee (KOR)|
|3||Frank De Wit (NED)|
|3||Nugzari Tatalashvili (GEO)|
|5||Jaromir Musil (CZE)|
|5||Antoine Valois-Fortier (CAN)|
|7||Ivaylo Ivanov (BUL)|
|7||Victor Penalber (BRA)|
Arencibia wins bronze in Italy
Alexandre Arencibia (-81 kg) won his bout against Italian Daniele Accogli by ippon for the bronze medal at the Cadet European Cup in Follonica, Italy.
He won his 3 fights during the preliminary rounds, notably one against Romanian Alex Cret that lasted over 8 minutes and a half, in which the Quebecois judoka won by waza-ari. In the semi-final, Arencibia lost against Italian Alessio Graziani.
Samia Boussarhane (-63 kg) lost in repechage against Slovak Stasa Kolar. She had won her first fight, and lost the second.
In the -73 kg category, Jérémie Lapointe won his first round by waza-ari against Italian Raffaele Verdirame, but soon lost against Botond Toth, from Hungary, who won by ippon. Jules Martin and Justin Lemire lost their first fights of the day and didn’t get a ranking.
Rachel Krapman (-57 kg) and Coralie Godbout (-70 kg) were also eliminated in the first round, and didn’t get a ranking.
|1||Alessio Graziani (ITA)|
|2||Andrej Yankovskyy (SLO)|
|3||Alexandre Arencibia (CAN)|
|3||Agustin Gil (ARG)|
|5||Daniele Accoglo (ITA)|
|5||Mamikon Avetisyan (ARM)|
|7||Ivan Boros (HON)|
|7||Ivan Copic (CRO)|
Good day for Canadians in France
At the Bresse Open, in Saint-Denis-lès-Bourg, France, Canadian athletes won a total of 8 medals.
Julien Frascadore (-66 kg), Shianne Gronen (-70 kg), Gabriel Juteau (-73 kg) and Mohab ElNahas (-90 kg) each dominated their categories and all won a gold medals.
In the -90 kg, Benjamin Kendrick lost the final bout and won the silver medal.
Virginia Nemeth (-48 kg), Bradley Langlois (-81 kg) and Alex Marineau (-90 kg) won bronze medals.
Written by Sportcom for Judo Canada
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