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Antoine Valois-Fortier has a few big challenges

7 Mar 2019 14:30

 Mark Pickering - IJF and JudoInside    Canada Judo

In July Canada will host the Grand Prix of Montreal. Antoine Valois-Fortier has a number of goals. Getting shape for Montreal and the biggest challenge is to qualify for the Olympic Games. The Olympic bronze medallist of 2012 in London returned to action in February at the Düsseldorf Grand Slam after a back injury kept him out since May 2018 but didn’t survive the first round.

Valois-Fortier, who finished seventh at Rio 2016, lost his first contest in Germany to world number 46 Stuart Mcwatt (GBR) by a waza-ari score from a seoi-nage.

“I had a back surgery to fix disk issues I had in my lower back. Herniated disk exactly. My preparation has been going well. I am very happy to be healthy and just need to find my competition rhythm.

“Marrakech is important for me because I am behind in Olympics qualification points and need a good result at this event to catch up.”

In his first round Antoine will face the strong talents Medickson Del Orbe Cortorreal (DOM). The winner of that contest will fight Jack Hatton of the USA.

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