According to the Canadian Olympic Committee in a press release, Olympic bronze medalist Antoine-Valois Fortier of Quebec City, Quebec won a silver medal on Thursday at the 2014 World Judo Championships in Chelyabinsk, Russia. Valois-Fortier advanced to the final of the half-middleweight division before losing to gold medalist Avtandil Tchrikishvili of Georgia.
This is Valois-Fortier's most significant achievement since winning a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Since winning an Olympic medal, Valois-Fortier has won two silver medals at the Pan American Judo Championships and a silver medal at the 2013 Francophone Games in Nice, France.
Valois-Fortier beat Shukhratjon Arslanov of Uzbekistan, Abdelaziz Ben Ammar of Tunisia, Hong-wi Pak of North Korea, Victor Penalber of Brazil and Loic Pietri of France on the way to advancing to the gold medal final. Pietri and Ivan Nifontov of Russia won the bronze medal.
Valois-Fortier, who competed in the men's 81kg division, becomes the first Canadian in 21 years to win a silver medal at the World Judo Championships. The last Canadian to achieve the feat was Valois-Fortier's current coach, Nicolas Gill. Overall, Canadians have won seven medals in the history of the World Judo Championships.
Gill, who won a bronze medal in men's 86kg judo at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona and a silver medal in men's 100kg judo at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, won three medals at the World Judo Championships. His greatest world championship achievement was winning a silver medal in the men's 86kg division at the 1993 World Judo Championships in Hamilton.