Canada has its first true surprise medal at the London games as Antoine Valois-Fortier defeated American and world No. 10 Travis Stevens to get Canada its third medal of the games and second in a day.
Valois-Fortier, who is ranked 21st in the world, has disposed of higher ranked competitors throughout the tournament including a win over the 2008 73 kg gold medalist Elnur Mammadli of Azerbaijan in his first match.
Valois-Fortier is the first Canadian to win a Judo medal since Sydney 2000. The last Canadian to capture a medal, Nicolas Gill, is Valois-Fortier’s coach.
He’s the fifth Judo medalist for Canada and first Canadian to ever win a medal in the 81 kg weightclass.