Canadian judoka Valois-Fortier, Margelidon earn Grand Slam silver, bronze

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Canadian judoka Valois-Fortier, Margelidon earn Grand Slam silver, bronze
Canadian judoka Valois-Fortier, Margelidon earn Grand Slam silver, bronze

Quebec City judoka Antoine Valois-Fortier earned his second Grand Slam medal of 2020 on Saturday with a silver-medal performance in Budapest, Hungary.

The Canadian was defeated by Vedat Albayrak of Turkey in the men's under-81-kilogram final, reaching the Grand Slam podium for a sixth time in his career.

Valois-Fortier, 30, won bronze earlier this year at the Paris Grand Slam in February.

A back injury sidelined the two-time Olympian and 2012 bronze medallist for nine months from May 2018 to February 2019.

Valois-Fortier won the third world medal of his career, bronze, in the under-81 kg bracket in Tokyo in August 2019.

Canadian teammate Arthur Margelidon of Montreal won bronze in the under-73 kg division against Russian Musa Mogushkov on Saturday for the 27-year-old's first third-place finish at a Grand Slam event.

Canada sits third at the event with three medals following Friday's gold by Jessica Klimkait of Whitby, Ont., in the women's under-57 kg category.

Competition continues Sunday with Toronto's Shady El Nahas in action.

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