MARTINE DUGRENIER WINS AT 2008 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
October 11, 2008
In a stunning about face of fortunes after an extremely disappointing turn of events at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Vanier Alumna wrestler Martine Dugrenier finally claimed her due prize, snagging the World Championship at this year's competition held in Tokyo, Japan.
Martine had previously been a three-time silver medallist at the World's and to finally win the big prize must have been a thrill of a lifetime.
Congratulations go to Martine and also to her coach Victor Zilberman for this culmination to all of their hard work. Victor can be seen at left hugging Martine just after her amazing win.
|You can read a story from the Toronto Star below, followed by many more related media links.
PHOTOS FROM THE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Dugrenier strikes gold after shutout in Beijing,
By Randy Starkman, Toronto Star, October 16, 2008
The prospect of competing in a world championship right after an Olympics is a daunting one, but the disappointment of Beijing made it appealing to Canadian wrestler Martine Dugrenier.
She didn't waste the opportunity, either.
Dugrenier, of Montreal, won gold in the 67-kilogram class at the world championships which concluded in Tokyo on Monday. Dugrenier, a three-time world silver medallist entering Beijing, finished fifth at the Olympics after losing her final two matches in the dying seconds in the 63-kilogram class.
She had the option of skipping the worlds, but elected to go. Dugrenier felt she had something more to give.
"It was tough because people were so proud of my performance, but inside of me I knew I could do a little better," she said. "I think what happened was I got another experience at the Olympics and that experience helped me out at this world championships. I was ready. I analyzed and looked over some of the mistakes and felt confident going to the worlds."
More media coverage over Martine Dugrenier's first World Championship title:
March 28, 2008 competition VS Brazil:
U of M profile on Martine: