Judo world pays tribute to former World champion Craig Fallon after sudden death

Fallon represented Great Britain at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008, he was also Wales Judo head of coaching. He died aged 36.

The judo community has been mourning the tragic death of former World and European champion Craig Fallon.

The 36-year-old retired from competitive judo in 2011 and was recently appointed as head of coaching at the Welsh Judo Association.

Fallon was found dead on 15 July in the Eastern England county of Shropshire, two days after he went missing.

Fallon was crowned -60kg world champion in 2005, becoming only the third British judoka to achieve the feat.

The Ipswich-born athlete went on to claim the 2006 European Championship and finished seventh at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

His achievements also include a Paris Grand Slam title in 2003 and silver medals at the 2003 World and European championships.

Craig Fallon at Beijing 2008
Craig Fallon at Beijing 2008Craig Fallon at Beijing 2008

“Craig will be a huge loss to the sport, but I hope his achievements and his incredible story will inspire future generations to come."

- Fallon's longtime coach and friend Fitzroy Davis talking with the IJF website

Fallon was often invited to internationals around the world and was beloved as a person and coach.

Tributes poured in from the international judo community and fellow judokas.

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