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Craig Fallon
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Fallon in 2008
Personal information
Birth name Craig Patrick Fallon
Nationality British
Born (1982-12-18)18 December 1982
Ipswich, Suffolk, England
Died 15 July 2019(2019-07-15) (aged 36)
Wellington, Shropshire, England
Occupation Judoka
Sport Judo
Weight class –60 kg
Achievements and titles
World finals Gold (2005)
Regional finals Gold (2006)
Olympic finals 7th (2008)
Medal record
Men's Judo
Representing  Great Britain
World Championships
Gold 2005 Cairo –60 kg
Silver 2003 Osaka –60 kg
European Championships
Gold 2006 Tampere –60 kg
Silver 2003 Düsseldorf –60 kg
European U23 Championships
Gold 2004 Ljubljana –60 kg
European Junior Championships
Silver 2001 Budapest –60 kg
Representing  England
Commonwealth Games
Gold 2002 Manchester –60kg
Updated on 12 February 2022.

Craig Patrick Fallon (18 December 1982 – 15 July 2019) was a British World Champion judoka.


His first main coach was Bill Kelly. Fallon later competed with his coach Fitzroy Davis. In 2002, he won the gold medal in the under 60kg category at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester.

In September 2005, Fallon won the -60 kg weight class at the World Judo Championships in Cairo, beating Ludwig Paischer in the final. He became only the third British male to win a world title, following Neil Adams in 1981 and Graeme Randall in 1999. The following year in 2006, he went on to become European champion in Tampere, Finland in the -60 kg weight category beating Armen Nazaryan in the final. He is only the second male British judoka besides Neil Adams to simultaneously hold both a World and European title.

On 22 September 2007, Fallon went on to win The 2007 Men's World Cup in the -60 kg at the NIA Arena in Birmingham, he was the only Brit to win a medal at the Olympic ranking event. In 2011 Fallon won his third title at the British Judo Championships, having previously won in 2002 and 2008.

In 2012, the former Wolverhampton Judo Club ace was inducted into the Wolverhampton Sporting Hall of Fame.

In 2017, Fallon signed a contract as head coach of the Federal Judo Association of Vorarlberg, Austria. In 2019, Fallon made the move to Welsh Judo Association to become Head of Coaching.


Fallon died on 15 July 2019. His body was found at the Wrekin, a beauty spot near Wellington in Shropshire. No cause of death was given. .....

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