Former judo champion Craig Fallon dies

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Craig Fallon passed away on Monday. The former judo champion died at the age of 36, according to Yahoo Sports UK.

His body was found by the authorities on The Wrekin, according to CNN, at approx. 5:30 am on July 15th. This location is a walking spot in England.

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At this time, no cause of death has been released.

“Knowing Craig from the age of 15, I can look back on our time working together with fond memories and fun times,” Former coach Fitzroy Davis via Yahoo Sports UK. “At the pinnacle of his career, winning the World Championships in Cairo in 2005, he was one of the true greats of British judo. His dedication to the sport he loved will stay with me forever and I will cherish the time we spent together. Craig will be a huge loss to the sport, but I hope his achievements and his incredible story will inspire future generations to come.”

He won the Gold at the 2015 World Championships in Cairo at -60 kg. He also took home the silver at the 2003 Osaka World Championships in the same -60 kg category.

When he won in 2005, he became just the third Brit to win the title. Graeme Randall was the last to do it in 1999.

Neil Adams was the first to do it in 1981.

One year later, he also won the European champion when he defeated Armen Nazaryan. When he won that, he became just the second Brit to win the World and European championship, as Adams was the first to do it.

Fallon was inducted into the Wolverhampton Sporting Hall of Fame in 2012. He was the Federal Judo Association coach in Voralberg, Austria in 2017 before being named the Welsh Judo Association Head of Coaching in 2019.

“This is a truly tragic loss for our sport,” said Marius Vizer, president of the International Judo Federation. “On behalf of the IJF, I send my condolences to Craig’s family and friends and offer our support at this terrible and testing time.”

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