London 2012

Craig Fallon

Craig Fallon is a former world champion who will hope to finally follow through on his bags of promise in front of a home crowd in London.

Fascinating Facts:

  • Started judo at aged 8.
  • Earned his black belt when he was 15.
  • One of only two British men to be world and European champion at the same time.

The Birmingham-based judoka conquered the world in 2005, but failed to turn that into an Olympic medal in 2008.

Fallon became the third British man to win a world judo title with his victory over Ludwig Paischer in Cairo in 2005, and that seemingly set him on the road to stardom.

A European title in Finland the following year saw him emulate Neil Adams in holding a world and European title at the same time.

In a good sign for London, Fallon also performed well in front of his home fans as he picked up gold in the -60kg at the World Cup at the NIA in Birmingham, which was an Olympic ranking event for Beijing.

Paischer would later get his revenge at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing though, when the Austrian handed out a surprise defeat to Fallon, and also opened up a cut above his left eye.

The usual injury for Fallon required attention and hampered his pursuit of a consolation bronze, after heading to Beijing in search of gold, but he fell short of earning any medal in the end.

Fallon did pick up a gold at the 2011 Senior European Cup meeting in Hamburg to show he can still match the best on his day.

Craig Fallon

  • DOB: 18/12/1982
  • Event: -60kg Judo
  • Titles: World/European champion