London 2012

Euan Burton suffered brutal disappointment at the 2012 Olympic Games, after losing his first contest in London.

Fascinating facts

  • Euan's favourite bands include Kings of Leon, Frightened Rabbit and Biffy Clyro.
  • His favourite book is The Count of Monte Cristo.
  • In his spare time Euan likes to cook.

The Scottish fighter, competing in the men's 81kg event, lost to Canada's Antoine Valois-Fortier.

Now, post-Olympics, although Burton will continue to compete, he is also taking on a new challenge. He will now be a high performance coach with the Scottish Institute of Sport and is relishing the opportunity.

Having such vast experience within the sport, he is the ideal man for the job.

When Burton was six years old his parents took him to a judo club near his grandparent's home.

He thinks that his parents took him to help him overcome his shyness, but he immediately loved the sport as it appealed to his competitive nature. By 16, he had gained his black belt.

The Scot has won three European Championship and two World Championship medals (all bronze) and has won gold at two of the four Grand Slams (Tokyo and Moscow).

Having claimed a first World Championship medal, hopes were high heading to Beijing, but he just missed out as he was beaten in the quarter-finals.

He states that his proudest moment was winning the Tokyo Grand Slam - the biggest, most prestigious event in judo - and he was the first GB winner.

He has previously been ranked No 1 in the world and has been in the world top five for the past 18 months, while he has been dominant domestically.

Euan Burton

  • DOB: 31/03/1979
  • Events: Judo (under 81kg)
  • Residence: Edinburgh, Scotland