Ryan Birch

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Ryan Birch
Medal record
Men's judo
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 1994 Gdansk 78 kg
Bronze medal – third place 1996 The Hague 86 kg

Ryan Birch (5 April 1969[1] – 19 March 2013) was a British judoka, representing Great Britain in two Olympic Games and winning the European Championship in 1994. He was born in Kingston upon Hull. On retiring from sport, he went on to become a pilot. He married Rowena Sweatman (who also won the European judo gold medal in 1994) and had two children. He was killed in a road accident in The Bahamas.[2]


Year Tournament Place Weight class
1999 European Judo Championships 3rd Middleweight (86 kg)
2000 European Judo Championships 5th Half middleweight (78 kg)
2001 European Judo Championships 1st Half middleweight (78 kg)


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