Date and Place of Birth: 13 March 1992, Reading, UK
Height: 184 cm
Coached by: Juergen Klinger
Date arrived at Team Bath: June 2010
Clubs: Team Bath, Pinewood Judo Club
Team Bath’s Ben Fletcher attained his first Dan at the age of 17 before embarking on an incredible judo career.
Ben bases his training at the Sports Training Village where he is supported by Team Bath specialist staff including physiotherapists, strength and condition coaches and our sports massage team.
Ben, an ambassador for MJ Church, is the brother of another of Team Bath’s talented judoka, Megan Fletcher.
After a gruelling two-year qualification period that took him all around the world, Ben was able to secure a continental qualifying place at Rio where he made his Olympic debut.
A difficult draw saw Ben face former World Junior Champion Beka Gviniashvili from Georgia who proved too difficult an opponent.
After forcing Gviniashvili into an early penalty, Ben then found himself on the end of a Waza-ari throw and a subsequent Waza-ari pin which meant he exited the competition at the round of 32.
Despite the defeat, Ben’s main target remains the 2020 Games, and Rio provided the all-important first taste of Olympic competition for him.
For a full biography profile, visit www.britishjudo.org.uk/ben-fletcher [external]