-81kg fighter Eoin Coughlan will compete at his debut Olympic Games in Rio after a consistent two years has seen him rise up the Olympic rankings.
Coughlan won his first junior national title in 2010 and after finishing as the runner up in his senior national championships debut he stood on the top of the podium a year later in the open competition.
Having finished with bronze and then silver in 2013 and 2014, Coughlan needed to win the two Oceania Championships leading into Rio to secure his Olympic debut. The 24-year-old did just that with his victory 2016 over Fijian Josateki Naulu all but sealing his spot on the Australian Team.
Coughlan competed at his first World Championships in 2015. He was awarded a first round bye before going down to Portugal's Diogo Lima in a close clash that lasted the full five minutes.
Eoin comes from a talented family of judokas with sisters Aoife and Maeve narrowly missing out on qualification for Rio. 20-year-old Aoife has won Oceania Championships silver three times while at just 17 Maeve has achieved that feat twice.
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Traralgon, VIC, Australia
- Rio will be Olympic debut
- 1st - 2016 Oceania Championships (Canberra, Australia)
- 7th – African Open (Tunis, Tunisia)
- 5th – 2015 Oceania Open (Wollongong, Australia)
- 5th - Asian Open (Taipei, Taiwan)
- 3rd – 2015 Australian Championships (Wollongong, Australia)
- Winning gold at the 2015 and 2016 Oceania Championships to help me secure Olympic qualification.
- Finishing third at the 2014 Oceania Continental Open.
- Becoming the Australian champion in 2013.
- St Gabriels Primary School (VIC, Australia)
- St Pauls Anglican Grammar School (VIC, Australia)
Daniel Kelly, Maria Pekli (2011-current)
Resilience Training Centre (VIC, Australia)
Victorian Institute of Sport
Primary Training Base
Secondary Training Base
- Favourite food
- Favourite music
- I'll listen to most things, but 90's and early 2000's pop is my jam
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- Triskele on my right arm, to me it signifies birth, life and death as a continuum Frangipani on my ribs in memory of Kara, my sister in everything but blood
- First Olympic Memory?
- Watching the Sydney Olympics when I was 8
- Why this sport?
- My parents met through Judo and I was introduced to it at a very young age and had some natural talent (also non contact sports weren't really for me)