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Allen Coage

Full name: Allen James Coage
Nickname(s): Bad News Brown
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2 (188 cm)
Weight: 251 lbs (114 kg)
Born: October 22, 1943 in New York, New York, United States
Died: March 6, 2007 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Affiliations: Cranford Judo & Karate Center, Cranford (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Judo

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)


Allen Coage started his judo career very late – when he was 22. But only two years later he won the AAU heavyweight championship. He repeated as AAU heavyweight champion in 1968, 1969, 1970 and 1975; and in 1970 he won the open division at that tournament. In addition to national titles, Coage won gold medals at both the 1967 and 1975 Pan American Games. With his bronze medal at Montreal, Coage, a fifth dan black belt, became the first American black to win an individual medal in a sport other than track & field or boxing. Coage spent some time as a professional bodyguard for singer Aretha Franklin, and later wrestled professionally as "Bad News Brown".


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1976 Summer 32 Montréal Judo Men's Heavyweight United States USA 3T Bronze

Men's Heavyweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
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