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Raymond Martin

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired range of motion
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T52, F53

Further personal information

Residence
United States
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Japanese
Higher education
Human Movement Studies - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: United States

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He first learned to race in his wheelchair in 1999 at age five at school in Jersey City, NJ, United States of America. He got his own specialised racing chair at age 10, and began training for international competition in 2010 at the Paralympic Club in Bayonne, NJ, United States of America.
Why this sport?
He first tried a racing chair at age five, and was immediately hooked. "I remember feeling really excited because I had this old clunky chair that weighed 30 pounds and I just wasn't very mobile. Then I got into a racing chair and it felt totally different. It felt like I could actually do something that all the other kids were doing. I remember being excited every day."

International debut

Year
2011
Competing for
United States

General interest

Nicknames
Ray (tswaa.com, 28 Sep 2011)
Hobbies
Going to concerts, playing video games. (teamusa.org, 15 Nov 2019; Twitter profile, 06 Dec 2020)
Most influential person in career
Coach Adam Bleakney. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
US long distance wheelchair racer Amanda McGrory. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Pace aggressively." (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
He was named 2011/12 Paralympic Sports Male Athlete of the Year by the United States Olympic Committee [USOC] as a result of his performance at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. He won the award again for the 2012/13 season. (USOC, 24 Oct 2013; paralympic.org, 18 Sep 2012)
Ambitions
To pursue a career as a physician's assistant. (teamusa.org, 15 Nov 2019; Twitter profile, 06 Dec 2020)
Impairment
He was born with a congenital condition called Freeman-Sheldon syndrome, a skeleto-muscular impairment that restricts the movement in his joints. The condition affects his legs, fingers, feet and wrists. (hudsonreporter.com, 27 Jan 2013; abs-cbnnews.com, 10 Jul 2012; nj.com, 04 Oct 2011)

Results

Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T52 Heat 1 2012-09-02 1
Men's 100 m T52 Final Round 2012-09-02 1
Men's 400 m T52 Heat 2 2012-09-03 1
Men's 400 m T52 Final Round 2012-09-03 1
Men's 800 m T52 Final Round 2012-09-07 1
Men's 200 m T52 Heat 1 2012-09-08 1
Men's 200 m T52 Final Round 2012-09-08 1
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T52 Final 1 2013-07-20 1
Men's 800 m T52 Final 1 2013-07-21 1
Men's 100 m T52 Final 1 2013-07-23 1
Men's 200 m T52 Semifinal 2 2013-07-24 1
Men's 200 m T52 Final 1 2013-07-25 1
Men's 400 m T52 Semifinal 1 2013-07-26 1
Men's 400 m T52 Final 1 2013-07-27 1
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T52 Final 1 2015-10-26 1
Men's 100 m T52 Heat 2 2015-10-27 1
Men's 100 m T52 Final 1 2015-10-27 1
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T52 Heat 2 2016-09-09 1
Men's 100 m T52 Final Round 2016-09-10 2
Men's 400 m T52 Heat 1 2016-09-12 1
Men's 400 m T52 Final Round 2016-09-13 1
Men's 1500 m T52 Final Round 2016-09-15 1
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T52 Final 1 2017-07-16 2
Men's 400 m T52 Heat 2 2017-07-18 1
Men's 400 m T52 Final 1 2017-07-18 2
Men's 100 m T52 Heat 1 2017-07-22 2
Men's 100 m T52 Final 1 2017-07-22 1