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Richard Browne

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T64, F64

Further personal information

Family
Two daughters and one son
Residence
Jackson, MS, USA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up athletics in 2010 at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, United States of America.
Why this sport?
Bret Lee, the man who made his prosthesis, encouraged him to take up the sport.

International debut

Year
2012
Competing for
United States
Tournament
Paralympic Games
Location
London, ENG

General interest

Hero / Idol
US Paralympic sprinter Marlon Shirley, US baseball and American football player Deion Sanders, US boxer Muhammad Ali. (paralympic.org, 18 Oct 2015)
Injuries
He had a hamstring injury in 2017. (britishathletics.org.uk, 17 Jan 2019)

He had a hamstring injury in June 2016. (paralympic.org, 08 May 2017)

In January 2016 he suffered broken ribs and a heavy concussion when his car was hit by a truck in Florida, United States of America. He was in hospital for two days and was advised to rest for three weeks. (olympics.nbcsports.com, 07 Jan 2016)

He had knee and hamstring injuries in the early part of 2013. (teamusa.org, 12 Jun 2013)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
At the 2012 Paralympic Games in London he wore a sock with nine skulls on it to represent his nine siblings. The sock also had a pink stripe at the top in honour of his grandmother's fight with cancer. (teamusa.org, 17 Dec 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Plans change but as long as you have a purpose in life, everything will be okay." (wsj.com, 12 Jun 2013)
Awards and honours
He was named the Male Athlete of the Month of October 2015 by the United States Olympic Committee [USOC]. (teamusa.org, 03 Nov 2015)

He was named the 2014 Male Para-Athlete of the Year of by USA Track & Field [USATF]. (insidethegames.biz, 21 Dec 2014)

He was part of the US 4x100m relay squad that was named as the 2013 Paralympic Team of the Year by USOC. Other members of the squad that competed at the 2013 World Championships in Lyon, France, were Blake Leeper, Jerome Singleton and Jarryd Wallace. (insidethegames.biz, 24 Oct 2013)
Famous relatives
His sister Cheyenne has competed in athletics [track] for the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS, United States of America. (interviewmagazine.com, 16 Dec 2015)
Impairment
In 2007 an accident sent him through a plate glass window, which resulted in an arterial bleed that caused his right leg to be permanently damaged. In 2010, after 14 surgical operations, his leg was amputated. "I was 16 years old in the prime of my life. I go through a window one day and from that point on my life is changed forever." (wsj.com, 12 Jun 2013; teamusa.org, 17 Dec 2012)
Other information
COMEBACK FROM RETIREMENT
He briefly retired from the sport after withdrawing from the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro because he felt his physical condition was not good enough to compete in this event due to a hamstring injury. He made a comeback in 2017. "I had very young children, and I was able to stay home from the time I got hurt and be a full-time dad. That was the best seven or eight months, and that really changed me. I didn't go near a track, I didn't think about the track, after watching the Games I didn't think about track and field at all. I was with my kids every day and that's all I did. And it was amazing. I had some people in the sport call me telling me 'we need you around Richard', and that was helpful too. My family encouraged me to continue for my goals and my dreams, because that makes me a better person and a happier person. Especially when I saw the results from Rio. I felt kind of disappointed in myself. Even in the condition I was in, I felt I could have won those races after seeing the results. But everybody's smarter in hindsight." (britishathletics.org.uk, 17 Jan 2019; paralympic.org, 08 May 2017)

FAMILY LOSS
He almost missed the 2012 Paralympic Games in London due to a number of tragedies that affected his family. As well as his grandmother battling cancer, his uncle Gary was fatally stabbed the day before he was due to leave for the event. His family persuaded him to compete at the Games. On his return he visited his grandmother, who passed away the next day. (teamusa.org, 17 Dec 2012)

Results

Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 4x100 m T42-46 Final Round 2012-09-05 9999
Men's 100 m T44 Heat 3 2012-09-05 2
Men's 100 m T44 Final Round 2012-09-06 2
Men's High Jump F46 Final Round 2012-09-08 9
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T44 Semifinal 2 2013-07-22 1
Men's 100 m T44 Final 1 2013-07-23 2
Men's 4x100 m T42-47 Final 1 2013-07-27 1
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T44 Heat 1 2015-10-24 1
Men's 200 m T44 Final 1 2015-10-25 1
Men's 100 m T44 Final 1 2015-10-29 1
Men's 100 m T44 Heat 2 2015-10-29 1
Men's 4x100 m T42-47 Final 1 2015-10-31 2