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Richard Nicholson

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T54

Further personal information

Residence
Canberra, ACT, AUS
Languages
English
Higher education
Sports Administration - University of Canberra: Australia

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up para-athletics in 2002.
Why this sport?
Australian wheelchair racer Louise Sauvage encouraged him to take up the sport, and he felt he had the right physical shape to compete.

General interest

Hero / Idol
Australian cricketer Steve Waugh. (paralympic.org.au, 19 Sep 2011)
Injuries
He was involved in a crash while training in Switzerland prior to the 2012 Paralympic Games London. The accident resulted in him requiring plastic surgery and several stitches in his face, which limited his preparation for the Games. (theinclusionclub.com, 01 Mar 2013)
Other sports
He has competed internationally in powerlifting, winning a silver medal at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney. (paralympic.org.au, 06 Jan 2010)
Impairment
At age four he lost the use of his legs through illness. (idpwd.com.au, 04 Aug 2011)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2016 he was named as an athlete in residence for the University of Canberra in Australia. He also serves as an ambassador for the International Day of Disability, and is a member of the Athletics ACT Board and the ACT Inclusion Council. (canberratimes.com.au, 10 Feb 2016; athleticsact.org.au, 05 Oct 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T54 Heat 1 4
Men's 4x100 m T53-54 Heat 1 1
Men's 100 m T54 Heat 2 7
Men's 4x100 m T53-54 Final Round 2
Men's 4x400 m T53-54 Heat 2 2
Men's Pentathlon P54-58 Final Round 10
Men's 400 m T54 Heat 3 7
IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 (Assen, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Marathon T54 Final Round 9999
Men's 4x400 m T53-54 Heat 1 9999
Men's 4x100 m T53-54 Heat 2 2
Men's 400 m T54 Heat 4 8
Men's 100 m T54 Heat 3 5
Men's 200 m T54 Heat 1 5
Men's 200 m T54 Heat 2 7
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T54 Heat 2 3
Men's 200 m T54 Heat 2 6
Men's 400 m T54 Heat 4 5
Men's 4x100 m T53/54 Heat 2 1
Men's 4x100 m T53/54 Final Round 9999
Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games (Atlanta, United States of America)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -56 kg Final Round 8
Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games (Sydney, Australia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -60 kg Final Round 2
IPC Powerlifting World Championships Kuala Lumpur 2002 (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -60 kg Final Round 4
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T54 Heat 1 2011-01-22 6
Men's 4x400 m T54 Heat 1 2011-01-24 9999
Men's 200 m T54 Heat 3 2011-01-24 4
Men's 400 m T54 Heat 1 2011-01-27 4
Men's Marathon T53/54 Final 2011-01-30 9999
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T54 Heat 2 2012-09-01 6
Men's 400 m T54 Heat 3 2012-09-05 5
Men's 4x400 m T53/54 Final Round 2012-09-08 3
Men's 4x400 m T53/54 Heat 1 2012-09-08 3
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T54 Semifinal 2 2013-07-21 11
Men's 200 m T54 Semifinal 3 2013-07-23 12
Men's 4x400 m T53/54 Semifinal 2 2013-07-27 1
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T54 Heat 1 2015-10-23 15
Men's 400 m T54 Heat 3 2015-10-27 20
Men's 800 m T54 Heat 4 2015-10-28 12
Men's 800 m T54 Semifinal 1 2015-10-29 15