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Russell Short

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Classification
T12, F12

Further personal information

Family
Sons Jim and William
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began competing in 1982.
Why this sport?
He played a number of sports at high school, but as his sight worsened he could no longer compete in swimming, diving or basketball. He found he enjoyed throwing events, so he took up discus and shot put.
Club / Team
Glenhuntly Athletic Club: Melbourne, VIC, AUS

International debut

Year
1988
Competing for
Australia

General interest

Nicknames
Russ (vis.org.au, 11 Jan 2010)
Hobbies
Camping with this children. (paralympic.org.au, 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Setting a world record in the F12 discus at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney. (paralympic.org.au, 2016)
Injuries
He fell off an embankment and broke his elbow two months before competing at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. As a result of the injury he had to change his training programme, but still managed to compete at the Games. (theweeklyreview.com.au, 28 Jun 2012)
Awards and honours
He was Australia's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (paralympic.org.au, 11 Jan 2010)

In 1993 he received the Medal of the Order of Australia. (paralympic.org.au, 11 Jan 2010)

He has received an Advance Australia Award for his contributions to sport. (paralympic.org.au, 11 Jan 2010)
Impairment
He has macular degeneration, an eye condition that causes the gradual loss of central vision. (paralympic.org.au, 19 Sep 2016)
Other information
CHALLENGES
He has trekked the 96-kilometre Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea, and spent eight days paddling from Australia to New Guinea across the Torres Straight. (paralympic.org.au, 11 Jan 2010)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Seoul 1988 Paralympic Games (Seoul, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put B3 Final Round 3
Men's Discus Throw B3 Final Round 1
Men's Javelin B3 Final Round 1
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F11/12 Final Round 6
IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 (Assen, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F12 Final Round 5
Men's Shot Put F12 Final Round 2
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F12 Final Round 5
Men's Shot Put F13 Final Round 3
IPC Athletics World Championships Villeneuve d'Ascq 2002 (Villeneuve d'Ascq, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F12 Final Round 2
Men's Shot Put F13 Final Round 4
Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games (Sydney, Australia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F12 Final Round 1
Men's Shot Put F12 Final Round 1
Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games (Barcelona, Spain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put B3 Final Round 1
Men's Discus Throw B3 Final Round 1
Men's Javelin B3 Final Round 3
Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games (Atlanta, United States of America)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F12 Final Round 2
Men's Discus Throw F12 Final Round 2
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F12 Final 2011-01-22 2
Men's Discus Throw F12 Final 2011-01-28 4
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F11/12 Final Round 2012-09-03 3
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F12 Final 1 2013-07-20 4
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F12 Final 1 2015-10-22 7
Men's Discus Throw F12 Final 1 2015-10-31 6
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F12 Final Round 2016-09-08 7
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F12 Final 1 2017-07-22 5
Men's Discus Throw F12 Final 1 2017-07-23 7