Richard Colman has always aspired to do his best in everything he pursues. As it happens, his best is world-beating, with the track specialist spearheading the Australian athletics team for over a decade.

The Norwegian-born athlete made his Paralympic debut in Athens, where he won a gold and silver medal in the 800m and 4x100m relay, and set a new Games record in the 800m – achievements which saw him rise to the number one world ranking.

Richard competed in five events at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, and won medals in the 200m and 400m. Although his performance at these Games did not top the gold he won in Athens, Richard says that competing in front of the huge crowds in Beijing remains one of the highlights of his career.

Ahead of London 2012, Richard won gold in the 800m and silver in the 400m at the 2011 …

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Date of birth
28 November 1984
Past Paralympic Games

Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Spina bifida
How acquired
Highton, VIC
Accountant and motivational speaker
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Winning gold in the 800m at the London 2012 Paralympic Games

Greatest sporting moments

Winning his first Paralympic gold at Athens 2004

Heroes/role models

Heinz Frei, Pat Rafter, Ian Thorpe and Tim Clarke


  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: 400m Classification: T53
  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: 800m Classification: T53
  • Discipline: 4 x 400m relay Classification: T53

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