David Evans (athlete)
Evans at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics
|Full name||David Martin Evans|
Evans competed in the 1500m and 5000m at the 1984 New York/Stoke Mandeville Paralympics. In 1991, the Australian Institute of Sport established an Athletics with a Disability Program and he became an inaugural scholarship holder and was coached by Chris Nunn. At the 1992 Barcelona Paralympics, Evans competed in four events – 400m, 800m, 1500m and 5000m.
At the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics, he won two gold medals in the Men's 4x100 m Relay T42-46 event and the Men's 1,500 m T44-46 event, for which he received a Medal of the Order of Australia, and a silver medal in the Men's 800 m T44-46 event. He also competed in the 800m and 5000m.
In an interview, Evans commented "I spent too many years not training seriously because it was too easy to win in disabled events without doing any work. It was only when I came to the AIS and started using able bodied athletes as a yardstick that I really improved."
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