Peter Martin (athlete)

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Peter Martin
Medal record
Paralympic athletics
Competitor for  New Zealand
Paralympic Games
Gold 1996 Atlanta Shot Put - F52
Gold 2000 Sydney Shot Put - F53
Gold 2004 Athens Shot Put - F52
Gold 2004 Athens Javelin Throw - F52-53
Silver 1996 Atlanta Javelin Throw - F52
Bronze 2000 Sydney Pentathlon - P53
Bronze 2004 Athens Discus Throw - F52

Peter Raymon Martin, MNZM (born February 23, 1962) is a Paralympian athlete from New Zealand competing in seated throwing events. He is a farmer, and became quadriplegic after sustaining a spinal injury in a farm bike accident.[1] He competes in the F52 classification.

Biography[edit]

Martin won the shot put in the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Paralympics. He also won the javelin in 2004 and a silver in 1996. Other events he has medalled in are the 2000 Pentathlon and the 2004 discus throw, making 2004 his most successful year with two gold medals and one bronze. He made a comeback for the 2012 Summer Paralympics; he reached finals but did not medal in his shot put and javelin events.[2] Immediately prior to these games, he inadvertently took a banned substance for medical reasons. He was reprimanded but cleared to compete.[3]

Martin remains the current F52 world record holder in javelin[4] and has previously held world records in shot put and pentathlon.[1]

In the 2005 New Year Honours, Martin was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to paralympic sport.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Peter Martin". Paralympics NZ. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  2. ^ profile on paralympic.org
  3. ^ "Martin reprimanded for banned substance". 3 News NZ. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "IPC Athletics World Records". International Paralympic Committee. 
  5. ^ New Year Honours List 2005. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 2 January 2013.