Danny Crates

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Danny Crates
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Danny Crates - Paralympic Gold Medallist and former world record holder, now a motivational speaker
Personal information
Nationality United Kingdom
Born (1973-02-09) 9 February 1973 (age 46)
Orsett, Essex, England
Other interestsRugby, Scuba Diving, Motivational Speaker
CountryGreat Britain
Disability classT46
Event(s)400 metres, 800 metres
Coached byAyo Falola
Retired25 July 2009
Updated on 1 May 2015.

Daniel Brian Crates (born 9 February 1973)[1] is a former British athlete, who specialised in 800m sprinting. He is a former Paralympic world record holder in this event, and won gold medals in a number of international competitions, including the Paralympic Games, European Championships and World Championships.[2] He also plays competitive rugby and is a qualified diving instructor.[3][4]

Crates was born in Orsett, Essex. He took up athletics after losing his right arm in a car accident while in Australia in 1994. He competed in T46 (arm amputee) events and represented Britain at the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney – winning the bronze medal in the 400m sprint, and at the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens where he won gold in the 800m.[1]

After Sydney, Crates switched from the 400m to the 800m, in which he holds the world record with a time of 1:53.27 set in 2004 at the AAA Championships.[1][3]

Crates also won gold in the 800m race at the European Championships in 2003, and again in 2005. He won gold in the same category at the World Indoor Championships in 2003. He had previously won gold running 400m at the European Championships in 2001.[1] He won gold in the 800m race at the inaugural Paralympic World Cup in Manchester in 2004, but did not compete to retain his title in 2008.[5][6]

He also plays competitive rugby within teams of non-amputee players.[1]

Crates carried the Olympic torch in London in 2008 and was selected as flag bearer[7] for the opening ceremony in the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing.[6][8]

Crates retired from athletics on 25 July 2009, after competing at the London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace.[9] He came in third place in his last race[10] and during his career Crates won 11 gold and 1 bronze medals.

He was part of the UK Channel 4 commentary team for the London 2012 Paralympics.[11] His autobiography was published in 2012 and is called Danny Boy.[12] Also on Channel 4 in 2017 he was part of the presenting team at the 2017 BDO World Darts Championship.

Since retiring from athletics, Danny Crates has become a motivational speaker and has made many TV appearances. He is a regular guest reporter on BBC’s “Food: Truth or Scare”.

Crates took part in the 2015 series of Celebrity MasterChef.[13]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Danny Crates' running tips". BBC Sport. 4 November 2005. Retrieved 6 January 2009.
  2. ^ "Crates wins Gold to complete set of major titles". Britishathletics.org.uk. September 2006. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Crates determined to enjoy life in fast lane after accident that changed his life". The Independent. London. 1 August 2007. Retrieved 6 January 2009.
  4. ^ Hudson, Elizabeth (26 September 2004). "Patience pays off for Crates". BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 January 2009.
  5. ^ "World's Greatest Athletes Confirmed for Paralympic World Cup". Northwest Development Agency. 1 December 2004. Archived from the original on 16 September 2008. Retrieved 6 January 2009.
  6. ^ a b "Danny Crates to carry Olympic torch". Clacton and Frinton Gazette. 1 April 2008. Retrieved 6 January 2009.
  7. ^ "Danny Crates Selected as Flag Bearer". Britishathletics.org.uk. 5 September 2008. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  8. ^ "Flag-bearer Crates hails ceremony". BBC Sport. 6 September 2008. Retrieved 6 January 2009.
  9. ^ "UKA Crates Retires". UKA. 16 July 2008. Retrieved 16 July 2009.
  10. ^ Danny Crates . BBC Sport (25 July 2009). Retrieved on 28 February 2010.
  11. ^ Channel 4: meet the team
  12. ^ Crates, Danny. "Danny Boy". Danny Crates Motivational Autobiography.
  13. ^ Celebrity Masterchef 2015

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