David Evans (athlete)

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David Evans
David Evans in Athletics field at the Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games.jpg
Personal information
Full name David Martin Evans
Nationality  Australia
David Evans Evans on his way to a gold medal in the T46 1500m event at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games. Chinese athlete Yanjian Wu (right) won the silver medal

David Martin Evans, OAM[1] (born 20 September 1967) is an Australian Paralympic athlete. He is an arm amputee, and his nickname was ‘Clock’.


Evans competed in the 1500m and 5000m at the 1984 New York/Stoke Mandeville Paralympics.[2] 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.[2]

Evans won two gold medals 800m and 1500m and a bronze medal in the 5000m at the 1st IPC Athletics World Championships in Berlin, Germany.[citation needed]

At the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics, he won two gold medals in the Men's 4 × 100 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,[1] and a silver medal in the Men's 800 m T44-46 event. He also competed in the 800m and 5000m.[2]

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."[3]


  1. ^ a b "Evans, David Martin, OAM". It's an Honour. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Results for David Evans from the International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  3. ^ Orchard, John (1995). "Half a dozen beers with David ' Clock' Evans". Sport Health. 13 (4): 18–19. 

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