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’.

Career[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  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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