30 April 1983 |
Auckland, New Zealand
|Height||1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|Weight||84 kg (185 lb)|
Richard John Edward "Richie" Patterson (born 30 April 1983) is a weightlifting competitor for New Zealand.
At the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi he won the silver medal in the men's 85 kg weightlifting event. Four years later, at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, he won the gold medal in the same event. He was New Zealand's flagbearer in the 2014 Commonwealth Games closing ceremony.
To qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics Patterson had to rely on fellow New Zealand teammate Tavita Ngalu to lift 150 kg at the Oceania Championships. In a selfless act Ngalu did so while injured with ripped quadriceps and New Zealand's highest ranked weightlifter (Patterson) qualified for the Games.
- "Richard Patterson". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 25 July 2012.
- Shannon, Kris (29 July 2014). "Commonwealth Games: Patterson lifts gold". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
- Anderson, Ian (4 August 2014). "Patterson to fly NZ flag at closing ceremony". Fairfax New Zealand. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
- "Patterson seeks a shirt to give to hero Ngalu". stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 25 July 2012.
- "Wedding bells for weightlifting golden boy". Television New Zealand. 29 July 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
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