EVAN O’HANLON OAM
Evan O’Hanlon is a Paralympic Sprinter competing in the T38 class, he has five Paralympic Gold Medals to his name, holds 3 World records and is looking to add to this impressive resume as he prepares for the IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha this year.
Evan exploded onto the world athletics stage in 2005, immediately creating a name for himself as the next big thing in Paralympic sprinting. On his first ever international tour, Evan won gold in the 100m and 200m at the 2005 German Nationals and European Championships.
Then at his first Paralympic Games in Beijing, Evan again won the 100m and the 200m, smashing both world records. He became the first athlete with cerebral palsy to shatter 11 seconds over 100m, setting the new world mark at 10.96, he broke the world record in the 200m, crossing the line in 21.98 and also won gold in the 4x100m relay in world record time (44.81) with team mates Tim Sullivan, Chris Mullins and Darren Thrupp.
At the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships, Evan again won gold in the 100m and 200m, and keen to push himself, also tried his hand at the 400m, where he finished second and the long jump, where he finished fourth.
In 2012, at the London Paralympic games Evan backed up his performances from Beijing, again winning both the 100m and 200m in world record times of 10.79 and and 21.82 respectively. In doing so he maintained not only his unbeaten run in any race at a Paralympic Games but also his impressive record of running a new world record in every final he has run in at a Paralympic Games.
Leading in to the 2013 World Championships in Lyon, Evan again stepped up to the 400m in an attempt to go one better then in 2011. Unfortunately, Four weeks before the World Championships Evan was hospitalised with Meningitis, crushing his hopes of breaking the 400m World Record. It was touch and go as to whether or not Evan would even travel to the championships, but he refused to give up. After four weeks of bed rest Evan was able to lift himself and take gold in the 100m, 200m and 400m.
In THE 2014/2015 SEASON Evan set his sites on the Able-Bodied athletes of Australia and managed to qualify for the Australian National Championships for the 100m. Unfortunately, injury prevented him competing. However, he did manage to take the Australian Captial Territory 100m State Title before succumbing to his injury.
Evan credits much of his athletics success to coach Iryna Dvoskina, who has coached him since 2005.