By: Khyle Buchanan
Meet ESPY award winning athlete Richard Browne Jr.
Richard Browne Jr. lost one of his legs in 2010 in a car accident. Despite losing his leg, he decided to run track and is the fastest single leg amputee sprinter in the world. At the young age of 25 he has won three different running medals, and broken numerous T44 class records; the class he runs in.
His debut in 2012 saw him take home a silver medal in the London Paralympic Games. He won gold medals in 2013, and 2015 at the International Paralympic Committee World Championships.
At the IPC Athletics World Championships he ran a record time of 10.83 seconds in the T44 100-meter semi-finals in 2013, and 21.27 seconds in the 200-meter at Mt. Sac Relays in Los Angeles in 2014. He broke his record of 10.83 seconds later in 2013 with a time of 10.75 seconds.
“I don’t care how many legs you have. I want to race you,” Browne said in an interview with CNN.
In 2013, he put that quote into action when he became the first T44 class runner to compete in a world class able bodied field at the Millrose Games in New York City, and again in 2014 when he ran in the Meeting De Mondeville in France.
In 2016 he added to his list of accomplishments, an ESPY award, winning “Best Male Athlete with a Disability” before retiring four days later.
As a record breaking pioneer who broke down doors, and shattered glass ceilings, Richard Browne Jr. has earned a spot among the greats. He retires, not only a success, but also an inspiration.