USA’s 2016 Rio Olympic Gladiators: Richard Browne

USA’s 2016 Rio Olympic Gladiators: Richard Browne

Track & Field

Age: 24
Hometown: Jackson, MS
Events: 100m, 200m, Long Jump

Getting Gold-Medal Advice: Browne, a Paralympic Track and Field athlete who lost his right leg below the knee after an accident in his teens (in which he fell from a window), relays the best advice he got from training partner and sprinter Justin Gatlin, an Olympic gold medalist. “I hadn’t lost a race in three years,” Browne says. “[Gatlin] pulled me to the side one day at practice and told me that I wasn’t just racing to beat other people, I was pushing myself to be the best.”

He’s Still Pushing: His biggest challenge in Rio will be the 400m. “We’re doing a lot of running for that, a lot of meters, a lot of volume,” he says. “It hurts.”

But His Ultimate Goal Is: To qualify for the able-bodied Olympics and take on none other than Usain Bolt. “I honestly feel like I will be ranked in the top 100 in the world in the 100m and the 200m by the end of the season,” he says.

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