Para Man | Danny Crates
Danny Crates is a British former athlete, who specialised in 800m sprinting. He is a former Paralympic world record holder in this event, and won gold medals in a number of international competitions, including the Paralympic Games, European Championships and World Championships.
He also plays competitive rugby and is a qualified diving instructor.
Daniel Crates was born in Orsett, Essex. He took up athletics after losing his right arm in a car accident while in Australia in 1994.
He competed in T46 (arm amputee) events and represented Britain at the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney – winning the bronze medal in the 400m sprint, and at the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens where he won gold in the 800m.
After Sydney, Crates switched from the 400m to the 800m, in which he holds the world record with a time of 1 53.27 set in 2004 at the AAA Championships.
Crates also won gold in the 800m race at the European Championships in 2003, and again in 2005.
He won gold in the same category at the World Indoor Championships in 2003.
He had previously won gold running 400m at the European Championships in 2001.
He won gold in the 800m race at the inaugural Paralympic World Cup in Manchester in 2004 but did not compete to retain his title in 2008.
He also plays competitive rugby within teams of non-amputee players Crates carried the Olympic torch in London in 2008 and was selected as the flag bearer for the opening ceremony in the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing Crates retired from athletics on 25 July 2009, after competing at the London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace.
He came in third place in his last race and during his career Crates won 11 gold and 1 bronze medal.