Rick Mitchell

1955 -

Track star Rick Mitchell’s finest moment came when he won a silver medal in the men’s 400m in 1980. Mitchell produced a withering finish to come from last rounding the turn to second, with only Russian Viktor Markin denying him gold. Mitchell was a triple Olympian for Australia. He raced in four events in 1976, placing sixth in the 400m as well as competing in the 200m and 4x100m and 4x400m relays. In 1984 he narrowly missed a second Olympic medal, running a strong leg for our 4x400m relay team which placed fourth. Mitchell’s silver stands as the only men’s individual track medal won by Australia since 1968.

Olympic Results

1984 Los Angeles

4 x 400m Relay - Men
Qualifying 3:03.72 (1st)
Semi Final 3:03.79 (2nd)
Final 2:59.70 (4th)
Final Placing 4 / 25

1980 Moscow

400m - Men
Qualifying 46.63 (3rd)
Quarter Final 45.73 (1st)
Semi Final 45.48 (2nd)
Final 44.84 (2nd)
Final Placing 2 / 50

1976 Montreal

200m - Men
Qualifying 21.90 (1st)
Quarter Final DNC
Final Placing 32 / 55
400m - Men
Qualifying 46.11 (2nd)
Quarter Final 45.76 (1st)
Semi Final 45.69 (4th)
Final 45.40 (6th)
Final Placing 6 / 46
4 x 400m Relay - Men
Qualifying 3:05.75 (5th)
Final Placing 10 / 16