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Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameRichard Charles "Rick"•Mitchell
Used nameRick•Mitchell
Born24 March 1955 in Sydney, New South Wales (AUS)
Died30 May 2021 in Brisbane, Queensland (AUS)
Measurements183 cm / 71 kg
AffiliationsSt. Stephens Harriers, Mount Waverley (AUS)
NOC Australia


Rick Mitchell was primarily a 400 metre specialist who competed at the 1976, 1980, and 1984 Olympics, winning a silver medal in the 400 at Moskva in 1980. Mitchell joined Waverley Athletic Club in Melbourne at age 17, but later moved to St. Stephens Harriers.

In addition to his Olympic appearances, Mitchell raced at the 1978 and 1982 Commonwealth Games, winning gold in the 400 metres in 1978, adding a bronze that year in the 4x400 relay, and in 1982 he took home two silvers in the 400 and 4x400. He won Australian titles in the 400 in 1976-77 and 1979.

Mitchell retired after the Los Angeles Olympics and became Director of the Tasmanian Institute of Sport, later leading various organizations in racing, sport, and business, while also doing sports commentary on television. Mitchell was inducted into the Athletics Australia Hall of Fame in 2011.

Personal Bests: 200 – 20.8 (1976); 400 – 44.84 (1980).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1976 Summer Olympics Athletics AUS Rick Mitchell
200 metres, Men (Olympic) 1 h2 r1/4
400 metres, Men (Olympic) 6
4 × 100 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) Australia DNS
4 × 400 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) Australia 5 h2 r1/2
1980 Summer Olympics Athletics AUS Rick Mitchell
400 metres, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
1984 Summer Olympics Athletics AUS Rick Mitchell
4 × 400 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) Australia 4

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