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Matthew Richardson



Place of Birth




Junior Club

Midland CC

Olympic History

Tokyo 2020

Career Events

Cycling Track Mens Keirin

Cycling Track Mens Sprint

Cycling Track Mens Team Sprint


Matthew's Story

Fast Facts

Sport: Cycling – Track
Event: Sprint
Olympic History: Tokyo 2020
Year Born: 1999 
Country Born: Maidstone, Great Britain

About Matthew

Growing up in Warwick, Western Australia Matthew Richardson was more at home on a balance beam than a bike. As a teenager, the emerging gymnast was earning podium results at a national level until an elbow injury closed that sporting chapter.


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But it wasn’t the end of his sporting story and the injury started Richardson on a new journey. Already cycling through the Midland Cycling Club, Richardson was invited to attend a ‘come ’n’ try’ session and he was recruited to the Western Australia Institute of Sport. 

The core strength Richardson had developed over many years of gymnastics was transferrable to track cycling and his explosive skills were quickly noticed. 

He had been living in the UK for nine years before his family moved to Australia for his father’s work.

Three months prior to the 2019 World Championships, Richardson relocated to South Australia to join Cycling Australia’s Podium Potential Academy. The move paid dividends as Richardson was selected to represent Australia in the team sprint where the trio finished in sixth position, edged out of the finals by eventual silver medallists France. 

At the 2020 World Championships, Richardson surged to bronze in the team sprint with Thomas Cornish and Nathan Hart. It was Australia’s highest finish in this event at a World Championships in eight years.

The former gymnast turned track sprinter made his Olympic debut in Tokyo where he was part of Australia’s team sprint which finished fourth.

Racing with Nathan Hart and Matthew Glaetzer, they qualified third fastest in 42.371secs and beat the Russian Olympic Committee in the next round. They then faced France in the bronze medal race where the French won by 1.7secs to claim a spot on the podium.

Richardson also rode the individual sprint where he qualified 21st in a time of 9.685secs and was eliminated in the subsequent round and repechage.

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