#AllezAUS 'Let's Go Australia'
Sport: Cycling – Track
Olympic History: Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020
Year Born: 1993
State Born: Australian Capital Territory
Nathan Hart followed in the footsteps of his track cyclist father, Braham, who was an inspiration to the young athlete as he started out in the sport.
With his father willing him on, Hart has since eclipsed his dad’s achievements, which include a national championships Sprint silver medal.
Identified by the ACT Academy of Sport talent search program, the Canberran appeared at his first senior national championships in 2012 and made his world cup debut in late 2013, where he finished third in the Team Sprint.
After his father missed out on competing at the World Championships due to a broken wrist, Hart got his first chance in 2015 where he combined with Matthew Glaetzer and Shane Perkins and finished sixth in the Team Pursuit.
He competed at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games where he finished fourth in the Team Sprint with Glaetzer and Patrick Constable.
Hart represented Australia at two Commonwealth Games, firstly in 2014 where he won bronze in the Team Sprint with Perkins and Glaetzer and then at the 2018 Gold Coast Games where he won his second bronze in the Team Sprint with Glaetzer, Jacob Schmid and Patrick Constable.
His crowning glory came in 2019 when Hart went one step better than his father and was crowned National Champion in the Sprint.
He then went on to win a gold medal at the Track World Cup in Cambridge (NZL) in what was his third World Cup sprint appearance. It capped off a successful meet for Hart who also won silver as part of Australia’s Sprint Team.
At the 2020 World Championships, Hart surged to bronze in the Team Sprint with Thomas Cornish and Matthew Richardson. It was Australia’s highest finish in this event at a world championships in eight years.
Making his second Olympic appearance after racing in Rio, Nathan Hart went to Tokyo as a crucial part of Australia’s men’s team sprint with Matthew Glaetzer and Matthew Richardson.
They were third fastest in qualifying with 42.371secs before beating the Russian Olympic Committee in the next round, but were unable to topple France in the race for bronze.
Hart also competed in the individual sprint where he qualified 22nd in 9.696secs before being eliminated in the following round and repechage.