Richard Yates (athlete)

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Richard Yates (born 26 January 1986) is an English 400 metres hurdles athlete best known for his 5th-place finish in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi India and bronze medal in the 4x400 metre relay at the same Championships. [1] His personal best for the 400m hurdles is 49.06 seconds.

Richard started running in his early childhood at the age of four and continued to pursue athletics alongside his education, first competing at an international level by the time he was 22. Despite becoming the British Champion at 400m hurdles in 2008 he was not selected to represent Great Britain in the Beijing Olympics, to some controversy. He later reclaimed his title as English Champion again in 2013 and also in 2016.

Outside of his achievements on the athletics track, Richard also has an equally impressive academic record. Following the completion of his A level’s at Manchester Grammar School where Richard achieved straight A’s, he went on to study Law at The University of Leeds, achieving upper second class honours (2:1). Richard later went on to qualify as a solicitor specialising in Sports Law and Commercial Disputes at Manchester law firm JMW Solicitors LLP.[2]

Whilst managing a professional legal career at JMW Solicitors LLP, Richard has continued to pursue competitive athletics, recently taking part in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014. At the games Richard qualified in 2nd position in his heat and went on to place 7th in the 400m hurdle final. His personal best stands at 49.06.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2010 Commonwealth Games New Delhi, India 3rd 4 x 400 m relay 3:03.97


  1. ^ "Athlete Profile". 1986-01-26. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
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