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Richard Browne, IPC World champion sprinter, seriously injured in car crash

Richard Browne

DOHA, QATAR - OCTOBER 29: Richard Browne of the United States in action on his way to setting a new world record and winning the men’s 100m T44 final during the Evening Session on Day Eight of the IPC Athletics World Championships at Suhaim Bin Hamad Stadium on October 29, 2015 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

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Richard Browne, a Paralympic medalist, IPC World champion and world-record holder sprinter, suffered broken ribs and a heavy concussion when his car was hit by a truck in Florida earlier this week, according to his manager.

Browne was released from a hospital after a two-night stay and was recovering at home, according to the Thursday statement.

“Richard is badly shaken up and in a lot of pain at the moment, but he was very lucky,” manager Ian Byers said in a statement. “Doctors have advised that he should rest for 3 weeks, which will impact on his winter training and may mean that we have to review his early season race plans. However, Richard has overcome far greater adversity in his life and I am confident that he will be in top shape and ready to challenge for a place on the US Olympic team over 200m and to contend for two individual gold medals at the Rio Paralympic Games.”

Browne, 24, competed in an able-bodied indoor 60m at the 2013 Millrose Games and has a 200m personal best of 21.27, a world record set at the IPC World Championships on Oct. 25. The fastest Americans in the 200m can cover the distance in just under 20 seconds.

In 2007, Browne ripped his right leg when crashing through a glass door. He endured 13 surgeries before choosing amputation over the constant pain in 2010. He earned a Paralympic silver medal two years later.

Browne’s story was profiled by USA Track and Field in a video published in October.

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