(born April 4, 1986 in Houston, Texas
) is a American track and field
athlete who specialises in the 110 meter hurdles
. His personal best for the event is 13.15 seconds, set in June 2011.
A double gold medalist at the 2003 World Youth Championships in Athletics
, taking both 110 m and 400 meter hurdles
titles, he went on to win the NCAA Outdoor title
in the shorter event in 2008. He won his first senior national medal at the 2011 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships
, taking third place.
Growing up in Cedar Hill, Texas
, he began taking part in sports at the age of 12. Despite having a talent for hurdling
, his parents were initially hesitant in encouraging him to compete in track and field. For Richardson and his family, the focus was his education: having represented his school at a national level on their debate team, he saw the discipline more as a way of pursuing further academic study via a college scholarship
. By the time he graduated from Cedar Hill High School, he had run the third fastest ever time in the 400 meter hurdles
for a high school athlete. In his first international outing at the 2003 World Youth Championships in Athletics
, he completed a novel 110 m and... Read More