Evan George O'Hanlon, OAM (born 4 May 1988) is an Australian Paralympic athlete, who competes mainly in category T38 sprint events. He has won five gold medals at two Paralympic Games – 2008 Beijing and 2012 London. He represented Australia at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.
O'Hanlon was born on 4 May 1988 in Sydney. He is 183 centimetres (6.00 ft) tall and weighs 78 kilograms (172 lb). He has cerebral palsy due to a prenatal stroke. He attended St Joseph's College, Hunters Hill. He has five sisters, one of whom is Elsa O'Hanlon who rowed for Australia's national team and won the World University lightweight sculling Championship in Trakai, Lithuania in 2006. His father Terry O'Hanlon, who is heavily involved with rowing in Australia, has represented Australia on the international level. His mother has also represented Australia as a member of a national rowing squad. As of October 2011, he is working on a degree in landscape architecture. He is not married, and resides in Canberra and Sydney. He is married to Zuzana Schindlerova, a Czech Republic race walker.
O'Hanlon mainly competes in category T38 sprint events. Before the start of his last year of high school, he competed only against able bodied athletes. In 2005, New South Wales Paralympic Talent Search Co-ordinator Amy Winters, herself a former Paralympian, recruited him to participate in Paralympic sport. That year, he represented Australia for the first time. In December, he moved to Canberra and started training full-time with Irina Dvoskina.
As of October 2011, he is coached by Irina Dvoskina, and has a scholarship from the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). When competing on the club level, he represents UTS North. At the age of nineteen, his records made him the fastest male cerebral palsy competitor in the world. During his career, he has had to deal with painful shin splits.
He competed in the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, China. There he won three gold medals in the men's 100 metres – T38, men's 200 m – T38 and men's 4 x 100 metre relay – T35–38 events, for which he received a Medal of the Order of Australia. He won all of these events in World Record times, in the T38 100 m event with a time of 10.96 and in T38 200 m event with a time of 21.98. His time of 10.96 was the first time a male cerebral palsy athlete had a sub 11 second record time. Personal best times outside the Paralympics include a time of 51.08 in the T38 400 m event, a record he set in Brisbane, and a distance of 6.11 metres (20.0 ft) in the T38 long jump event that he set in Canberra.
In 2005, he competed at the German Nationals and European Championships in the 100 m and 200 m events at his first overseas competition. At the IPC Athletics World Championships in 2006, he competed in the T38 100 m, but did not finish; finished third in the T38 200 m event; and won two gold medals in the 4x100 m relay and 4x400 m relay events. At the Australian Championships, he finished first in the T38 100 m and T38 200 m events in 2006, 2007 and 2008. His 2006 title was his first national one, when he won the T38 100 m event. At the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships, he won gold medals in the 100 m and 200 events, a silver medal in the 400 m event, and a bronze in the 4x100 m relay event. He finished fourth in the men's long jump event. His two gold medals at the event counted for half the total men's Australian gold medal count.
In 2009 and 2010, he took time off from Paralympic athletics to compete in Australia's able-bodied domestic athletics season. He has a personal goal of being able to beat able-bodied athletes. One of his early goals was to beat the times of fellow Paralympian athlete Tim Sullivan. He accomplished this, and was on a sprint team with Sullivan that won a Paralympic gold medal in the 4x100 m event in Beijing.
As of 2011, he is ranked first in the world. In 2011, he was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder training and based in Canberra.
At the 2012 London Games, he repeated his Beijing success in winning the Men's 100 m and 200 m T38 events. He was the Australian flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the London games.
Competing at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France, he won gold medals in the Men's 100 m, 200 m and 400 m T38 events. . He competed at the Championships just weeks after being hospitalized with viral meningitis. O'Hanlon was forced to withdraw from the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha due to a stess fracture in his back.
At the 2016 Rio Paralympics he won the silver medal in the Men's 100 m T38 in a time of 10.98. He announced his retirement immediately after the event.
O'Hanlon has participated in rugby union. His involvement as a player ended because of repeated injuries. He has also competed in rowing.
O'Hanlon was AIS Junior Athlete of the Year in 2008, and was also named Athletics Australia's 2008 Athlete of the Year – Male AWD. Cleo magazine named him as a finalist in its 2008 Bachelor of the Year contest. In 2011, he was nominated for The Age's Sport Performer Award in the Performer with a Disability category. In 2011, he received a Sport Achievement Award from the Australian Institute of Sport. O'Hanlon was a finalist for the 2012 Australian Paralympian of the Year. In November 2013, he was named Athletics Australia Male Para-Athlete of the Year. In 2014, he was inducted into the Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre Path of Champions.