Jon-Allan Butterworth

Jon-Allan Butterworth

Athlete Information

  • Region

    Sutton Coldfield

  • Date of Birth


  • Classification

    C5 at Rio

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Jon-Allan joined the RAF in 2002 and served in Afghanistan and Iraq in his role as a Weapons Technician. It was while serving in Iraq in 2007 that he was involved in a rocket attack on Basra Air station. As a result of the injuries he sustained doctors carried out an above the elbow amputation on his left arm.

Jon-Allan joined the British Para-cycling Development Programme via Battle Back, a joint scheme between the British Paralympic Association and the Ministry of Defence which helps wounded service personnel return to an active life with the help of adventurous training and sport. Jon-Allan attended a Paralympics GB taster day in October 2007 and impressed coaches on their Wattbike test, only two months after he lost his arm. After completing rehabilitation Jon-Allan started training with the team in April 2009.

At his first UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships in Montichiari, Italy, in 2011, Jon-Allan won gold and set a new world record in the C5 kilo.

He defended this title at the 2012 World Championships ensuring selection for his first Paralympic Games at London 2012. He enjoyed a successful event, finishing the competition with an impressive three silver medals in the C4-5 1km time-trial, C5 individual pursuit and the C1-5 mixed team sprint.

After London 2012, Jon-Allan added to his medal tally at the 2014 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico winning a silver and bronze in the C5 kilo and individual pursuit.

Jon-Allan then took a break from competition and competed in Channel 4 show The Jump in early 2015. He returned to the Great Britain Cycling Team at the end of 2015, making his return at the Manchester International.

He was then selected for the fourth World Championships of his career in 2016 and won mixed team sprint gold alongside Louis Rolfe and Jody Cundy and a silver medal in the C5 kilo at the velodrome in Montichiari.

In Rio, at the 2016 Paralympics, Butterworth rode strongly, just missing out on a medal to finish fourth in the kilo before joining Rolfe and Cundy for the team sprint. The trio qualified fastest, in a new world record time, to reach the gold medal ride against China.

The British team rode superbly in the final, winning by over a second in a new world record time of 48.635.

Two years later, there was further success for Butterworth in Brazil, as he reunited with Jody Cundy and Louis Rolfe to take team sprint gold at the 2018 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Rio de Janeiro.

Butterworth also added silver in the 1km time trial - the fifth occasion in his career when he reached the podium in the kilo at the world championships.

Major Results

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

  • Mixed team sprint: Gold

London 2012 Paralympic Games, (UK)

  • C4-5 1km time trial: Silver
  • C5 individual pursuit: Silver
  • C1-5 mixed team sprint (with Darren Kenny and Rik Waddon): Silver

2018 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

  • Team Sprint: Gold
  • Kilo C5: Silver

2016 UCI Track World Championships, Montichiari, Italy

  • Mixed team sprint: Gold
  • Kilo C5: Silver

2014 World Championships, Aguascalientes, Mexico

  • C5 Kilo: Silver
  • C5 4km Pursuit: Bronze

2012 World Championships, Los Angeles, USA

  • C5 Kilo: Gold

2011 World Championships, Montichiari, Italy

  • C5 Kilo: Gold

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