Sport: Cycling – Track
Event: Team Pursuit
Olympic History: Olympic Debutante
Year Born: 1996
State Born: South Australia
Hailing from Ashford South Australia, Alexander Porter was recruited to cycling at the age of 15 through the South Australian Sports Institute talent identification program. He had been playing football for Scotch College but was told he had the right make-up for cycling and was encouraged to make the switch.
It wasn’t long before Porter was making an impression. In 2014 he claimed the junior Team Pursuit world title and just a few months after that collected his maiden elite victory with world cup gold in the points race.
In 2016, Porter claimed his first Team Pursuit world title, and followed this up in 2017, followed by the 2018 Madison crown.
Proving his versatility, Porter kicked off 2018 with appearances at the Tour Down Under, Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and TrackNats.
Returning to the boards that same year he teamed with Sam Welsford, Leigh Howard and Kelland O’Brien for a history-making performance at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. The team broke the three-minute (3:49.804) fifty-second barrier on their way to winning gold in the Team Pursuit.
Porter faced his greatest challenge yet when he overcame injuries sustained through a crash while competing at the national track titles in December 2018. Six weeks after he suffered a broken collarbone, six cracked ribs and a lung puncture, the team pursuit starter pulled on the green and gold at the 2019 Track World Championships and joined the quartet who smashed their team pursuit world record, (3min 48.012sec) giving Porter a third career world title.
At the 2020 World Championships, Porter was part of Australia's title defence in the men's Team Pursuit. The quartet were just two-hundredths of a second off fourth, from Italy who claimed bronze.
I was 15 and got in through the SASI Talent Identification Program. They came around to my school, did some testing and said you’d be a good biker. So I gave it a crack.
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