Athletes

Richard Whitehead MBE

Richard first got involved in Athletics in 2004 after being inspired by a documentary about Canadian athlete Terry Fox, an amputee marathon-runner.

  • Events:
    Athletics, Ice Sledge Hockey
  • Home Town:
    Nottingham
  • Lives:
    Nottingham
  • Trains:
    Southwell Running Club/Loughborough University
  • Date Of Birth:
    18/07/1976
  • Games Attended:
    London 12, Turin 06

He started running, covering short distances at first, and he enjoyed the freedom of the sport and the variety of events.

Before turning his attention to sprinting, Richard competed in marathons. His personal best time in the long distance event is 2.42.52 and his coach is former GB marathon runner Liz Yelling, who works with sprint specialist Keith Antoine to perfect his track technique.

Amongst Richard’s career highlights is running his first marathon in New York in 2004 and later winning gold in the T42 200m at the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand. 

At London 2012, Richard competed at his first summer Games. In the T42 200m he was trailing off the bend but raced past the competition to take gold with a world record time of 24.38.

"That was a performance for everyone."Richard Whitehead

He also placed 7th in the T42 100m, producing a personal best of 12.97 in the heats,

Richard has also represented ParalympicsGB in winter sports. At the 2006 Winter Paralympic Games in Turin, Richard joined London 2012 team-mate Nathan Stephens on the men's Ice Sledge Hockey team.

In addition to Athletics, Richard enjoys Swimming and Sitting Volleyball. He also enjoys Football and is a keen supporter of Tottenham Hotspur.

In the 2013 New Year's Honours, Richard was awarded a MBE.

Richard is a lower-limb amputee.

Major Results

  • 2012 London Paralympic Games
  • T42 100m: 7th
    T42 200m: gold
  • 2006 Turin Winter Paralympic Games
  • Sledge Hockey: 3rd, Group A
     
  • 2013 IPC Atheltics World Championships, Lyon, France
  • T42 200m: Gold
  • 2012 IPC Athletics European Championships, Stadskanaal, Holland
  • T42 100m: bronze
    T42 200m: gold
  • 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • T42 200m: gold

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