Whitehead's gold run

Every single competitor ran at least a personal best in race

Last Updated: 01/09/12 2:18pm

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Richard Whitehead: has completed 24 marathons since 2004

Richard Whitehead: has completed 24 marathons since 2004

Marathon world record holder Richard Whitehead proved he's just as good over shorter distances to take Paralympic gold in the 200 metres.

The 36-year-old, who has completed 24 marathons since 2004, turned to the sprints after being denied the chance to race over the longest distance on the streets of London at this year's Games.

Whitehead clocked a world record time of 24.38 seconds to take the T42 category title by a huge margin in the Olympic Stadium.

The Nottingham athlete came storming through down the home straight to lower his own record, winning by more than a second in a high quality race in which every single competitor ran at least a personal best.

Giving back

"Yesterday I didn't feel too well," he told Channel 4. I had a headache and a bit of a temperature. But I overcame that, I've overcome so much in my life.

"Today was about giving back everyone here a performance. I've got all the support around me and that is why I'm successful. I'd like to dedicate the gold to my mum and dad and my girlfriend.

"I've still got the 100 to come which will be about putting my foot down."

The double above-the-knee amputee was prevented from competing alongside arm amputees in the T46 marathon by International Paralympic Committee regulations.

He failed in his attempt to challenge the rule at the Court of Arbitration for Sport last year, meaning the 100m and 200m are the only two distances in his class.

Meanwhile, Gemma Prescott added a bronze medal in the F31/32/51 club throw. The 28-year-old threw a new European record of 20.50 metres, equating to 1015 points.

There was also success for Rob Womack in Saturday's morning session, as he claimed bronze in the F54/55/56 shot put. The 41-year-old threw a personal best 11.34m, translating into 972 points.

The medals kept on coming for Great Britain, too, Claire Williams with bronze in the F11/12 discus thanks to a best throw of 39.63m, which worked out at 908 points.

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