Paralympics: Whitehead smashes world record (+video)

Marathon world record holder Richard Whitehead continued to push the boundaries of human achievement by racing to Paralympic gold in a new world record over 200 metres. Photo / Getty Images.
Marathon world record holder Richard Whitehead continued to push the boundaries of human achievement by racing to Paralympic gold in a new world record over 200 metres. Photo / Getty Images.

British sprinter Richard Whitehead continued to push the boundaries of human achievement by racing to Paralympic gold in a new world record over 200 metres in London overnight.

The 36-year-old athlete, who also holds the world record in the marathon, turned to the sprints after being denied the chance to race over the longest distance on the streets of London.

Whitehead, greeted by a huge roar from a packed Olympic Stadium, conquered the challenge in style by clocking 24.38 seconds to take the T42 category title by a huge margin.

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

Whitehead lapped up the support, performing his take on the Royal wave, as Usain Bolt did ahead of his Olympic 200m final, when introduced to the crowd, with a faulty start adding to the tension.

- HERALD ONLINE

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