Richard Whitehead sets world record at IPC Athletics World Championships

Published: Tuesday 27th October 2015 by The News Editor

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Britain’s Richard Whitehead set a new T42 200m world record to reach Wednesday’s final at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha.

Having held the previous record when he ran 24.38seconds to win gold at London 2012, the 39-year-old impressively won his heat in 24.10secs.

Whitehead, who finished fourth in Sunday’s T42 100m final, accelerated in the second half of the race to make up for his slow start and clearly beat Scott Reardon, Australia’s 100m champion, who ran 25.27.

He will on Wednesday compete alongside fellow Briton Dave Henson, who finished third with a time of 26.61.

“I was actually quite nervous this morning but I wanted to deliver a performance,” Whitehead said.

“I want to deliver another performance tomorrow. Anything less than a world record is not going to be good enough.”

Jo Butterfield had earlier won Britain’s sole medal of Tuesday when taking bronze in the discus.

She managed 8.96 metres. America’s Rachel Morrison won gold with a new world record of 12.86m.

The double European champion said: “I’m over the moon – I knew that one was going to be really tough and I had to work hard for it.

“I’m just going to relax now and cheer on everyone in the team. We have a lot of good medal opportunities still to come.”

Britain’s medal tally from Doha now stands at 16.

Published: Tuesday 27th October 2015 by The News Editor

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