WHITEHEAD WANTS TO BE IN TOKYO 2020
RICHARD WHITEHEAD stormed to success in the
T42 200m to defend his title on the second evening of the Championships.
The two-time Paralympic champion wasn’t dominant on the bend but in the straight he charged away to an easy victory, winning in a championship record 23.26, 0.69 of a second ahead of South African Ntando Mahlangu’s 23.95.
A fast finish from his teammate David Henson also gave Britain the bronze medal in 24.73.
A delighted Whitehead, who collapsed on the ground on his back after the race, said: “As a British athlete you do feel pressured, but with pressure comes a performance like that and as you come off the bend it just reignites those moments in 2012. When I came off that bend all of a sudden that whirlwind effect is pulling you to the finish line.
“That was a special moment. If you are a British athlete and you are able to do it in your home stadium it’s something special.”
He wasn’t able to make it a sprint double on Monday evening though as a slow start in the 100m meant he was always behind and his usual storming finish and 12.39 clocking got him a bronze medal but left him two metres down on th winner, Australian Scott Reardon, who posted 12.21.
After the event, Whitehead vowed to continue until Tokyo 2020 where he will only be able to contest the 200m.
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Whitehead finishes third over 100m as Australia’s Scott Reardon wins gold