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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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