Richard Whitehead MBE






Nottingham, UK

Career Highlights and Awards

2011 IPC World Championships
Gold: 200m – T42
2012 Paralympic Games
Gold: 200m – T42
2012 IPC European Championships
Gold: 200m – T42
Bronze: 100m – T42
2013 IPC World Championships
Gold: 200m – T42
2015 IPC World Championships
Gold: 200m – T42
2016 IPC European Championships
Gold: 100m – T42
Gold: 200m – T42
2016 Paralympic Games
Gold: 200m – T42
Silver: 100m – T42
2017 IPC World Championships
Gold: 200m – T42
Bronze: 100m – T42

2018 WPA European Championships

Gold: 200m – T61


It’s not easy to define Richard. He’s a World Record holder in full and half marathons, but he’s also one of the world’s best sprinters – and the current Paralympic, World and European Champion in the T42 200m. Many people say Richard is an inspiration. Richard says that he’s simply an athlete, who has been given the opportunity to run.

As a double leg amputee, life is full of challenges, but that’s never got in Richard Whitehead’s way.

Since that first marathon in 2004, Richard has run more than 20 marathons, not to mention competing at the 2006 Winter Paralympic Games in sledge hockey. In 2009, he became the first leg amputee (single or double) to break the 3-hour mark for a marathon, a world record he has now lowered to 2 hours, 42.54 minutes. He also broke the half marathon world record with an incredible run of 1 hour, 14.14 minutes.

At the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Richard won Gold in the T42 200m sprint in front of his home crowd. He was second last after the first 100m, but then surged through the field to become the Paralympic Champion with an incredible burst of speed.

Following Gold medals at the 2013 IPC World Championships and Anniversary Games (T42 200m), Richard completed the challenge of a lifetime – running 40 marathons in 40 days, from John O’Groats to Land’s End. He ran a total of 977 miles for his two chosen charities, Scope and Sarcoma UK.

Having successfully defended his T42 200m World and European titles in 2015 and 2016 respectively, the 40-year-old went on to win his second Paralympic Gold medal in the event at the Rio Games, defending his title in trademark style with stunning finishing speed.

Four days later Richard added Paralympic silver to his Rio medal haul, crossing the line joint second in a dramatic T42 100m final.

2017 proved a similarly successful year for Richard, claiming Gold in the T42 200m and Bronze in the 100m at the World Championships in London. This phenomenal result meant that Richard became the first ever athlete to win four consecutive Gold medals in the T42 200m, having first won the event back in 2011.

In 2018 Richard competed at the rebranded WPA European Championships in Berlin, where he claimed the fourth European Gold medal of his career by winning the 200m T61 in a time of 24.22 seconds.

Richard is an inspirational speaker and is also a director and mentor at One Athlete, an integrated sports performance support team.

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