Whitehead breaks world record to reach final

Image: Winniepix/flickr

Image: Winniepix/flickr

British Paralympian Richard Whitehead broke his own world record to progress to the T42 200m final at the IPC World Championships in Doha.

The 39-year-old powered to victory in 24.10 seconds, 0.28 seconds faster than his gold medal-winning time from the London 2012 Olympics.

He will be joined in the final by team-mate and fellow double amputee Dave Henson, who finished third in his heat.

“It is such an honour to be a GB athlete and putting on the team kit, even at 39,” said Whitehead.

“It is about acting on all of the support I have had over the past 12 months. I enjoy what I am do and am passionate about what I do.

“It is now about delivering another performance in the final. Anything less than a world record isn’t good enough for me – I need to keep pushing and pushing. It is important that people realise that sport isn’t about medals for me – it is about giving back to those who have supported me and hopefully guiding other people to their success.”

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