Richard Whitehead in Rio

Richard Whitehead

Athlete Information

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  • Date of Birth


  • Classification

    T61 200m

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Whitehead won his first world title at the World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand - and that title was quickly followed by European and Paralympic gold in 2012.

Whitehead went on to retain his T42 200m world title in 2013 before embarking on a charity expedition, which saw him run 40 marathons in 40 days. In doing so, Whitehead became the first double leg amputee to run the length of the country.

He broke the world record on his way to another world title at Doha 2015. In 2016 he claimed double sprint gold at the European Championships before heading to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games where he defended his 200m title and tied for 100m silver.

At the 2017 World Championships in London, Whitehead won 200m gold and 100m bronze. Further success came his way in 2018 with T61 200m gold at the European Championships in Berlin, Germany, followed by 200m silver at the 2019 World Championships.

At Tokyo 2020 the Nottingham athlete won T61 200m silver behind South African Ntando Mahlangu.

He was made a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year’s Honours List.

Major Results

2020 Paralympic Games, Tokyo, Japan

  • T61 200m: silver

2016 Paralympic Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • T42 200m: Gold
  • T42 100m: Silver

2012 Paralympic Games, London, United Kingdom

  • T42 200m Gold

2019 World Para Athletics World Championships, Dubai, UAE

  • T61 200m: Silver

2017 IPC Athletics World Championships, London, United Kingdom

  • T42 200m: Gold
  • T42 100m: Bronze

2018 World Para Athletics European Championships , Berlin, Germany

  • T61 200m: Gold

2016 IPC Athletics European Championships, Grosseto, Italy

  • T42 100m: Gold
  • T42 200m: Gold

2015 IPC Athletics World Championships, Doha, Qatar

  • T42 200m: Gold

2014 IPC Athletics European Championships, Swansea, Wales

  • T42 200m: Silver

2013 IPC Athletics World Championships, Lyon, France

  • T42 200m: Gold

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