WHITEHEAD Richard

19 Jul 1976
45
Male
T61
NOTTINGHAM
 
Great Britain
NOTTINGHAM
 
Great Britain

Events and Medals

Discipline Event Rank Medal
ATH Athletics Men's 200m - T61 2 Silver Medal

Schedule

Change
Start Time Location Event Status
Olympic Stadium - Track
Finished

Biographical Information

Highlights

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RankEventYearLocationResult
Paralympic Games
1200m - T422016Rio de Janeiro, BRA23.39
1200m - T422012London, GBR24.38
2100m - T422016Rio de Janeiro, BRA12.32
7100m - T422012London, GBR12.99
World Championships
1200m - T422017London, GBR23.26
1200m - T422015Doha, QAT24.10
1200m - T422013Lyon, FRA24.95
1200m - T422011Christchurch, NZL25.88
2200m - T612019Dubai, UAE23.82
3100m - T422017London, GBR12.39
4100m - T422015Doha, QAT12.55
European Championships
1200m - T612018Berlin, GER24.22
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Lionheart [his grandmother called him this as he grew up, and when he ran the Comrades Ultra Marathon there was an article about his success called 'Richard the Lionheart']. (Athlete, 09 Dec 2010)
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Football. (trackandball.co.uk, 11 Feb 2021)
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Athlete, Motivational Speaker
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Clarendon College, Nottingham, GBR
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Partner Val, daughter Zarah, son Andrew
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English
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Southwell Running Club [Great Britain]
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Keith Antoine [personal], from 2013
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He won four gold medals in Para swimming at the 1991 World Youth Games in Adelaide, SA, Australia. He was part of the Great Britain Para ice hockey team at the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Turin, and has also played Para cricket for England. (SportsDeskOnline, 03 Oct 2019; marathonchamp.com, 24 Apr 2013; bbc.co.uk, 29 Jul 2011)
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2010 for Great Britain, World Cup in Manchester, Great Britain (Athlete, 09 Dec 2010)
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An injury prevented him from competing at the 2015 Marathon World Championships in London, England. (athleticsweekly.com, 24 Apr 2015)
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He first ran competitively in the 2004 New York Marathon in the United States of America. (Athlete, 09 Dec 2010)
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He enjoys the personal challenge of running a marathon. (Athlete, 09 Dec 2010)
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To win a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (worldmarathonmajors.com, 08 Feb 2019)
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He trains at Loughborough University in England. (nottinghampost.com, 31 Dec 2020)
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Canadian runner Terry Fox. (bbc.co.uk, 15 Aug 2013)
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"Defeat always stimulates you to work harder, there are no victories without defeat." (paralympic.org, 22 Dec 2014)
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He was named the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] Athlete of the Month for September 2013 and July 2016. (paralympic.org, 2013, 10 Aug 2016)

He was named Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire [MBE] in 2013. (nottinghampost.com, 08 Jun 2013)

He received the BBC East Midlands Para Sportsman of the Year Award in 2006 and 2009. (douglasbaderfoundation.co.uk, 06 Dec 2009; livefluid.com, 01 Dec 2007)

General Interest

Classification
T61 (IPC, 24 Feb 2021)

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency (Athlete, 09 Dec 2010)

Origin of Impairment
Congenital (Athlete, 09 Dec 2010)

Impairment Details
He was born without legs. (Athlete, 09 Dec 2010)

General
PODCAST
He co-hosts the 'Track and Ball' podcast alongside English footballer Ellen White. The podcast features guests involved in elite sport. "The real reason we're doing this is because we feel that athletes sometimes are portrayed in a manner that is only performance. We want to really show athletes as real-life individuals that have personalities, that have private lives. But also we want to inspire and liberate the nation. Athletes, being successful in their own discipline, they realise that they've got responsibilities to give back to the public. We want the guests to really enjoy the podcast as well so we're doing a lot of research around those kinds of questions that they've never been asked before. I think what you find is, especially with me and Ellen being athletes ourselves, you always get asked the same thing. But those kinds of real questions that maybe you've never been asked before, those self-discovery questions, that are really important. So, for instance, with Rebecca Adlington [British swimmer] we talked a lot about the menstrual cycle and how the time of the month really affected her performance." (nottinghampost.com, 31 Dec 2020)

RUNNING ACROSS COUNTRY
In 2013 he ran 40 marathons in 40 days across Great Britain. He covered 1,572 kilometres in an effort to raise money for charity and increase awareness of Paralympic sport. (insidethegames.biz, 16 Oct 2013)

EMOTIONAL GOLD
He dedicated his gold medal at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London to his friend Simon Mellows, who passed away in 2005. "I run with what inspires me, and I did that for my friend Simon Mellows. Each challenge I am faced with, I know he's there looking down on me and kicking my butt whenever I need it." (guardian.co.uk, 01 Sep 2012)

Legend
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Silver Medal
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Gold Medal Event
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Silver Medal Event
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Bronze Medal Event
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