Richard Whitehead did not disappoint at his first Paralympic Games, competing in the T42 200m, as he powered to victory to claim gold and broke the world record.
Watch the race unfold here: Richard Whitehead Claims Gold
Whitehead, 36, was trailing coming off the bend in his first Paralympic Games final, but produced an astonishing last 80m to run down Shaquille Vance of USA and Germany’s Heinrich Popow before crossing the line with his arms in the air.
His time of 24.38 seconds took more than half a second off his own benchmark of 24.93 set in the Netherlands in June. He became Britain’s second Athletics gold medallist of the Games following Hannah Cockroft’s T34 100m gold.
Whitehead, from Nottingham dedicated his gold to everyone who has supported him and to a friend who passed away recently.
“That wasn’t for me, that wasn’t for Richard Whitehead, it was for everyone who has supported me,” he said. “I was fighting back tears towards the end and I had to take a couple of minutes to pull myself together; that was a performance for everyone.