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Richard Whitehead wins world 200m gold in London

Richard Whitehead wins world 200m gold in London

The Paralympic champion retains his T42 200m title and British team-mate Dave Henson claims bronze

Richard Whitehead stormed to success in the T42 200m to defend his title on the second evening of action at the World Para Athletics Championships in London.

The two-time Paralympic champion wasn’t dominant on the bend but in the straight he charged away to an easy victory. He won in a championship record 23.26, 0.69 of a second ahead of South African Ntando Mahlangu’s 23.95.

A fast finish from David Henson also gave Britain the bronze in 24.73.

A delighted Whitehead, who collapsed on the ground on his back after the race, said: “As a British athlete you do feel pressured, but with pressure comes a performance like that and as you come off the bend it just reignites those moments in 2012. When I came off that bend all of a sudden that whirlwind effect is pulling you to the finish line.

“That was a special moment. If you are a British athlete and you are able to do it in your home stadium it’s something special.”

Britain also gained two medals in the T33 100m.

Kuwait’s Ahmad Almutairi was a clear winner in 17.00 but behind him Toby Gold won silver in 17.62 with Andrew Small (17.78) just edging team-mate Daniel Bramall (17.79) for bronze.

There were also world records earlier in the programme.

Petrucio Ferreira Dos Santos of Brazil was a clear winner of the T47 100m and he improved his world record to 10.53.

Muhammad Zolkefli of Malaysia opened the F20 shot with a huge 17.29m world record. Shortly after though it was reported he had lost it as defending champion Todd Hodgetts was credited with a highly unlikely 18.15m.

His previous best was 16.59m. After three rounds the judges realised their mistake and ordered the first round to be rethrown with the exception of Zolkefli’s mark, which had been verified with a steel tape.

Zolkefli did not improve his opening throw but Stalin Mosquera of Ecuador was second with a South American record 16.72m with Hodgetts third with 15.96m.

The T11 5000m was won by Rio Paralympic champion Samwei Kimani in 15:41.54 as he broke clear with a strong mid race burst.

Ugandan David Emong won an exciting three-way battle for gold in the T46 1500m. He unleashed a 41 second last 300m to win in a PB time of 3:58.46 as he edged past Samir Nouioua (3:58.78) and Hristiyan Nouioua (3:58.94) in the straight.

Walid Ktila improved his championship record to 15.00 in the T34 100m.

World record-holder David Brown won the T11 100m in 11.20. The splendidly named Dongdong Di won bronze for China.

They did even better in the T38 long jump as another world record-holder Jianwen Hu won with a leap of 6.80m, just a centimetre ahead of his compatriot Huanghao Zhong’s 6.79m.

Cuban Leinier Savon Pineda won the T12 100m by three metres in a championship best 10.72.

» Full results can be found here, while a day-by-day look at the action in store at London 2017 can be found here

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