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Grace Cullen 07 November 2012
Richard Whitehead powers to victory
The only competitor to begin the race from a standing position, Richard Whitehead looked out of contention at the bend of the T42 200m final. Trailing his competitors with 100m to go, it seemed Whitehead was not destined for the podium at London 2012.
What happened next was one of the most remarkable comebacks witnessed in the Olympic Stadium. Marathon world record holder Whitehead found his rhythm, hit his stride and simply blew the field apart. Powered by his incredible upper body strength, the double above-the-leg amputee delighted the watching world by storming to the finish line in world record pace, leaving his nearest rival over a second behind him.
Crossing the line Whitehead flashed his trademark ‘muscle man’ celebration, fists clenched and biceps bulging, an image that has since come to define him. A triumphant lap of honour followed, allowing the crowd to savour the moment just a little longer and show their appreciation for one of the heroes of the Games.