Brit Richard Whitehead who is a marathon man and after being challenged to run 40 marathons in 40 days has been turned to a sprint star ahead of the World Paralympic Athletics to begin tomorrow, Friday, 14th July, 2017 at London.
The 40 year old who can win two gold medals before his 41st birthday has said he wants to inspire other athletes to continue pushing hard like he is doing.
He said; “If I was beaten by a 40-year-old, I’d be pretty embarrassed”. “I want the other athletes to be inspired by my performances. This is who I am. I’m looking forward to seeing the podium again, he continued”.
Whitehead who is a record 200m holder recounted his first race at London 2012 Paralympics when they said he cannot race due to his age. He said; “I remember when I first had the conversation with the British Athletics performance director for the Paralympics, Peter Eriksson, and he said I was too old for athletics,” said Whitehead.
“Look where I am now. It shows anything is possible”, he lamented.
He proved doubters wrong at the London 2012 Paralympics and when asked about it, the 40 year old sprint world-record holder, Paralympic champion and world champion said; “It’s a stadium I’ll always treasure,” he said. “I have so many memories in there”.
“I will always remember that buzz when I came out of the bend in the 200m final. It was like a jet engine pulling me through to the finish line”, he added.