03 Sep 2021 | UK
One Family is delighted to announce that world-record-holding Paralympian and One Family ambassador, Richard Whitehead MBE, has won a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
Richard finished with a season best time of 23.99 seconds, narrowly losing out to South Africa's Ntango Mahlangu, who claimed victory with 23.59 seconds. Whitehead and Mahlangu share a long- term friendship and sportsmanship on and off the track with Whitehead commenting: "Mahlangu is such a great guy - he's the face of the games".
In the run up to the race, Whitehead's home town of Lowdham, Nottingham offered great encouragement and support, placing banners and signs next to the golden post box that was gifted to the village after his previous success.
Whitehead's dedication is not exclusive to his successful career; he is equally committed to helping and uplifting local communities. This passion has already seen him complete a heroic 40 marathons in 40 days for charity and, in doing so, became the first double-leg amputee to run the length of the country. Whitehead comments: "Anyone at home that is watching this today: it's not about the race on the track, it is about the human race”.
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