Whitehead smashes leg amputee world record in Chicago

Double amputee marathon runner Richard Whitehead set a new world record time for a leg amputee at the 2009 Chicago Marathon (11 October 2009) with a time of 2 hours, 50 minutes and 38 seconds.

Smashing his previous efforts, Whitehead became the first ever leg amputee to break the 3 hour barrier at the Rome Marathon earlier this year, where he ran a time of 2 hours and 56 minutes.

Whitehead was delighted with the result, he said:

“I can’t quite believe it, I have been training extremely well and I felt that I could run a very fast time in Chicago, however I didn’t expect to break my previous record, I am thrilled. Initially I was little concerned about the cold conditions but the quick course and the amazing support from the crowd gave me inspiration.”

On setting a new world record, Whitehead still has some major goals for the future, he continued:

“Running a new world record time is evidence that my training is going well, but also gives me the confidence to push myself harder toward my ultimate goal – competing in the London 2012 Paralympic Marathon. The time I have achieved in Chicago is one step closer to realising this dream.  Once I return to the UK I will sit down with my coach, Liz Yelling and plan the next stage of my training and running development.”
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Notes to the Editor:

Richard runs on carbon fibre Flex-Run™ feet, developed and provided by Ossur, a company that has more than thirty years’ experience in the design and production of high-tech prosthesis and orthopedic devices: www.ossur.com.

Richard’s trip to Chicago was supported by Achilles International.
Achilles mission is to enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics, promote personal achievement, enhance self esteem and lower barriers.

Achilles International kindly support Richard during his road races in the USA.  For more information please visit www.achillestrackclub.org