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Paralympic champion Richard Whitehead dedicates victory

Richard Whitehead decicated his victory to a fellow disabled sportsman who died from cancer. Photo: PA

Paralympic champion Richard Whitehead has dedicated his victory in the 200 metres to a fellow disabled sportsman who died from cancer.

The sprinter from Nottinghamshire says he was inspired by his friend Simon Mellows, who continued playing cricket after losing a leg.

Today the Royal Mail celebrated Richard's win by painting a postbox gold in his home village.

Richard Whitehead's mother arrived back in Nottinghamshire today, just 24-hours after watching him sprint to Paralympic glory.

Richard raced to gold in the 200 metres in world record time, he dedicated his win to his friend Simon Mellows from Woodborough who died from a rare cancer called sarcoma.

Simon who was a talented cricketer, had his leg amputated because of his illness.

He was the one who inspired Richard to take up running and Simon's family were in the stadium to cheer Richard home.

In Richard's home village of Lowdham, they have been helping the Royal Mail re-paint the postbox. Nick Colquitt played football with him as a teenager.

The question now is how many more postboxes in this village will be turning gold?

Richard Whitehead still has the 400m and 4 x 100m to run, the good news is that there is still plenty of paint in the pot.

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