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Richard Whitehead honoured for services to athletics

Marathon runner turned sprinter Richard Whitehead will receive honours from at Buckingham Palace today for his services to athletics.

Gold medal winner Richard Whitehead Credit: David Davies/PA Archive

Unable to compete in the London 2012 Olympics as there was no category for leg amputees, Whitehead turned to sprinting to compete in the Paralympics.

The athlete won a gold medal in the 200m with a world record time of 24.38 seconds.

Read: Richard Whitehead wins gold for Great Britain in world record time

Crowds gather at Tower Bridge for London Marathon

Great Britain's paralympic gold medalist Richard Whitehead crosses Tower Bridge, supported by cheering spectators. Credit: Liam Pickles
The lead elite athlete group cross Tower Bridge. Credit: Liam Pickles
Elite men runners cross Tower Bridge as part of the 2013 London Marathon. Credit: Hayley Harvey
A Brazilian athlete crosses Tower Bridge as part of the London Marathon course. Credit: Hayley Harvey


Paralympians express their shock at Pistorius' arrest

The news of South African sports star Oscar Pistorius' arrest on suspicion of murder has shocked many fellow Paralympians.

London 2012 Paralympic 200m champion Richard Whitehead tweeted:


Shocking news this morning regards my buddy Oscar P what a tragedy!!! Unbelievable I'm speechless #oscar

Wheelchair racer Shelly Woods, silver medallist in the London 2012:


Woke up to shocking news about Oscar Pistorius, very very sad....

US Paralympic sprinter and 14-time world record holder, April Holmes, tweeted:


Praying for the family of @reevasteenkamp and @oscarpistorius right now! Sad situation. Prayers all around!

Closing ceremony all the rage for athletes


I'm thinking I should be on coldplays next video!!!as Chris Martin lol lets start trending!!lol #closingceremony @robwoodhouseesp @coldplay

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