Marathon runner turned sprinter Richard Whitehead will receive honours from at Buckingham Palace today for his services to athletics.
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.
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:
Motorcycle in the air. Insane.
Richard Whitehead bids to compete a sprint double by winning the T42 100m as swimmer Jim Anderson competes in the in the 50m freestyle.Read the full story ›