Blogs (Paralympics)

Richard Whitehead: Forget Oscar Pistorius - I'm the fastest man on no legs

By Tom Degun

"Cometh the hour, cometh the man". These are the six words double amputee marathon runner Richard Whitehead has tattooed on his right arm and if one were to try and describe the inspirational athlete from Nottinghamshire in just one sentence, this phrase perhaps provides an accurate summary of a truly remarkable character.

On July 19, 1976, Whitehead was born without lower legs but this is a fact that has never seemed to stop him achieving almost anything he has put his mind to.

Kurt Fearnley sets sights on London 2012 after conquering hardest challenge

By Mike Rowbottom

Calling all Paralympians preparing for the wheelchair marathon at the London 2012 Games. It's bad news, I'm afraid. Kurt Fearnley (pictured) has set his sights on a third successive gold.

In the space of the last decade, this 28-year-old resident of Carcoar, New South Wales has established himself as the undisputed master of his event as he has won Olympic titles in Athens and Beijing, five world titles and a host of big city races, including London.

Dame Kelly Holmes on her new battle for acceptance

By Mike Rowbottom in London



By the time Kelly Holmes had been six months retired, and her daily elation at not having to go through the rigour of training had abated, she found herself asking a question: "Who am I now?"


Four years on, it's a question she is still in the process of answering, one that seems constantly to be throwing up further questions as she splits her energies across a range of commitments that include television appearances, speaking engagements, presidency of Commonwealth Games England, and her ongoing project On Camp With Kelly, which is is backed by Aviva and which has now supported more than 60 promising British male and female middle distance athletes.


Chernyshenko confident he can can deliver Vladimir Putin's dream

By Duncan Mackay in Sochi


Sochi is the Russian Riviera, the brochures claim. Sand and pebble beaches stretch nearly 20 miles along the Black Sea coast where you can swim in the sea from April through until October, and ski on the nearby slopes from October into May. The semi-tropical weather allows for a lush terrain found nowhere else in Russia.


Once a sleepy Soviet-era ski resort in the Caucasus mountains, near Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's summer residence, it is now undergoing probably the biggest change that a Russian city has ever seen in peace-time. Everywhere you look there are cranes, diggers and thousands of workmen scurrying around as the pace of the largest and most expensive construction project in Russia's modern history begins to pick-up.

Rio Mayor ready to repay the world's faith

By Duncan Mackay in Copenhagen

Eduardo Paes is a youthful looking 39. He will be hoping that the next few years will not age him too fast. Paes is the elected Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, a prominent figure in the Brazilian city’s successful campaign to host the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics.

The hangovers of the Cariocas - as local residents are known - from the massive party held on Copacabana Beach to celebrate Rio’s choice as host ahead of Chicago, Madrid and Tokyo last weekend are beginning to clear and now the real work must begin. 

On the eve of the decision to pick the 2016 Olympic Host City Dame Kelly Holmes recalls what it was like when London was chosen

By Mike Rowbottom in Copenhagen

As far as the cities bidding to host the 2016 Olympics are concerned, waiting for tomorrow's decision here must feel a bit like waiting for Christmas Day - but a Christmas Day where Santa, in the form of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), will deliver a gift to just one of the Olympic family. 

For the others, it will be a case of empty pillowslips and abundant regret. Four years on, supporters of the London 2012 campaign are re-living the feelings of anxiety, doubt and hope they were experiencing on the eve of the last Games announcement which ended up bringing the Olympics back to England's capital for the first time since 1948.