Henson in seven heaven after ‘awesome journey’ ends in world final

Dave Henson Picture: Roger Keller
Dave Henson Picture: Roger Keller
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Fareham’s David Henson toasted his ‘awesome journey’ after claiming seventh spot in the final of the T42 200m at the World Athletics Championships in Doha.

Wounded ex-serviceman Henson clocked 27.08 sec with British team-mate Richard Whitehead winning gold in 24.10 – equalling his own world record from heat two yesterday.

Humble Henson paid tribute to both his own journey and winner Whitehead after the race: ‘I was having a lot of fun out there. It’s such a simple pleasure, I can’t help but have a smile on my face.

‘I messed up but good lessons were learnt. It’s an awesome journey I’m chuffed to have done it and got here.

‘I’ve got so much to learn, picking up tit bits of information from coaches and Richard (Whitehead), Dave (Weir) and Aled (Davies), it’s helped me so much this year.

‘This is so different to racing at an open meeting in the UK.

‘Rich is awesome, he’s an awesome competitor, but he’s been doing this for a long time.

‘I’ve got my own journey to go on and he’s a good guy to learn from. I can’t wait for next year.’

Henson lost both of his legs when he stepped on an IED in February 2011 when on patrol in Helmand, Afghanistan.