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Britain's Richard Whitehead has lost his case in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to run in the marathon T46 event at the London 2012 Paralympic Games but admitted that he has not yet given up on his dream of competing in it.

The 34-year-old double leg amputee from Nottingham is a T42 runner that competes with prosthetic legs but, as there is no marathon event in his class, he was hoping to compete in the marathon T46 race against athletes that have a single above or below elbow amputation or impairment.

The marathon specialist caused a shock when became world champion in the 200 metres T42 race at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Paralympic Athletics Championships in Christchurch last month in a championship record of 25.88sec.

He admitted some of the shine was taken off his gold medal when he was told just three days before the marathon T46 event in Christchurch that he would not be able to compete in it.

While disappointed, Whitehead was not distraught until he suffered a further blow when the CAS backed the IPC's decision meaning that he will not be able to fulfil his dream of competing in the marathon in front of a home crowd at London 2012.

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