Weir wins in style
Londoner dazzles in front of his home crowd in the Olympic Stadium
Last Updated: 02/09/12 11:23pm
David Weir: celebrating the first of what he hopes will be four gold medals in London
David Weir ended another successful day for Great Britain's athletes at the 2012 Paralympics with gold in the T54 5,000 metres.
The 33-year-old, who won the team's only two golds at the last Games four years ago, confirmed his status as the world's best wheelchair racer in front of an 80,000 crowd at the Olympic Stadium.
The Londoner's success took the hosts' athletics medal haul for the day to two golds and three silvers as they swept past their efforts in Beijing.
Weir, who is going for four golds on home soil, got the first out of the way in style, controlling the race before holding off his rivals down the home straight to win in 11 minutes 07.65 seconds.
Weir said: "I was in great form coming in to this, all the other races this year were just preparation for this.
"I've got friends and family here, loads of support. You dream about things like this, winning on home turf. I'm a London lad, it's just a dream come true.
"Halfway through you've just got to block it out, even at the start. It's quite scary at first when you start warming up on that track.
"My girlfriend had tickets but I told her not to come because she's eight months pregnant. She came on Friday (for the heat) and she said she was very emotional and we've got a one-year-old (son) so it would be very tough.
"But her family and a lot of my friends [are here] - I saw them on the back straight."
His success added to a discus gold for Aled Davies, taking the British total to four, while the silvers came from long jumper Stef Reid and sprinters Libby Clegg and Graeme Ballard.