Fab four for Weir

Britsh wheelchair racing champion completes clean sweep

Last Updated: 09/09/12 4:50pm

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David Weir collected his fourth gold of the London Paralympics with victory in the T54 marathon on The Mall.

Having been part of a six-man group who broke away from the field, the 'Weirwolf' timed his sprint finish to perfection to take the title in one hour 30.20 minutes.

The 33-year-old came into view of the finishing straight in the lead and pulled away from his rivals to complete a glorious end to a spectacular week.

Victory means Weir has completed a clean sweep in his events - he had already won the T54 800, 1500 and 5,000 metres titles in the Olympic Stadium.

Tough

"That was the toughest race I've ever raced in my life."
David Weir Quotes of the week

"It was tough, the first five miles I was absolutely dying to tell the truth," the six-time London Marathon winner said.

"I didn't think I was going to manage to cope, with the heat and everything. I felt flat.

"I had to just dig deep and have another energy shot that I took with me just to get me going. That was meant for about 16 miles, not the first five miles, but I'm glad I took it on board. It just gave me a bit more energy.

"That was the toughest race I've ever raced in my life.

"They were all working together to try and stop me, but I'm used to that. I do my own thing and race as best as I can."

Weir finished a second ahead of silver medallist Marcel Hug with Australian Kurt Fearnley, the defending champion, completing the podium.

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