Athletics: David Weir fired up for seventh London Marathon win

Last Updated: 10/02/14 4:08pm

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David Weir: Can he make it seven London Marathon wins?

David Weir: Can he make it seven London Marathon wins?

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David Weir admits his hunger has returned as he plots a record seventh wheelchair title in the Virgin Money London Marathon.

Weir had to settle for fifth place on the streets of England's capital city in 2013 and he also missed the IPC World Championships as he opted for a lighter year in the wake of the Paralympic Games.

The four-time London 2012 gold medallist says he will be 'fired up' as he tries to break out of a tie with Tanni Grey-Thompson, who also won six London races, on April 13.

"I needed to take the pressure off after the intensity of 2012, and I think I made the right choice to have an easier year. I'm not getting any younger."
David Weir

Weir said: "I always have an 'off year' after the Paralympics and last year was no different.

Pressure

"I needed to take the pressure off after the intensity of 2012, and I think I made the right choice to have an easier year. I'm not getting any younger.

"I've got that hunger back now, and I've been training really hard again because I still have the desire to overtake Tanni's record. I promised last year I wouldn't stop until I've done it, and now I'm fired up to win again."

Weir's main threat will most likely come from Swiss star Marcel Hug, who won five world titles in 2013, with defending champion Spencer Fearnley not making the trip to London.

Shelly Woods has been confirmed in the women's field, where America's Tatyana McFadden will defend her title, and Britain's Richard Whitehead will compete in the T42/43 race for leg amputees.

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