London 2012

David Weir

David Weir is one of Britain's most well-known Paralympians and he looks set to be a star in the athletic events once again in London.

The class T54 athlete will compete in the 800m, 1500m, 5000m as well as the marathon at the Paralympic Games.

As a youngster, he was encouraged to take part in the London mini-marathon by his friends and family. However, with no racing wheelchair available, Weir competed in a standard day chair and shocked everyone with his natural talent.

Fascinating Facts

  • David would pick curry as his death row meal of choice!
  • He was first given a racing chair aged eight.
  • He was awarded an MBE in January 2009.

He first competed in the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta before going on to take a break from sport.

He then went on to win the 100m silver and 1500m bronze in Athens after realising he missed the sport too much to quit.


In Beijing four years ago, Weir took his Paralympic medal tally to six with gold in the 800m and 1500m, as well as a silver in the 400m and bronze in the 200m.

As London approaches, the athlete currently holds the British record for every distance up to the 5000m and records for the 10k, half and full marathon events.

Having won the London Marathon for a record-equalling sixth time in April 2012, Weir's preparations for the main show in London have been just what was required.

One to definitely keep an eye on when the action starts in the Olympic stadium at the end of August!