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Weir qualifies for final

Wheelchair racing athlete keeps alive second medal hope

Last Updated: 03/09/12 12:07pm

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David Weir: Finished third in his heat to qualify for the final of the 1500 metres

David Weir: Finished third in his heat to qualify for the final of the 1500 metres

David Weir kept alive his chances of a second gold medal of the London Paralympics by safely qualifying for the final of the 1500 metres.

The 33-year-old, who claimed a brilliant T54 5,000m victory on Sunday night, did what was required as he secured third place in his heat with a time of three minutes 11.35 seconds to progress.

Swiss world record holder Marcel Hug won the heat in 3mins 11.17secs, with Thailand's Prawat Wahoram finishing strongly to claim second.

Weir did not believe a lack of sleep hindered his performance, stating he felt fine during the race.

"I had bags of speed in my arms, that just shows you how fit I am. A lot of it's adrenaline as well from last night."
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"I feel quite fresh actually, which is surprising," commented Weir. "When they upped the pace I didn't feel like I was struggling at all.

"Maybe I should have come round Marcel, but I didn't realise Prawat was coming up so quickly.

"I had bags of speed in my arms, that just shows you how fit I am. A lot of it's adrenaline as well from last night."

Micky Bushell, the Beijing silver medallist, cruised into the final of the T53 100m, winning his heat with plenty to spare in 14.86s.

The 21-year-old, who was born with seven vertebrae missing from the lower part of the back, goes for gold on Monday night.

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