David Weir wins gold in 5,000m

Great Britain’s David Weir put in a strong performance to win the gold in the T54 5,000m race at the London Olympic Stadium.

In a tactical race, Weir managed to position himself well so that he could sprint away over the final 100 metres of the event. His main rival Kurt Fearnley of Australia had to settle for the silver medal despite leading from the front for most of the race.

“I was in great form coming in to this, all the other races this year were just preparation for this,” said the London wheelchair athlete.

He added: “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 so it would be very tough.

“But her family and a lot of my friends are here, I saw them on the back straight.”

Weir has won a number of medals in previous Paralympic Games, taking the 100m silver and 200m bronze in Sydney 2004. as well as the 800m and 1500m gold, the 400m silver and 5,000m bronze in the 2012 Beijing Games.

The win also means that the Paralympic GB squad have now won four athletics golds and are placed second in the overall medal table.

Early in the year, Weir succeeded in his bid to win his sixth London Marathon title and equal Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson’s record of most wheelchair London Marathon wins.

For anyone staying in central London hotels next year, there is still the option to take part in the world-famous London Marathon. The 26.2 mile race will take place on April 21st and is one of the city’s most popular fund-raising events.

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