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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Paralympic athletes to mark first Olympic Stadium appearance

8th May 2012

The Olympic Stadium will be used by Paralympic athletes for the first time today as part of a special test event at the London 2012 venue.

Olympic gold medal winner David Weir will be just one of the athletes making their first appearance on the special track as part of the Disability Grand Prix, reports the Daily Mail.

Tim Hollingsworth, the chief executive officer of the British Paralympic Association, said: "The test event is a great opportunity for British disabled track and field athletes to get inside the Olympic stadium.

"For many of them it will be their first chance to see the venue they will all want to be inside in just over 100 days' time at the Paralympic Games. It really is fantastic for these athletes to have this experience ahead of the Games and to perform in front of a home crowd."

Around 200 athletes from a number of countries has been invited to take part in the event and it is set to produce some strong performances as many of the competitors will be hoping to put in qualifying times so they can be considered for the nation's Paralympic squads.

David Weir recently won his sixth London marathon title, completing the course in one hour 32 minutes and 23 seconds.  He has a strong Paralympic history and won four medals at the 2008 Games in Beijing after taking part in the 5,000 metre, 1500 metre, 800 metre and 400 metre track events.

The Paralympic Games begin with the opening ceremony on August 29th and close on September 9th and a total of 1,100 athletes will be competing for 170 gold medals during the event. Those with tickets for the Games will need to make sure they have booked their central London hotels as soon as possible to ensure they do not miss out the best deals.

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