Weit ready to give London crowds something to cheer

First published in Sport

David Weir is hoping to give his home crowd something to shout about after being selected for his fourth Paralympic Games.

The Wallington racer, one of the UK’s greatest Paralympians and gold medallist in the T54 800m and 1,500m in Beijing 2008, was confirmed as a member of the 49-strong Paralympics GB team this week, 49 days ahead of the event’s opening ceremony.

“Training has been going well and I’m completely focused on success in London,” said the three-time world champion, who won a record-equalling sixth London Marathon title in the capital in April.

“Last winter was my first solid block of winter training in a couple of years and that, coupled with the great support team I’m working with, has really helped me both physically and mentally.

“I definitely felt the pressure going into Beijing four years ago, but I’ve grown as an athlete since then and I think I proved that to an extent with my gold medals at the world championships in New Zealand last January.

“There’s no doubt that the T54 class is one of the most fiercely competitive and exciting to watch in Paralympic sport, but I have realistic expectations and I hope that I can give the crowd something to shout about in one of the Games’ showpiece events.”

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