Weir claims second gold

04 September 2012 / 22:13

David Weir brought the house down by completing part two of a possible Paralympic quadruple with another glorious gold at the Olympic Stadium.

The wheelchair racer could not have got his tactics more right as he showed no signs of tiredness from his 5,000 metres triumph two days earlier to successfully defend his T54 1500m title.

The 33-year-old was content to tuck in just off the lead for most of the race before hitting the front with around 300m to go and then holding off his rivals down the home straight to deafening cheers.

He crossed the line in three minutes 12.09 seconds, producing a 44.84-second last lap to finish 0.23secs ahead of Thailand's Prawat Wahoram.

Weir's success made it six gold medals for Great Britain's athletes on just the fifth day of competition.

Weir told Channel 4: "I'm very proud. A shock really because the field in the 1500 this year's been so strong and I've only won a couple of races so coming in this race I was probably only fourth fastest on paper.

"But the training I'd done I knew I had lots of top speed and on the warm-up track was I even quicker on the top speed which was probably because I wasn't so nervous tonight.

"The plan was - by me and Jenny (Archer, coach) - was to hopefully win on the first night and I did, so you get more relaxed. Once you've got one under your belt you start to relax and do your talking on the track really."

Weir has been training with pro cyclists at Richmond Park and he said: "The guys have been a massive help. They have taken me up to another level I didn't think I had.

"Jenny put the (training) plan together. She said we were going to start on the road because I can get more intensity on the road and it's paying off because my speed is far better than everyone else's."