Weir targets more gold

03 September 2012 / 08:43

David Weir has switched his focus to the pursuit of Paralympic gold medal number two and the further enhancement of his status as the world's best wheelchair racer.

The 33-year-old was propelled down the finishing straight on Sunday night by a roar to rival that which urged Mo Farah to glory in the Olympics Stadium less than a month ago as he took the T54 5,000 metres title. He surged into the lead on the final lap and came home in 11 minutes 07.65 seconds.

But he has little time to enjoy his triumph with the heats of the 1500m following on Monday morning, and the 800m and marathon still to come.

"I've got a tough start, I've got to be out my room by seven in the morning," he said after the race. "I just hope I can get to sleep because it's a tough, tough heat. I'll talk to the doctors and see if they can knock me out a little bit."

Weir's win earned the Twitter praise of no less than Usain Bolt, the six-time Olympic champion describing it as "incredible", while four-time Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins referred to him as a "British superstar".

Weir himself paid tribute to the 80,000 screaming fans who cheered him round the track.

"It's indescribable what it does to you," he said. "It's the best feeling ever, isn't it?"