Weir claims second gold and looks for more

Wheelchair racer David Weir collected his second gold medal of the Paralympics and remained firmly on track for more glory. Weir, who competes at the highest level in distances that range from sprints to marathons, added the 1500 metre gold to his 5,000 metre title.

The morning after the victory he was lining up again, for the heats of the 800 metres. He won his heat in impressive style, staying well-placed for most of the race before outstripping the field with a devastating sprint round the final bend. He has set himself the task of winning another gold over 800 metres before rounding off the Paralympics with a marathon.

The 1500 metres is his favourite event, the one that inspired him when he first saw it in Barcelona 20 years ago. "I felt so relaxed today," he said after the final. "I thought I went a little bit too early but all the endurance and speed work I have done in the last 12 weeks showed in that finish."

His itinerary requires superhuman powers of recovery. "I am glad I have got two days to rest before that," he said calmly about the prospect of the marathon. "I haven't just come here to win on the track, I have come to win on the road as well."

It will mean a showdown with Australian Kurt Fearnley. Weir has already beaten him in the 1500 and 800 metres but Fearnley is the master of the marathon. The race will be a compelling end to Weir’s gold-tinted London Paralympics.

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