High hopes for David Weir at Rio Paralympics

As it becomes closer to the start of the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro on 7 September, the last preparations will be in place for our team GB athletes.

Amongst these is cyclist David Weir, who will be a serious podium contender in 5 events.

Weir has 6 gold Paralympic medals in total. He won 4 of these at London 2012, becoming champion of the T54 800m, 1500m, 5,000m and the marathon.

Since London, David has struggled with some setbacks, including illness and injury.

This has caused him to sit out of a number of competitions, missing out on the 2013 World Championships, amongst others.

However, earlier this year, he claimed gold in the 5,000m T54 at the IPC Athletics European Championships.

It seems Weir is very much back on form and will be aiming high in Rio.

The 37-year-old has been to 4 Paralympic Games already, but is just as proud to make it to his fifth games this year.

He said, “My first appearance came back in 1996 and the feeling of representing my country is as strong as it was when I put on the British vest in Atlanta”.

TNT Sport

Photo Credit: Tom Page

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