Wallington's David Weir takes third gold medal of the paralympics
The Weirwolf completed a remarkable track hat-trick of gold medals in front of a packed Olympic stadium last night.
David Weir cruised to victory in the T54 800m to claim gold medal number three in less than a week.
The incredible athlete showed just why he is king of the Olympic stadium after a nail biting final lap in front of his adoring home crowd.
Weir had already performed heroics in the Olympic Stadium, winning gold in the T54 5000m on Sunday 2 September and following that up with the defence of his Beijing 1500m title on Tuesday.
He won his third gold in resounding style, although he was made to work hard over two laps – a comparative sprint for the Wallington wheelchair racer.
After staying out of trouble for the opening 600m, he made his attack with 200m to go, but China’s Zhang Lixin stuck with him.
Lixin refused to yield and the two raced side by side, but as the Weirwolf came alongside the London 2012 hoardings down the home straight, Weir took over.
He crossed the line in one minute 37.63 seconds with the Chinese athlete second, only to be disqualified later.
"That was hard work tonight," said Weir. "I just had to dig deep. It was a strong field and you can’t underestimate anyone. I knew the Chinese guy had the best top speed of anyone tonight, so I knew if he was going to go out quickly I had to match is speed.
"This one was for the kids," he added. "I’m tired now and I need to recover."
Weir said last night he was going to see his family today and rest up before his quest for his fourth gold of the games in the marathon on the streets of London on Sunday.