Weir sets course for Commonwealth gold

Crowning glory: David Weir is after the one medal missing from his collection in Glasgow

Crowning glory: David Weir is after the one medal missing from his collection in Glasgow

First published in Sport

Six-time Paralympic champion David Weir is on course for Commonwealth Games glory should the speed of his outing at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix be replicated on his return to Scotland later this month, writes Joshua Richards.

Weir, who finished second at this year’s London Marathon, stormed to victory almost a second clear of the rest of the T54 1,500m field, clocking a time of three minutes 8.78 seconds – more than three seconds faster than the time produced to win gold in the event at London 2012.

And without having the distraction of a gruelling marathon to close out the Commonwealth Games, the Wallington-born ‘Weirwolf’ is now targeting the only major medal missing from his bulging trophy cabinet.

“There were a few faster guys in this race just to push me and I feel like I’m in great shape,” said the 35-year-old, who trains at Kingsmeadow stadium and in Richmond Park.

“I doubt whether we’ll go faster than 3.08 at the Commonwealth Games.

“It wasn’t slow and tactical like the Paralympic final.

“My times in training have been very good. The sports scientists are saying I’m in good shape.

“Because I can specifically train for the track, I feel like I am quicker than I was in 2012 where I had the marathon at the end and was worrying about the distance stuff as well.

“It was just nice to get out there and race. We’ve had amazing support since 2012 and I’m loving every minute.”

l Sainsbury’s is proud to support British Athletics through the Summer Series events and is committed to helping young people lead healthier, more active lifestyles. For more visit sainsburys.co.uk/legacy

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