I felt incredibly proud and honoured to witness David Weir become the most successful wheelchair racer in the London Marathon’s history, when he won an unprecedented fifth title in the Virgin London Wheelchair Marathon.
It was an extremely tactical race with David showing complete control right to the finish, beating world record-holder, and long-term rival (and friend) Heinz Frei in a sprint finish.
For those of you less familiar with David’s wheelchair racing achievements, here is a brief update (this exact was taken from The Guardian) . . .
In recent marathons, including New York, which Weir won in November, he has made a case for being the world’s leading wheelchair racer.
That argument is strengthened by his status as double Paralympic champion on the track, over 800 and 1500 metres. Weir also won three gold medals on the track at the IPC World Championships in Christchurch in January, yet opted out of the marathon there after roads were left open for the event.
His victory yesterday was all the sweeter because he lost a four-minute lead last year through suffering two punctures.
“That was probably one of the toughest marathons I have ever done,” he said. “I knew Heinz Frei was going to surge. The last couple of miles were really tough. But it was brilliant to win.”
In an exclusive interview on Maximise Potential, David highlights that his goal for London 2012 is to “win one Gold Medal at my Home games.”
Best of luck David; all of us at Maximise Potential wish you all the best for the rest of this season and towards London 2012.
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- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Great Britain’s Most Successful Wheelchair Racer (Max#19)
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