Weir to retire after London Anniversary Games

Six-time Paralympic champion will end career at scene of London 2012 triumph. 16 Jun 2017
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David Weir will return to the scene of his triple Paralympic gold triumph at London 2012.

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By British Athletics and IPC

“The chance for me to compete one last time in the London Stadium was something I just couldn’t miss."

David Weir will compete for the final time at the London Stadium next month, the home of his famous ‘triple gold’ triumph at the 2012 Paralympic Games.

The six-time Paralympic champion will take to the track for the last time on 9 July at the London Stadium, where he thrilled British fans and reached the pinnacle of his career.

Weir said: “This Müller Anniversary Games on 9 July will be my last ever track race. It will be a huge celebration of my career on the track in the greatest athletics venue in the world. I’m really excited that British Athletics are giving me this opportunity and hope the British public will come along to celebrate with me and cheer me on for a final time.”

In addition to his six Paralympic gold medals, Weir has won six world titles, seven London Marathons and is the holder of nine British records.

The 800m T54 race at the Anniversary Games, in his home city of London, will be a celebration of his extraordinary track career and allow the British crowd to say thank you and give him the huge send-off he deserves.

Weir said. “The chance for me to compete one last time in the London Stadium was something I just couldn’t miss. It’s such a special place for me and London 2012 was the highlight of my career, so to have one last race and get a big send-off in that stadium at the Müller Anniversary Games will be fantastic.

“When I get out onto the track and hear the crowd for the last time I’m sure the memories of London 2012 will come flooding back and I’m determined to enjoy every last push around that amazing track.”

British Athletics Chief Executive Niels De Vos said: “We are delighted to be giving David the opportunity of a farewell track race at the Müller Anniversary Games in the London Stadium, where he had so much success at London 2012.

“As well as giving one of Britain’s Paralympic legends the chance to say goodbye to his legions of fans, this will be a testimonial race to celebrate David’s remarkable career, and I’m sure it will be a truly memorable spectacle.”