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Grace Cullen 19 December 2012
The Weirwolf roars to a third victory
David Weir had already torn up the track twice by the time his 800m final came around, bagging two gold medals and sparking ‘Weirwolf’ fever at London 2012.
It was the eagerly anticipated ‘Thriller Thursday’, with Weir’s T54 800m final sandwiched between the finals of fellow Brits Hannah Cockroft’s T34 200m and Jonnie Peacock’s T44 100m.
Weir lined up against long-time rival Marcel Hug of Switzerland and China’s Beijing double gold medallist Zhang Lixin.
Drawn in lane seven, Weir was not to have everything his own way, but quickly tucked himself in behind early leader Zhang and held his position until the final bend.
With 150m to go, Weir made his move, going wide of Zhang, with Hug chasing him down over his right shoulder. A straight sprint for the finish ensued, with the three men going flat out for the finish line.
In the best shape of his life, and with the crowd on their feet willing him home, Weir proved unstoppable as he powered down the final 50m to victory for his third gold medal of the Games.
With his race suit undone to waist as he crossed the line ahead of his rivals, the Weirwolf raised his arms and roared with delight.
The moment was summed up perfectly by commentator Rob Walker whose voice cracked as he screamed: “We have been graced by greatness tonight!”
David Weir went on to claim an incredible fourth gold medal just three days later in the marathon, confirming his status as the greatest ever male wheelchair racer.