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London Marathon 2018: David Weir wins eighth London Marathon males

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London Marathon 2018: David Weir wins eighth London Marathon males

David Weir wins eighth London Marathon title

Britain’s David Weir received his eighth London Marathon males’s wheelchair title in an exhilarating dash end.

The six-time Paralympic gold medallist received in a single hour 31 minutes 15 seconds with Switzerland’s Marcel Hug second and American Daniel Romanchuk third.

Weir already held the report for many London Marathon wheelchair titles after successful for a seventh time in 2017.

Australian Madison de Rozario received a shock first title within the girls’s wheelchair race.

The win for De Rozario got here after she received the T54 Commonwealth Video games title on the Gold Coast final Sunday.

Weir was competing in his 19th London Marathon and has received two extra titles than former report holder Baroness Tanni Gray-Thompson, who gained six titles within the girls’s race.

Weir retired from monitor racing final 12 months – after falling out with British Athletics after Rio 2016 – however nonetheless competes on the street.

He was a part of the main group for the entire 26.2-mile race earlier than sprinting away from two-time champion Hug and Romanchuk on The Mall for victory.

“After Rio, I believe final 12 months was a extremely bizarre 12 months for me, each mentally and bodily,” he mentioned.

“I did not actually have a good time the seventh win in London, however having that point away and desirous about what I wish to do, it helped me fall again in love with the game once more. Coming again this 12 months has been good and I really feel sturdy.

“I really feel refreshed and motivated to do the remainder of the marathons now. My coaching over the winter is rather a lot higher and services indoors are all arrange, which has helped me maintain my weight down as effectively.

“My pace is getting higher and I am nonetheless progressing.”

‘He smashed over the road, he was going so quick’ – evaluation

Baroness Tanni Gray-Thompson, 11-time Paralympic champion:

That dash end by David Weir was so completely timed.

As they got here around the bend, it did not seem like he would have that kick, however as he noticed the end line he had that last burst.

He was going so quick on the finish they did not even handle to let go of the tape, his helmet smashed by it.

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