Third gold on for ‘Weirwolf’ in London


British wheelchair racer David Weir on Wednesday set the stage for yet another title defence, making the T54 800m final just hours after successfully retaining his 1,500m crown. The 33-year-old Londoner was again challenged by his great rivals Kurt Fearnley of Australia and Switzerland’s Marcel Hug at the Olympic Stadium but saw off the challenge to qualify for Thursday evening’s final. Combative Weir, dubbed the “Weirwolf” by team-mates, was competing just over 12 hours after a partisan 80,000 crowd roared him to victory in the 1,500m final, four years after he won the middle distance double in Beijing. He has also won the 5,000m gold in the British capital and also goes in the men’s marathon around the streets of central London on the last day of athletics competition on Saturday.