Weirwolf roars back to gold glory

David Weir enjoyed yet more success on British soil

David Weir enjoyed yet more success on British soil

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Six-time Paralympic champion David Weir postponed retirement to compete at the Commonwealth Games and did not disappoint, winning gold for England in some style.

So long the dominant force in the middle and long distances, the 35-year-old added another title to his collection at Hampden Park on Thursday evening.

Weir romped to T53/54 glory on a wet track, producing a blistering turn of speed in the closing stages to win in three minutes 21.67 seconds - almost one-and-a-half seconds ahead of his nearest rival.

"It's amazing," the man dubbed Weirwolf during London 2012 said. "It is just the best feeling.

"I support the England team, England rugby team and England cricket team. Everyone represents England and I was the only one that hadn't.

"It was just an amazing feeling to put an England vest on and go out there, do the business and come away with a gold medal.

"That is what made me not retire, you know, after London 2012 because it was in the back of my mind.

"If I retired, not raced for England and not tried to win a gold medal in Scotland, it would haunt me for the rest of my life, I think."

Weir was keen not to compare this victory to his four Paralympic golds at London 2012 and was similarly coy when quizzed about retirement.

"I've pretty much done everything in my career now, but that doesn't mean I am going to retire now," he said.

"But, you know, at least I can retire maybe in a few years being able to say I can do everything."

There was more success for England in the women's T54 event as teenager Jade Jones secured a place on the podium.

Despite only being 18, she kept impressively calm in the poor conditions and crossed the line third in four mins 00.19 secs.

"I was nervous but at the same time I kind of relaxed," Jones said. "I knew I had to keep my cool otherwise things could just go wrong. It was an unexpected outcome, for definite.

"I didn't expect to come top three. My aim coming into this was top five, never a medal, so it is so unexpected."

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