Paralympic Champion Weir confirmed in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park extravaganza
26 June 2013
Six time Paralympic gold medallist, David Weir today announced that he will race at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games in the Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Sunday 28 July.
Weir, who won four gold medals at the London 2012 Paralympic Games in the 800m, 1500m, 5000m and the marathon, confirmed he will compete in the T53/54 1500m at a one mile exhibition race in the Sainsbury’s International Para Challenge at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games.
He said: “I have incredible memories of the Games last year and when I was offered the chance to compete in the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games, I didn’t hesitate to accept.
“The noise from the British public was incredible and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate one year on than in front of another capacity crowd. The track is really quick in the Stadium and we saw lots of records fall last year at the Games, so I think the British fans could be in for a real treat.”
Weir also believes that the biggest legacy from the London 2012 Games remains the impact on the Paralympic movement.
He said: “The impact that London 2012 had on the Paralympic movement was huge and I don’t think anyone really expected it. It was the first time that a stadium had ever sold out for a Paralympic Games and to have a capacity crowd for every session, across the whole event, was amazing.
“But the biggest challenge post London 2012 was keeping that momentum going by creating more world-class events in front of a sold-out crowd and ensuring that there is a real legacy in place to develop Paralympic sport.
“For Britain to host the first ever Sainsbury’s IPC Athletics Grand Prix Final and to sell out the Stadium for the third day of the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games, shows that the Paralympic legacy is real and very much alive.”
The Sainsbury's Anniversary Games will span three days of athletics, with IAAF Diamond League action on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, featuring the return of many Olympic champions, and a third day of action on the Sunday dedicated to showcasing the Paralympic champions of 2012.
Tickets sold out for the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games in 75 minutes, but you can still enter our prize draw to win a pair of tickets to the Olympic Stadium on 27 July to see the Saturday’s action.
All you have to do to be entered into the prize draw is be a Run England member, over the age of 16, and fill in our short questionnaire. But hurry, as the competition closes at the end of this week!
Last month Weir announced that he will compete in the 1500m at the Sainsbury’s IPC Athletics Grand Prix Final in Birmingham this weekend. For tickets and further information about the Sainsbury’s IPC Athletics Grand Prix Final at the Sainsbury’s Grand Prix – Birmingham, visit http://www.britishathletics.org.uk/british-athletics-series/home/.
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