British Athletics are pleased to confirm David Weir (club: Weir Archer Academy, coach: Jenny Archer) has announced his ambition to make the British team for the Paralympic Games in 2020.
Weir who has won the last two London Marathons, taking his tally to a record eight titles, continued to compete in road racing after 2016, where his exploits in recent months have been unrivalled, with victory at the Great North Run on Sunday his latest triumph.
He has competed for the British team at five Paralympic Games, firstly as a 17-year-old at the Atlanta Games in 1996. The six-time Paralympic gold medallist is one of the most decorated British athletes in history, notably following his four-gold medal haul at the memorable 2012 Games in London. He will seek a sixth Games in Japan in just under two years’ time.
Weir – also a world, European and Commonwealth champion during his career – said upon the announcement:
“Athletics and representing the British team has always been, and will always be a passion in my life, and I’m excited to announce that I’m attempting to qualify for the British team in the marathon for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. People know that the last Paralympic Games didn’t go my way, but I’ve discovered a new desire, and a new passion for racing this year. I’m going faster than ever before and am excited by what the future holds for me on the road.”
The Para Athletics Head Coach at British Athletics, Paula Dunn, commented:
“I am very pleased that Dave has made the decision to target the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. We are 100% committed to working with Dave and supporting his aspiration to reach a sixth Games. He is a legend of the sport and the accolades he has achieved speak for themselves. He will continue to be an inspiration to the rest of the team moving through to Tokyo.”