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Paralympic champion places 5th in London Marathon

24 May 2019

David Weir has completed his 20th consecutive London marathon and placed 5th in the race.

In 2017, the six-time Paralympic winner said he would never wear the GB vest again and that the Rio 2016 Paralympics was one Games too far.

However, he took part in the World Para Athletics Marathon Championships, as part of the London marathon event, and now has the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in his sights.

He said:

"I feel honoured,"

"I feel privileged that they have accepted my comeback, I suppose. It was nice to get the kit this week, and I'm proud to be wearing the vest on Sunday."

David has participated in every London Marathon since the year 2000 and had been racing in the mini marathon for many years before that. The eight-time elite wheelchair race winner continued:

"It always feels special every year, but this year, because it's my 20th, it's even more so,"

"It's where I started. The mini-marathons were the races that got me into the sport so I can't forget them.

"Winning that many times in a race that I watched in the 1980s, dreaming to even take part in it – to do it 20 years in a row and win eight of them, it's very special."

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