Weir clinches golden hat-trick

  • Last Updated: September 6 2012, 22:53 BST

David Weir continued his relentless pursuit of quadruple gold in London by making it three out of three with yet another masterful ride.

David Weir: Clinched third gold medal

The wheelchair racer has established himself as the hero of the Olympic Stadium in the same way Mo Farah did at the Olympics, with confident, stylish and tactically-superb racing.

And the 'Weirwolf' was at his imperious best as he devoured a world-class field to deafening roars from the enthralled capacity crown, adding the 800m crown to his 1500m and 5,000m titles.

The 33-year-old, the defending champion, tracked China's Zhang Lixin for the first lap before attacking with 250m to go.

Urged on by the whole stadium, he moved level with Zhang on the home straight before racing past to win in one minute 37.63 seconds.

Weir, who has the marathon left to come on Sunday, now even has his own battle cry thanks to the werewolf howls his team-mates have developed, adapted from the rock song Werewolves Of London by Warren Zevon.

And the 1970s track was played in the stadium ahead of the race.

Victory took his total haul of Paralympic golds to five, having won Great Britain's only two in Beijing four years ago.

"I had to dig deep tonight, it did hurt," said Weir, whose suit came undone on the first lap.

"They're all special. I've defended my title in both the distances I've won and now I've got a gold in the 5,000; I only got bronze in Beijing.

"I've really enjoyed the last six months of training. I've got the hunger back, which I thought I lost last year. I feel like I'm on top of the world at the moment.

"I dreamt about it and wished I'd come away with three gold medals, with maybe another one on the way, but you just dream of things like that. I won't believe it until I'm at home and can relax - then it might sink in a little bit more."

A fourth gold of London 2012 is now the target for Weir.

"The marathon is going to be tough, because you can't train for these emotions, going up and down," he added.

"I've done the mileage to cover all these distances, but you can't match these emotions in training. It's impossible.

"We'll see how it goes on Sunday. I've got two days left. I might train, I might not. I'm seeing my family tomorrow and that will do me good.

"It's 26.2 miles. It's not just two laps or 12 laps of the track.

"We'll see what happens on the day. I'll give it my best shot."