PARALYMPICS LONDON 2012: Weir on a roll with brilliant second gold - and he warns he's not tired yet
THERE are plenty of similarities between David Weir and Mo Farah. Both have made the track at the Olympic Stadium their own with double gold, both achieved their success with heavily pregnant partners in the stands and both credit a mile-munching training schedule with laying the foundations for their triumphs.
SUCCESS: David Weir wins his second Paralympic gold medal at London 2012 with victory in the 1500m at the Olympic Stadium
Weir added the 1500m Paralympic title to his 5000m gold and still has the 800m and marathon to come - and he insists he's not feeling tired yet.
Tactically he got it spot on again, stalking his rivals and then putting in a devastating turn of acceleration to leave those behind floundering.
It was like Farah all over again and the roar was just as loud.
"My aim was to get off to a winning start. That's why I've covered so many miles. I felt really relaxed and I had loads more in me," said Weir, who credits his training with professional cyclists for taking him 'another level'.
"I'm very proud. I'm shocked really because the field in the 1500m this year has been so strong and I've only won a couple of races, so coming into this race I was probably the fourth fastest on paper. But the training I've done, I knew I had lots of top speed, so I wasn't so nervous.
"I've trained to win every gold. I can't be complacent as I've still got races to go.
“The marathon is very important to me, I really want to do well because it will stay in people's minds because it's the last race of the whole Games.”
Great Britain's David Devine rewrote his personal best, smashed the European record and claimed Paralympic 1500m bronze in the race of a lifetime.
The Liverpool Harrier showed no signs of nerves in front of a capacity Olympic Stadium crowd, also getting his tactics spot on in cagey race dominated by two experienced athletes from Africa.
Kenya's David Korrir controlled the early pace before fading to silver behind Tunisia's Abderrahim Zhiou, while Devine sprinted clear of Morocco's Tarik Zalzouli to claim the final spot on the podium in 3:49.79.
It capped a remarkable turnaround for the 20-year old athlete, who edged into the final as one of the slowest qualifiers after a sluggish and nervous run in his first race.
"I knew what shape I was in but to get a medal after how bad my heat went is just incredible," said Devine.
"My confidence took a real battering in the heat but I was determined not to let my moment slip away from me and I'm delighted with bronze at my first Paralympics.
"It means so much to put it together when it matters. I ran 3:50 a few months ago and then got food poisoning, which really set me back. But I was refreshed by the break and I think it's actually quite good thing."
Paul Blake admitted he was speechless after winning silver in the men's T36 400m, finishing just behind Russia's Evgenii Shvetcov.
"I saw him kick again and I tried to go with him but he's so strong, he out-kicked me. He was the better man on the day. I'm happy with the silver medal," he said.
"The crowd were amazing, it's like having an extra pair of legs. It's just uplifting. The roar is just massive. I was trying not to get too excited and concentrate on my next race in the 800m."
Elsewhere, Britain's sprint relay quartet of Jenny McLoughlin, Olivia Breen, Katrina Hart and Bethany Woodward won bronze, although a late changeover error cost their chance of finishing higher up the podium.
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