Weir first to break three-minute mile

David Weir

David Weir has won six Paralympic gold medals

Paralympian David Weir has become the first wheelchair racer in the world to complete a mile in under three minutes

Weir, 36, who has won six Paralympic gold medals, recorded a time of two minutes and 57 seconds in London beating his previous best by six seconds.

“I’ve always said I could do it,” said Weir, who has also won six World Championship gold medals in his career.

“I wanted to prove a point I was still up there with the best in the world.”

It was Weir’s fourth consecutive Westminster Mile title, beating South African rival Ernst van Dyk, and comes after six victories at the London Marathon.

He added: “I knew it was possible and training has gone really well. I knew I had to get off to a quick start and that Ernst would chase hard.”

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