Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

My Chair Is like an F1 Car ... Now It's Purring, I'm Geared Up for Glory; Paralympian Athlete David Weir Is Looking for More Capital Gains as He Continues Our Weekly Diary in the Countdown to the Games

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

My Chair Is like an F1 Car ... Now It's Purring, I'm Geared Up for Glory; Paralympian Athlete David Weir Is Looking for More Capital Gains as He Continues Our Weekly Diary in the Countdown to the Games

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Byline: David Weir

2012 STANDARD BEARERS

I CAN'T say I like all my tattoos but there's one across my chest that's a Japanese symbol meaning 'to win', which pretty much sums me up as an athlete.

Every race I enter, I aim to win. I used to hate missing a single race as I was genuinely scared that someone would break a world record and I wouldn't be there to go for it.

I'm better now -- that's more under control -- but I've definitely got a strong competitive edge. It might be in the genes -- my dad was a champion miler in the Army while my brothers were both tidy boxers and, had they had the right people behind them, they could have really made it.

If I'd been able bodied, I probably would have got into boxing or maybe football but I love my athletics.

The next big win target is the London Marathon on 25 April although I'm also looking forward to leading the British team in Manchester at the Paralympic World Cup in May.

I'm going for my fifth victory in London and I feel in the sort of shape to do it, which I didn't last year.

Racing in my home town is fantastic -- it really is the greatest marathon in the world. Last year, I only finished second but it was probably one of my best-ever performances. I wasn't all that fit on the line so to pull second out of the bag was pretty pleasing. Also, there was the publicity.

After the Beijing Paralympics and the medals I'd won there, a lot of people recognised me. I saw a massive banner with the words 'Come on David Weir' on it and I'd never had anything like that before. The noise was just incredible for us wheelchair athletes. Obviously I didn't have time to sit up and give them a wave but it was an amazing experience!

I feel the best prepared I've been for a London Marathon for a while now and I'm going into it believing I can win but the world's greatest marathon competitors will also be in the field. …

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