Weir wins 4th gold at London Paralympics
LONDON (AP) — Oscar Pistorius secured his status as the icon of the London Paralympics by winning gold in the final track event in the Olympic Stadium.
As for the star of the games, look no further than British wheelchair racer David Weir.
The man nicknamed the "Weirwolf of London" has become a household name in the host nation by winning the 800 meters, 1,500 meters and 5,000 meters.
And he completed his clean sweep of golds on Sunday, timing his sprint finish to perfection to win the wheelchair marathon in blazing sunshine along the streets of the capital in a time of 1 hour, 30 minutes, 20 seconds.
Thousands of spectators lined the route of the marathon to cheer on the 33-year-old Weir, who was competing in his home city nearly five months after winning the London Marathon for the sixth time.
"It's just amazing; I am lost for words," Weir said. "I knew I had to be in some sort of super-human state to win four gold medals and I've done it."
It was Britain's 34th gold of the games, with the host nation winning 120 medals in total to finish third in the overall table behind China (231 medals, 95 golds) and Russia (102 medals, 36 golds). The United States placed sixth overall, with 98 medals and 31 gold.
Pistorius' resounding victory in the 400 on Saturday earned him a second gold medal of the games, adding to a victory in the 4x100 relay in a week when he surrendered his 100 and 200 titles.
The South African double amputee is the most famous Paralympian, becoming the first athlete to take part in both the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
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