David Weir forced to miss European event in Wales

Six-times Paralympic champion David Weir has pulled out of this week’s IPC Athletics European Championships.

David Weir celebrates his gold in the mens 5,000m  T54 in the London 2012 Paralympics. Picture: Getty

Weir was due to compete in four races in Swansea against his great Swiss rival Marcel Hug but has been forced to withdraw with tendonitis in his arm.

The 35-year-old won four Paralympic gold medals at London 2012 in T54 events at 800 metres, 1,500m, 5,000m and the marathon following two golds at Beijing four years earlier.

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Weir took a break from competition last year and missed the World Championships in Lyon but won Commonwealth Games gold in the Para-sport T54 over 1,500 metres in Glasgow last month.

Nearly 40 countries and over 550 athletes will be competing in the Swansea event from today until Saturday, with many of the British team fresh from the Commonwealth Games.

English discus thrower Dan Greaves insists there will be no let-up after his Glasgow gold.

Greaves hit the headlines when he won England’s first track and field gold at the Commonwealth Games in the men’s Para-sport F42/44 discus competition at Hampden Park.

The Leicestershire athlete’s throw of 59.21m pushed Welshman Aled Davies into second place and now he is aiming for European gold at the championships in Swansea.

“The fact that the Commonwealth Games were only a few weeks ago means I’m still in great shape,” Greaves said.

“It’s not as if the Europeans have come later in the year and you have to double peak.

“It was fantastic to compete at a multi-sport championship and to win the first gold medal 
for England was a great feeling.”

Greaves, 31, won Paralympic discus gold at Athens in 2004 and also picked up silvers in 2000 and 2012 and a bronze in Beijing in 2008. But Greaves 
admitted: “Glasgow was one of my most special medals.

“The Paralympics is the top of the tree for us athletes but it was fantastic to compete in the Commonwealth Games, especially as it was held in Britain. I’ve got a picture of the medal on my phone and when I see it between training sessions it gives me a constant reminder of the motivation I need to succeed.”