World Records for Weir - updated
25 May 2006 15:23
Flora London Marathon winner and triple Visa Paralympic World Cup gold medal winner David Weir has broken the world 200m and 400m records at a meet in Ibach.
Weir (Velocity Wheelchair Racers) smashed the previous 400m best held by Ernst Van Dijk since 2001 of 47.05 with 46.89 earlier on Thursday’s Daniela Jutzeler Memorial International Selection Meet, and became the first man in history to dip under the 47- second barrier.
He then followed this up a few hours later with 24.49 over 200m to lower Thai racer Supachai Koysub's 6 year old record of 25.01 set at the Sydney Paralympics.
The 26-year-old Weir (who turns 27 next week), who is part of the World Class Podium programme, had lamented missing the traditionally fast open meet at Jona in Switzerland earlier this month. Yet in Thursday’s races he maintained the type of form that had seen him take three Gold medals at Manchester three weeks ago and break his previous bests in style.
UK Athletics Senior Performance Manager for Disability Martin Colclough said:
“Dave has been in magnificent shape this season and has been going from strength to strength in every event. These records certainly reflects the rich form he has shown in the Flora London Marathon, Visa Paralympic World Cup and last weekend’s Great Manchester Run.
“It’s an appropriate early birthday present for an exceptional athlete who is clearly on top form, and a massive boost to all the other athletes who will be competing alongside him at the IPC World Championships in Holland in September.”
In addition to his double world record, Weir also set a new UK record for the 1500m in 2.58.82 at the meet which saw several strong performances by the GB contingent.
Shelly Woods also had a strong T54 1500m with 3rd place in 3.31.42 and 4th in the 800m, whilst Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson took first in the T53 400m in 59.88 seconds.and first in the 100m in 17.57. There was also an impressive performance by recent World Class Development program addition Anne Wafula Strike, setting personal bests in the 100m and 200m.