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Paralympics end on a high as Weir wins fourth gold

David Weir celebrates his gold medal with his son Mason. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

ParalympicsGB star David Weir stormed to victory in the T54 marathon today, winning his fourth gold medal at the London Games as Shelly Woods took the silver in the women's race.

Weir, dubbed the "Weirwolf", told Channel 4 it was "a dream come true" after timing his sprint finish on The Mall to perfection to take the title in 1hr 30mins 20secs.

David Weir crosses the line winning gold in the Men's Marathon T54. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Obviously I dreamt about winning all my races but it was going to be a tough order. I really had to dig deep.

I did have lots of dreams of winning four gold medals but I think everybody has those dreams. I knew I was capable of doing it.

The reason I say I only want one gold is because I don't want to put myself under pressure. I want to go into every race not feeling pressured.

To tell you the truth, every race I did in that stadium I didn't feel under pressure because the crowd was behind you if you won, lost or anything.

– David Weir speaking to Channel 4

With just three miles to go, Weir was trailing in second position behind Switzerland's Marcel Hug in a leading pack of three, which included the Australian defending champion Kurt Fearnley.

Friends and family of David Weir cheering him on Credit: Paul Brand/ITV News

But as the crowd cheered him on, 33-year-old Weir came into view of the finishing straight in the lead and pulled away from his rivals to complete a glorious end to a spectacular week.

Stars of TeamGB and ParalympicsGB took to Twitter after the race to congratulate Weir:

The British wheelchair racing champion's triumph gives him a clean sweep of four gold medals at London 2012.

He has already won the T54 800m, 1500m and 5,000m titles.

Shelly Woods competing in the T54 Women's 1500m Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Shelly Woods described her silver medal in the T54 marathon today as "just amazing."

She crossed the line just one second behind the winner, American Shirley Reilly, who finished in 1hr 46mins 33secs.

Woods told Channel 4 after the race:

That was the hardest marathon I've pushed in my life. To sprint after 26 miles, it hurts.

I tried to break earlier, but it wasn't working for me and I didn't feel strong enough, so after that I decided to sit back and wait.

But I wanted it so bad, I've trained four years for this and to get a medal - I was fourth in Beijing - is just amazing.

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