Paralympians enjoy happy anniversary at Olympic Stadium

David Weir raced away to win the T54 mile. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Paralympic fever returned to the Olympic Stadium today as the stars of London 2012 took full advantage of another chance to shine.

Britons Hannah Cockroft and Richard Whitehead were among those claiming repeat victories in front of the home crowd, before David 'Weirwolf' Weir brought the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games to a close with a stunning win in the T54 mile.

Hannah Cockroft (right) celebrates with countrywoman Melissa Nicholls after the T33/34 100m. Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire
David Weir enjoyed the return to the track where he won four gold medals last summer with his young family. Credit: John Walton/PA Wire
Jonnie Peacock was forced into third in a record-breaking T42/44 100m final. Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Jonnie Peacock, though, saw his bid for the T43/44 100m title fall short minutes earlier after world record runs by Brazil's Alan Oliveira and the USA's Richard Browne in the final.

Oliveira's record time of 10.57 seconds will only have enhanced his standing as the world's fastest amputee, as Paralympic sport looks for new heroes following the murder charge brought against South African runner Oscar Pistorius.

Cockroft also enjoyed an outstanding run on the track, comfortably racing to victory in the T33/34 100m.

Alan Oliveira reigns supreme as the world's fastest amputee. Credit: John Walton/PA Wire
Richard Whitehead stormed back to win the T42 200m. Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire

The double Paralympic champion, who added two more golds at the recent IPC World Championships in Lyon, powered away from the field to win in a stadium record 17.80 seconds.

The wheelchair racer, cheered on by another bumper crowd in London, said:

It's amazing to be back in here and to hear that noise again, it's incredible.

Whitehead, meanwhile, overcame a slow start to win the T42 200m in 24.86 seconds to the delight of the British fans who made up the majority of the 60,000 crowd.

British athletes also enjoyed success in the field events as well as on the track.

Dan Greaves, who had to settle for silver at London 2012, went one better this time as he won the F44 discus in 57.42m, moments after Graeme Ballard had won the T36 100m in 12.33secs.

Addressing the crowd, Greaves said: "You guys help me go that extra mile."

Aled Davies, meanwhile, fired his way into the stadium record books with a winning distance of 14.31m in the F42 shot put.

Aled Davies claimed a new stadium record of 14.31m in the F42 shot put to claim gold. Credit: John Walton/PA Wire
Brazil's Terezinha Guilhermina was a colourful winner in the T11 200m. Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire

The Paralympians' return to the Olympic Stadium came after two days of action involving the returning Olympians, including Mo Farah, Usain Bolt and Jessica Ennis-Hill.