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Marcel Hug denies David Weir to win wheelchair race

Switzerland's Marcel Hug won this year's London Marathon wheelchair race Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Switzerland's Marcel Hug has denied David Weir a record seventh London Marathon victory as he took first place in this year's wheelchair race.

Olympic gold medallist Weir finished a close second.

David Weir 'overlooked for home with downstairs loo'

Six-time Paralympian gold medalist David Weir is stuck in a home with no downstairs loo, forcing him to climb the stairs using his arms, his family say.

Weir, who won four gold medals at the London Paralympics, has been asking his housing association in London for a more suitable home, but believes he has been overlooked over fears of “favouritism”.

David Weir celebrates with his children Ronie, Tillia Grace and Mason at the Olympic Stadium in London Credit: John Walton/PA Wire

His fiancée Emily Thorne told The Sun (£): “We are not asking for a mansion, we just want somewhere with three bedrooms and a downstairs toilet."

Weir cannot get a mortgage because his sponsorship deals and appearance fees are not regarded as reliable sources of income.

David Weir with his gold medal after winning the Men's 5000m - T54 at the Olympic Stadium, London Credit: John Walton/PA Wire

Roundshaw Homes, which allocated council homes at his south London estate, said it could not comment on individual cases.


Jonnie Peacock joins calls for David Weir knighthood

Paralympic sprinter Jonnie Peacock has joined calls by Sam Ruddock that six-time Paralympic gold medallist David Weir should have received a knighthood rather than an CBE on this year's honours list.

Paralympian says David Weir should have been knighted

Paralympic sprinter Sam Ruddock suggested six-time Paralympic gold medallist David Weir should have received a knighthood rather than an CBE on this year's honours list.

He wrote on Twitter:


Homecoming for Ireland's double gold winning Paralympians

Double Gold medal winners Michael McKillop and Jason Smyth Credit: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Ireland's double gold medal winning Paralympians Jason Smyth, Mark Rohan and Michael McKillop arrive at Dublin Airport to a huge welcome after London 2012.

Jason Smyth, Mark Rohan and Michael McKillop at Dublin Airport Credit: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Paralympics finale watched by 7.7 million

The Closing Ceremony featured a long set by Coldplay before the fireworks finale. Credit: EMPICS Sport

A TV audience of 7.7 million watched last night's Paralympics party bring the curtain down on London 2012.

The average audience for Channel 4's coverage of the Closing Ceremony - from 7pm to 11.10pm - was 5.9 million.

The peak figure was down from the 11.2 million who watched the Opening Ceremony.

Press marvel at Paralympic Closing Ceremony

Britain's summer of sport came to a colourful climax last night. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire/Press Association Images

After decidedly mixed reviews for the Olympic Closing Ceremony, last night's fireworks-filled finale of the Paralympics has earned wide praise from the British press.

The Sun said the ceremony was filled with "the qualities we have marvelled at in the past 11 days. Passion. Determination. Courage."

The Daily Telegraph said the "rousing" party ended "in a riot of teared-filled jubilation."

The Daily Mail judged it "a wonderfully vibrant, uplifting tribute" to the Paralympians, adding: "Artistic director Kim Gavin’s show was unashamedly melodramatic theatre at its British best."

The prime role of two ParalympicsGB stars was praised by the Guardian, which said: "Ellie Simmonds and Jonnie Peacock were as much of a draw as musical guests Jay-Z and Rihanna."

The Daily Mirror summed the ceremony up in "One word: Wow."

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