Yesterday, IPC Athletics announced that British competitor David Weir had withdrawn from the IPC European Athletics Championships in Swansea because of an injury. According to IPC Athletics, Weir “ is determined to ‘come back stronger'”.
The 35 year old Weir was a home country favorite coming into the competition as a four time gold medal winner at the 2012 Summer Paralympics. At the recently completed 2014 Commonwealth Games, he won gold in the 1500m T54 event.
The past year has had several big highs for Weir. He was the Best Male at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Awards Ceremony. He was honored with the title of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. He was nominated for the 2013 Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year Disability Award. He was inducted into the Great North Run Hall of Fame after winning the event for a record fifth time. He created the Weir Academy with his coach Jenny Archer. Earlier this year he had a second place finish at the London Marathon.
The championship officially started last night with an opening ceremony. Racing is scheduled to start this morning with the women’s discus throw F55 at 9:00am local time.