David Weir wins fourth gold medal of Paralympics 2012
By Mike HensonBBC Sport
David Weir made it four wins from four events at London 2012 as he beat Marcel Hug to win the T54 marathon in front of an ecstatic crowd on the Mall.
The 33-year-old's triumph, after
victories, means he matches Sarah Storey as Britain's most successful athlete at the Games.
"I had to be in super-human shape to win four and I've done it," said Weir.
Great Britain's London 2012 top medal winners
(Cycling) Four golds
(Athletics) Four golds
(Equestrian) Three golds
(Swimming) Two golds, one silver, one bronze
(Equestrian) Two golds
(Athletics) Two golds
In the women's race ParalympicsGB's final medal hope Shelly Woods won silver after three track defeats.
Woods's second-placed finish behind American Shirley Reilly means Great Britain collected 120 medals - 17 more than their pre-Games target - and finished third
in the medal table
behind China and Russia.
They also improved their athletics medal tally from 17 (two golds) in Beijing four years ago to 29 in London, with 11 golds won.
Consisting of one 2.2 mile and three eight-mile loops, the more technical route had been seen as favouring Weir, and the Londoner remained in the leading group as it whittled down from six to leave him with just Hug and Athens and Beijing champion Kurt Fearnley for company.
Despite his exertions on the track, Weir summoned up the strength over the final 500m to make a decisive break, and it was one neither of his rivals could follow.
"That was the toughest race I've ever raced in my life," Weir, who has suggested he might retire, added. "They were all working together to try and stop me, but I'm used to that. I do my own thing and race as best as I can.
"It has just been an amazing experience these last 10 days, I've never experienced anything like it in my life.
"It just shows the British public are so supportive; they love sport, they love seeing Britain doing well, you can see how proud they are to put these Games on."
His four golds in London will ease Weir's memories of a difficult Paralympic campaign in Beijing four years ago.
Tipped as a contender in five events in China, he came away with two golds having been hampered with a virus.
, competing in the women's versions of Weir's events, had failed to get amongst the medals in this year's Games before Sunday's race.
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