Weir sets new record

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: David Weir could not break the three-minute mile. (AP) David Weir could not break the three-minute mile. (AP)

David Weir set a new world record for the wheelchair mile on Saturday but failed in his attempt to be the first man to go under the three-minute mark.

The 34-year-old was taking part in the Bupa Westminster Mile which was marking the 60th anniversary of Sir Roger Bannister's sub-four-minute time over the distance.

"I gave it my best shot. It was pretty fast at the beginning," said Weir after completing the course in three minutes and seven seconds.

"I was at maximum speed. It's just the speed humps that take the momentum away a little bit.

"It was a good race, pretty fast."

Bannister greeted Weir after he was first to cross the finish line and the 85-year-old was optimistic that the six-time Paralympic champion could break the sub three-minute barrier next year.

He said: "I hope so. He tells me that he has managed to break three minutes for the mile in Richmond Park but I think that was a downhill course.

"He still has a little bit more to try out before he does it but I think he might do it next year."

Chris O'Hare won the men's race in a time of 4mins 5.03secs while Alison Leonard took the women's title in 4:32.9.

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