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Sunderland are to host "Nelson Mandela Day" when Manchester United visit

Sunderland to host 'Nelson Mandela Day' when United come to visit

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Colin Young

PUBLISHED:

19:54 GMT, 28 February 2013

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UPDATED:

20:33 GMT, 28 February 2013

Sunderland have become the first English football team to set up a partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Sunderland, who this season started a new sponsorship deal with Invest In Africa, will support a number of fundraising initiatives on behalf of the Foundation.

The March 30 fixture against Manchester United has been designated ‘Nelson Mandela Day’ at the Stadium of Light.

International: At the start of the season Sunderland announced they were to be sponsored by Invest In Africa

International: At the start of the season Sunderland announced they were to be sponsored by Invest In Africa

Vice chairman, David Miliband, said: 'There is no more iconic figure in the world today than Nelson Mandela.

'His values of equality, justice and reconciliation are the inspiration to millions and this partnership is a wonderful symbol for Sunderland in Africa and a huge honour for our football club.

'As a club which prides itself on its commitment to charitable work, to the community as a whole through our own Foundation of Light, and to the pursuit of excellence in all we do, we see tremendous potential in working with the Nelson Mandela Foundation.'

Key: The match may be crucial in Sunderland's fight against the drop

Key: The match may be crucial in Sunderland's fight against the drop

Team GB"s cyclists win gold and silver medals in Rio Olympics 2018 preparations

Team GB's cyclists make a promising start to Rio preparations with bronze and silver medals

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Two of the London Olympic-winning quartet – Ed Clancy and Steven Burke – were present in the squad which lost the world champion rainbow jerseys to Australia.

Over the moon: Great Britain's Becky James (left) and Vicky Williamson celebrate Bronze in the team sprint

Over the moon: Great Britain's Becky James (left) and Vicky Williamson celebrate Bronze in the team sprint

Silver service: The men's team pursuit pick up a second place

Silver service: The men's team pursuit pick up a second place

Clancy, Burke, 2012 world champion Andy Tennant and Sam Harrison, who won world bronze in 2011, qualified second fastest and were unable to overturn their seeding, finishing in four minutes 00.967 seconds, to their rivals' 3mins 56.751secs.

Australia led throughout the 16-lap final, even though Glenn O'Shea dropped out entering the final kilometre, leaving Alex Edmondson, Michael Hepburn and Alex Morgan to hold off Britain in the finale.

Clancy, who experimented with the team sprint earlier this winter before reverting to his usual discipline, said: 'It does hurt to lose to the Aussies, but it's an Olympic programme. It's bike racing, you can't win all the time.

'It's disappointing, but if you don't look at it so black and white there's a lot of positives.'

Clancy pointed to the absences of Geraint Thomas and Peter Kennaugh, focusing on their road careers with Team Sky after their Olympic glory, and the fact Britain finished fourth in Pruszkow in 2009, a year after winning gold in Beijing.

Vicky Williamson (bottom) and Becky James (top) pick up the bronze medal during the women's team sprint event

Vicky Williamson (bottom) and Becky James (top) pick up the bronze medal during the women's team sprint event

The quartet were not quite firing on all cylinders.

'We had at least one set of legs in there that weren't quite on it,' Clancy said.

'I'm not saying we're happy about coming second, but we're not in a bad place, that's for sure. If you look at where we were in Poland, we've done a hell of a lot better than we did there.'

While there was a sense of disappointment for Clancy and co, for James and Williamson there was joy.

The 19-year-old Williamson was a late replacement for Jess Varnish, who has a back injury, while James was fulfilling second-lap duties previously occupied by the now-retired Victoria Pendleton.

Sprint coach Iain Dyer says 21-year-old James, who pushed Olympic champion Anna Meares close for Commonwealth gold in 2010, is in the form of her life.

Warm up: After a magnificent medal haul at London 2012, Team GB will be hoping to show similar form at the Rio Olympics

Warm up: After a magnificent medal haul at London 2012, Team GB will be hoping to show similar form at the Rio Olympics

As if to prove it, James allowed a gap to open up by going up the banking coming into the changeover to allow her to accelerate into her lap.

The technique was devised in the last session of the Newport training camp ahead of travelling to Minsk.

James, who made up deficits in each of her rides, said: 'We just thought we'd try something new and because my form's come through quite nicely we wanted to get as much speed as possible off the lap.

'I'm just absolutely buzzing. I'm so shocked. I can't believe it, my first world medal.'

Williamson, who received text messages of support from Varnish in the build-up to Minsk, said: 'I'm gobsmacked. To come out with a bronze medal is just amazing.'

James will now ride in the 500 metres
time-trial tomorrow, the first of three individual events in which she
is targeting further success.

She added: 'Seeing the form I've got I'd really like to be up there this week. I'll give it my best shot.'

Pedal power: The Danish team competes during mens team pursuit qualifying race of the event in Minsk

Pedal power: The Danish team competes during mens team pursuit qualifying race of the event in Minsk

Kian Emadi competed in the corresponding men's event, the one-kilometre time-trial, placing an impressive fourth on his debut.

In an event removed from the Olympic programme following Sir Chris Hoy's win in Athens in 2004, Emadi clocked 1:01.756, with Francois Pervis of France winning in 1:00.221, New Zealand's Simon Van Velthooven second in 1.00.869 and Germany's Joachim Eilers third in 1:01.450.

Emadi's time was short of his personal best, set at altitude in Colombia, but he was content with his display.

The 20-year-old will now ride in the men's team sprint on day two alongside Philip Hindes and Jason Kenny, taking Hoy's man three slot in the three-lap event.

Emadi is confident of combining well with the Olympic champions.
He said: 'There's good signs in training. Everyone's stepping up and getting faster as the competition has come closer.'

Three more events take place tomorrow, including the women's team pursuit, featuring Olympic champions Laura Trott and Dani King, with Elinor Barker making up the trio.

Owain Doull is entered into the men's scratch race, with Burke entered in the 4km men's individual pursuit.

Lionel Messi beats Muller"s goalscoring record as 86th strike of 2012 opens scoring for Barcelona at Real Betis

EIGHT SIX goals in ONE year… and he's not done yet! Messi breaks Muller record with early double strike against Betis

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UPDATED:

21:25 GMT, 9 December 2012

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Lionel Messi has surpassed Gerd Muller's record of 85 goals for club and country in a calendar year after scoring twice in the opening 25 minutes for Barcelona against Real Betis.

The Argentinian, who started the match on 84 goals, required just 15 minutes to break the deadlock and equal the record.

Collecting the ball on the inside right channel, he drove diagonally into the penalty area, beating three defenders before picking out the bottom corner.

His 86th arrived ten minutes later in a move he started and finished before firing the ball into the same corner.

Messi has also become Barcelona's all-time leading goalscorer in La Liga, with his tally now standing on 192, two ahead of Cesar Rodriguez.

Messi has been in hot pursuit of Muller's record, set in 1972 when he scored 85 goals for Bayern Munich and West Germany in all competitions.

Record breaker: Lionel Messi needed just 25 minutes to get the two goals he needed to break Gerd Muller's calendar year goalscoring record

Record breaker: Lionel Messi needed just 25 minutes to get the two goals he needed to break Gerd Muller's calendar year goalscoring record

Double trouble: Messi scored the two goals after 15 and 25 minutes as Barcelona seized control of their match at Real Betis

Double trouble: Messi scored the two goals after 15 and 25 minutes as Barcelona seized control of their match at Real Betis

Teamwork: Messi is congratulated by his Barcelona teammates after breaking the record

Teamwork: Messi is congratulated by his Barcelona teammates after breaking the record

There had been some doubt about
whether Messi would make the team after bruising his left knee in the
midweek Champions League draw with Benfica.

But he was able to train with his
teammates on Saturday after making a swift recovery and coach Tito
Vilanova passed him fit to make the journey to Seville.

Barcelona can establish a six-point lead at the top of La Liga if they beat fifth-place Betis.

Clash of eras: Messi (top) has broken the record set by Bayern Munich and West Germany striker Gerd Muller set in 1972 (bottom)

Clash of eras: Messi (top) has broken the record set by Bayern Munich and West Germany striker Gerd Muller set in 1972 (bottom)

Parker leaves British cycling to join England rugby staff

EXCLUSIVE: England poach British cycling guru to spearhead World Cup push

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UPDATED:

10:36 GMT, 20 November 2012


Joined up: Matt Parker's appointment will be viewed as a stunning coup

Joined up: Matt Parker's appointment will be viewed as a stunning coup

Stuart Lancaster has made a bold move to enhance England’s back-room staff ahead of the next World Cup by recruiting a central figure from the all-conquering British cycling team.

Matt Parker was one of the sports scientists whose pioneering work helped paved the way for a gold rush in the velodrome at Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

He has been recruited by Lancaster to fill the role of ‘head of athletic performance’, with responsibility for fitness and medical care, and his appointment is regarded by the RFU as a stunning coup.

An RFU spokesman told Sportsmail: ‘We are looking for someone of that calibre but nothing has been agreed.

‘This person will play a key role in the development of the England team through to 2015.’

However, it is understood that the deal has been done and Parker is due to take up his new post at Twickenham early in the new year.

He joined British Cycling as endurance coach in 2006 and went on to coach Bradley Wiggins to two gold medals at the Beijing Olympics.

Helping hand: Parker was part of the team which enabled Sir Chris Hoy and Co to perform so well

Helping hand: Parker was part of the team which enabled Sir Chris Hoy and Co to perform so well

Parker also masterminded the team pursuit squad’s world record ride at the 2008 Games, having introduced a completely new way of tackling the event.

More recently, as ‘head of marginal gains’, Parker has been one of those responsible for implementing Dave Brailsford’s fabled philosophy at British Cycling and Team Sky.

Cycling Guru Matt Parker joins England rugby staff

EXCLUSIVE: Cycling guru Parker joins England rugby staff after helping Team GB strike gold

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UPDATED:

23:00 GMT, 19 November 2012


Joined up: Matt Parker's appointment will be viewed as a stunning coup

Joined up: Matt Parker's appointment will be viewed as a stunning coup

Stuart Lancaster has made a bold move to enhance England’s back-room staff ahead of the next World Cup by recruiting a central figure from the all-conquering British cycling team.

Matt Parker was one of the sports scientists whose pioneering work helped paved the way for a gold rush in the velodrome at Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

He has been recruited by Lancaster to fill the role of ‘head of athletic performance’, with responsibility for fitness and medical care, and his appointment is regarded by the RFU as a stunning coup.

An RFU spokesman told Sportsmail: ‘We are looking for someone of that calibre but nothing has been agreed.

‘This person will play a key role in the development of the England team through to 2015.’

However, it is understood that the deal has been done and Parker is due to take up his new post at Twickenham early in the new year.

He joined British Cycling as endurance coach in 2006 and went on to coach Bradley Wiggins to two gold medals at the Beijing Olympics.

Helping hand: Parker was part of the team which enabled Sir Chris Hoy and Co to perform so well

Helping hand: Parker was part of the team which enabled Sir Chris Hoy and Co to perform so well

Parker also masterminded the team pursuit squad’s world record ride at the 2008 Games, having introduced a completely new way of tackling the event.

More recently, as ‘head of marginal gains’, Parker has been one of those responsible for implementing Dave Brailsford’s fabled philosophy at British Cycling and Team Sky.

Laura Trott wins gold in omnium at Track World Cup

Trott at the double as in-form British star claims second gold of Track World Cup

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UPDATED:

19:21 GMT, 18 November 2012

Olympic and world champion Laura Trott's Midas touch continued on the final day of the Track World Cup in Glasgow as her annus mirabilis ended on another high.

Trott, who won team pursuit gold on Friday's opening day of competition at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, claimed a second title with a narrow victory in the omnium to complete a sensational year.

The triumph was Britain's only medal of the final day of competition as Germany topped the medal table with six golds and three silvers, with the hosts second with a haul of three gold, two silvers and one bronze.

At the double: Trott celebrates her second gold medal of the Track World Cup

At the double: Trott celebrates her second gold medal of the Track World Cup

Trott had to come from behind to win the six-discipline omnium, an event in which she was last beaten in London in February, her world title coming in Melbourne in April.

'I wanted to win – that is all it was,' said the 20-year-old from Cheshunt, who expressed relief the weekend was over. “I was in silver medal position and I was like “I'm not having that, no way”. Coming into this being double world and Olympic champion and going home with silver… it just wasn't going to happen. “I just love winning, I do, I love the feeling.'

Trott was one of the stars of the London Games – she was reminded of that by a fan while having coffee with her parents this morning – but her focus is firmly on Rio de Janeiro and eventually surpassing Hoy's British record of six Olympic golds; something the Scot has backed her to do.

Laura Trott

Laura Trott

Golden girl: The British rider takes to the rostrum after claiming gold in the omnium

'I don't like not winning,' she said. 'I am a bit worried (but) if I don't win another race now until Rio then so be it.

'The Olympics is the thing I want to win most and I want to get old Sir Chris Hoy's record.'

Trott was fourth overnight after fourth place in the flying lap, ninth in the points race and first in the elimination race, a discipline which has become her speciality.

She won the fourth event, the individual pursuit, this morning but was seventh in the scratch race to fall behind Ashlee Ankudinoff overall by two points.

On track: Trott carried her brilliant form from the London Games to Glasgow

On track: Trott carried her brilliant form from the London Games to Glasgow

It meant she had to beat the Australian by a minimum of two places in the final event, the 500metres time-trial, to win – and she duly did.

Trott clocked 35.867 seconds to place second in the discipline, with Ankudinoff fourth to slip to second overall. Russia's Tamara Balabolina was third.

'Yesterday I was worried that I wouldn't even get a medal after the shaky start I had,' Trott said.

'I knew the points race was going to go bad, it always does, but the flying lap I didn't expect to be that far down.

'I'm just so bad at bunch races, they always let me down, it doesn't matter how fit I am.

'I just have to do what I can in the 500m and normally it works.'

Trott was a marked woman in the bunch events, the points and scratch races, standing out in her first appearance in the rainbow jersey of world champion.

'It was even harder because I'm such an obvious mark,' she added. 'I've got bright bands around me. But it makes me think about it rather than roll around bored.'

Trott was told by British Cycling head coach Shane Sutton that she could skip the omnium in Glasgow.

She added: 'I just wanted to come and race. It's the only chance I've got to wear the stripes so who wouldn't want to do that in front of a home crowd'

Tommy Godwin, double Olympic cycling medallist passes away aged 91

Cycling in mourning as double Olympic medallist Godwin passes away aged 91

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20:25 GMT, 3 November 2012

Double Olympic medallist Tommy Godwin has died aged 91, British Cycling has announced.

Godwin, who was heavily involved in the sport throughout his life, died at the Marie Curie Hospice in Solihull.

He won two bronze medals at the 1948 Olympics in London, in the team pursuit and kilometre time trial, held at Herne Hill.

Double Olympic medallist: Tommy Godwin, pictured in April at the Olympic Stadium, passed away aged 91

Double Olympic medallist: Tommy Godwin, pictured in April at the Olympic Stadium, passed away aged 91

When the Games returned to the capital earlier this year, Godwin carried the Olympic torch through Solihull and was a keen supporter of Team GB at the velodrome in the Olympic Park.

After his competitive career came to an end, Godwin managed the British cycling squad at the 1964 Games in Tokyo, was president of the British Cycling Federation, ran the first British training camp in Majorca, and founded the Birmingham RCC.

Godwin became Britain's first paid national coach in 1964 and trained a generation of British track riders, including Graham Webb, who beat the British hour record and won the world road race championship, and Mick Bennett, who won bronze medals at the 1972 and 1976 Olympics.

Reaction was quick to come in the cycling world.

Sir Chris Hoy said on his Twitter account: 'So sad to hear cycling legend and Olympic medallist from 1948, the great Tommy Godwin, has passed away.'

His message was re-tweeted by Joanna Rowsell, Olympic and world team pursuit champion.

British Cycling president Brian Cookson paid tribute, saying: 'Tommy Godwin represented all that is great about our sport – a true gentleman who achieved great things as a competitor, a coach and an administrator.

'Our sport is privileged to have been associated with him.'

David Villa advert that Barcelona wanted to ban – VIDEO

Revealed: The video of Villa smashing up a police car that Barcelona wanted to ban

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UPDATED:

10:03 GMT, 4 October 2012

He's well known for his deadly accuracy in front of goal – and perhaps now we know the secret training routine that makes David Villa so sharp.

A banned advert has been released featuring the Barcelona striker knocking lumps out of a police patrol car with a ball.

The scene was filmed in 2010 to promote the computer game 'Need for Speed – Hot Pursuit' but was never aired because Barcelona thought it set the wrong example to fans.

Scroll down to watch the video

Free time: Villa is cruising around Los Angeles in a fast sports car in the banned commercial for computer game 'Need for Speed - Hot Pursuit'

Free time: Villa is cruising around Los Angeles in a fast sports car in the banned commercial for computer game 'Need for Speed – Hot Pursuit'

Target: Villa spots the empty police car and pulls up alongside

Target: Villa spots the empty police car and pulls up alongside

Taking aim: Villa takes a Jabulani football from the passenger seat and starts firing shots at the police car

Taking aim: Villa takes a Jabulani football from the passenger seat and starts firing shots at the police car

Villa had not long been at Barcelona and the club thought it would embarrass their new 30m star signing.

The advert starts with Villa cruising around Los Angeles in a sports car before he spies a parked police car on the beachfront.

Taking a Jabulani football from the passenger seat, he proceeds to knock a few dents into the bodywork with some well-placed volleys.

Nice location: The advert is supposedly shot in Los Angeles with the Hollywood sign visible in the background at one point

Nice location: The advert is supposedly shot in Los Angeles with the Hollywood sign visible in the background at one point

Control: Villa's ability with the unpredictable Jabulani is impressive

Control: Villa's ability with the unpredictable Jabulani is impressive

Needs some work: The police car after Villa has finished with it

Needs some work: The police car after Villa has finished with it

His control of the notoriously unpredictable Jabulani is impressive, but Barcelona didn't approve of their players fighting the law and stepped in to ban the advert.

Having smashed a few windows, Villa returns to his car as the coppers emerge from the nearby diner before giving them the eye in the rear view mirror.

However, with Villa's respect for the police presumably beyond all doubt, we can now enjoy his skill.

Banned Need for Speed advert starring David Villa

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Wendy Houvenaghel restored to British cycling team for Road World Championships

Houvenaghel returns to British team just a month after 'vindictive' Olympics snub

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UPDATED:

16:27 GMT, 17 September 2012


Snubbed: Wendy Houvenaghel was left out of Team GB for the Olympics

Snubbed: Wendy Houvenaghel was left out of Team GB for the Olympics

Wendy Houvenaghel will represent Great Britain at the UCI Road World Championships in Holland on Tuesday, little more than a month after leaving the Olympics distraught.

The 37-year-old from Northern Ireland was not selected for any of the three rides in the women's team pursuit competition, won by Joanna Rowsell, Laura Trott and Dani King, therefore missing out on a gold medal, and labelled the decision 'vindictive'.

Houvenaghel refocused and won the British Championships road time-trial earlier this month before a win in the prestigious Chrono Champenois event in Betheny, France last week confirmed her selection alongside Emma Pooley in Tuesday's 24.3-kilometre time-trial in Limburg.

She was reluctant to discuss the Olympic fall-out and thanked British Cycling's women's road coach Chris Newton for supporting her selection.

'I was pleasantly surprised to get the call to represent Great Britain in the time-trial at these World Championships,' Houvenaghel said.

'I've spent most of the year training for a three-minute team pursuit effort and over the last four weeks I've just applied myself to time-trialling. I'm keen to get racing tomorrow.

'I've just thrown myself into my training the last few weeks and here I am in Valkenburg.

'The time has passed quite quickly since the Games and I've been busy focusing on various races. I haven't been in touch with any of the members of staff.

'I'm just focusing on my own race and that's my priority while I'm out here.'

Comeback: Houvenaghel returns to represent Britain at the UCI Road World Championships this week

Comeback: Houvenaghel returns to represent Britain at the UCI Road World Championships this week

Despite her whole focus being on 12 laps of a 250m Siberian pine track, Houvenaghel is confident of springing a surprise in Tuesday's race, which takes place near Maastricht.

'I am optimistic, otherwise I wouldn't be here,' she added.

'I will give it everything I've got and I'll just do my best and see where my performance takes me.

'The course is very rolling and there are a couple of quite steep climbs.

'I am good at climbing; in any of the time-trials where there have been hills I've done very well. That shouldn't pose too much of a problem for me.

'I've done my homework and I'm happy that I can do reasonably well.

'The course suits my strengths as a rider and I'll give it everything I've got.'

Back on the podium: Pooley (right) and Sharon Laws took bronze in the Elite Women's Team Time Trial on Sunday

Back on the podium: Pooley (right) and Sharon Laws took bronze in the Elite Women's Team Time Trial on Sunday

Pooley won the world title in 2010 and is also aiming to bounce back from Olympic disappointment.

The 29-year-old was in tears after missing out on a podium place in the Hampton Court time-trial on August 1, but the terrain in Holland is more suited to her climbing ability.

'Emma will be really excited about the nature of this course,' Houvenaghel added.

'She's a well-known good climber and I think she is looking forward to the challenge tomorrow as well.'

Pooley has spoken of possibly taking a break from cycling to complete her PhD, while the future for Houvenaghel also remains uncertain.

She plans to spend some time with her family after the World Championships and will assess whether the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 are an option. It is understood the women's team pursuit may be increased to become an event over 4km with four riders.

'I'm keeping my options open at the moment,' Houvenaghel said.

FROOME GIVEN TIME TO RECOVER

Chris Froome has withdrawn from Wednesday's time-trial at the UCI Road World Championships to focus on Sunday's road race, British Cycling have confirmed.

The World Championships come at the end of a gruelling season for Froome.

The Team Sky rider was Tour de France runner-up behind Bradley Wiggins in July, won Olympic time-trial bronze behind his compatriot and was fourth in the Vuelta a Espana, which finished on September 9.

The 27-year-old wants more time to recover ahead of Sunday's 261-kilometre road race in Limburg, Holland, when Mark Cavendish will ride in defence of his title.

Froome's non-participation means Alex Dowsett is Britain's sole entrant in the 45.7km elite men's time-trial on Wednesday.

London 2012 Paralympics: David Weir wins 800m gold

Three and easy for Weir in the 800m as Paralympic star gets another gold

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22:05 GMT, 6 September 2012

David Weir continued his relentless pursuit of quadruple gold in London by making it three out of three with yet another masterful ride on Thursday night.

The wheelchair racer has established himself as the hero of the Olympic Stadium in the same way Mo Farah did at the Olympics, with confident, stylish and tactically-superb racing.

And the 'Weirwolf' was at his imperious best as he devoured a world-class field to deafening roars from the enthralled capacity crown, adding the 800m crown to his 1500m and 5,000m titles.

Hat-trick hero: David Weir takes in the applause he deserved for his accomplishment, and celebrates his victory (below)

Hat-trick hero: David Weir takes in the applause he deserved for his accomplishment, and celebrates his victory (below)

The hat-trick: David Weir celebrates winning the 800m

The 33-year-old, the defending champion, tracked China's Zhang Lixin for the first lap before attacking with 250m to go.

Urged on by the whole stadium, he moved level with Zhang on the home straight before racing past to win in one minute 37.63 seconds.

Champs: Weir (right) with Jonnie Peacock

Champs: Weir (right) with Jonnie Peacock

Weir, who has the marathon left to come on Sunday, now even has his own battle cry thanks to the werewolf howls his team-mates have developed, adapted from the rock song Werewolves Of London by Warren Zevon.

And the 1970s track was played in the stadium ahead of the race.

Victory took his total haul of Paralympic golds to five, having won Great Britain's only two in Beijing four years ago.

Home straight: Weir on the way to winning

Home straight: Weir on the way to winning

'I had to dig deep tonight, it did hurt,' said Weir, whose suit came undone on the first lap.

'They're all special. I've defended my title in both the distances I've won and now I've got a gold in the 5,000; I only got bronze in Beijing.

'I've really enjoyed the last six months of training. I've got the hunger back, which I thought I lost last year. I feel like I'm on top of the world at the moment.

'I dreamt about it and wished I'd come away with three gold medals, with maybe another one on the way, but you just dream of things like that. I won't believe it until I'm at home and can relax – then it might sink in a little bit more.'

A fourth gold of London 2012 is now the target for Weir.

Can he make it four Weir has one more event

Can he make it four Weir has one more event

'The marathon is going to be tough, because you can't train for these emotions, going up and down,” he added.

'I've done the mileage to cover all these distances, but you can't match these emotions in training. It's impossible.

'We'll see how it goes on Sunday. I've got two days left. I might train, I might not. I'm seeing my family tomorrow and that will do me good.

'It's 26.2 miles. It's not just two laps or 12 laps of the track. We'll see what happens on the day. I'll give it my best shot.'

Cheered on: The crowd love David Weir

Cheered on: The crowd love David Weir