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Paralympian David Weir beats record for mile event

By Rachell Burnett

Paralympian David Weir has made history as the first wheelchair racer to complete a mile in under three minutes.

He recorded a time of two minutes and 57 seconds, beating his previous best by six seconds, at the Westminster Mile in London on Sunday.

"I've always said I could do it, I wanted to prove a point that I was still up there with the best in the world."

Retired athlete Sir Roger Bannister, who ran the first sub-four-minute mile in 1954, was quick to congratulate Weir for his "huge achievement".

The 87-year-old said: "I know that Dave's been on the edge of the three-minute mile for a while, so I send him all my congratulations for his huge achievement."

It was Weir's fourth consecutive Westminster Mile, beating South African rival Ernst van Dyk, and comes after six victories at the London Marathon.

"I knew it was possible," he said.

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