David Weir says he was accused of throwing race in Rio Paralympics
David Weir, the six-times Paralympic gold medallist, has claimed Jenni Banks, the pinnacle of the British wheelchair racing programme, accused him of intentionally throwing a race in Rio after Weir’s poor efficiency led to the Britain’s 4x400m relay staff failing to qualify for the ultimate.
“I got here off the observe, and he or she got here operating over and accused me of sabotaging the crew and doing it on function,” mentioned Weir, who introduced final week he will never race for Britain again due to the dispute with Banks. “She mentioned I used to be a shame to the nation.”
“To be accused of not placing in 100% throughout a race, it made me really feel like shit,” he added. “There was just a few phrases thrown again and forwards, numerous the groups noticed what went on, they usually had been completely disgusted with the way in which she spoke to me. I’ve not talked to her since.”
Weir stated he couldn’t affirm Banks had hurled his £three,000 carbon fibre chair in anger after a bust-up on the Paralympics, as he didn’t see the incident. A British Athletics disciplinary panel final week cleared Banks of any wrongdoing over the chair incident. Nevertheless, it’s understood it’s nonetheless investigating the row between the pair.
Mates of Banks imagine her anger was justified given Weir’s lap time in Brazil was round 10 seconds slower than he had posted in the European Championships a few weeks’ earlier.
Weir stated: “The relay didn’t go to plan, however to be sincere my [wheelchair] set-up all week wasn’t proper. On the final minute I additionally modified my gloves, as I felt I used to be getting extra grip and energy, but it surely didn’t work. I simply didn’t get any energy, I couldn’t decide my pace up.”
Weir, who on Friday confirmed he’ll attempt to win his seventh London Marathon title, stated he felt he deserved extra respect. “I’d by no means, ever, throw a race simply because I don’t like somebody.”
“We are able to verify there was a frank trade of views between an athlete and the relay coach following the race when the GB males’s wheelchair crew did not qualify for the ultimate,” a British Athletics spokesperson mentioned. “We will additionally affirm we have now met with David Weir to obtain first hand his suggestions on his experiences in Rio, and that we’re working to make sure we be taught from these experiences forward of future workforce occasions.”