Weir felt pressure before Moscow 200m final
Leighton Levy, Gleaner Writer
The 2013 Diamond League 200-metre champion and World Championship silver medallist, Warren Weir, has revealed that expectations going into the 14th IAAF World Athletic Championships in Moscow this past summer, placed a heavy burden on his shoulders.
Weir who was peeved at detractors calling his bronze medal run at the London Olympics last year a fluke, threw down the gauntlet to them at the National Championships in June when he claimed the national 200-metre title in a personal best 19.79 seconds. The time made him a favourite to medal in Moscow and after American Tyson Gay returned a positive drug test, Weir became a firm choice for a silver medal behind the defending champion and world record holder Usain Bolt.
"Moscow was pretty nerve-racking for me," he said. "A lot of people had a lot of expectations of me to get a medal, more likely the silver medal, so it was up to me to go out there and deliver. The night before I was up meditating and thinking about the race plan. It was a wonderful race, it was a wonderful season and I am pleased with everything I have accomplished this season."
During the course of the season Weir seemed well on track to go below 19.7s. His consistency was outstanding. In 2013, only Usain Bolt has run faster, legally, than Weir, who had five of the fastest 10 times in the world this past season.
And though disappointed that he did not achieve his goal of running faster than he did, 2013 was perhaps his best season yet.
"I was expecting to run a bit faster than the time at trials. Unfortunately, I only got one run after the World Champs but I am pleased. I got 19.8 for the last race.
Last year, I ran 20-point for my last race so I am pleased with the performance and I pleased with my overall improvement."