The Sports Matrix: Monday 10 September 2012


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Weir takes fourth gold as Games draw to close

David Weir won his fourth gold medal of the London Games, taking the T54 marathon title on the Mall after emerging from the leading pack. The 33-year-old, who had already won 800m, 1,500m and 5,000m titles, was initially unaware he had prevailed. "I didn't know where the finishing line was," he said. "That's why I looked moody. I didn't know if it was the first or second line. Then I saw the lead car stop down the end of the Mall, so I thought, 'Maybe it's down there,' because there was no tape. It was tough, the toughest race I've ever had in my life."

Weir's feat, on the final day of the Games, helped him match Tanni Grey-Thompson as the only British track and field athletes to win four medals at a single Paralympics. Weir now has six golds overall, along with two silver and two bronze.

There was also success in the T54 women's marathon for Briton Shelly Woods, above, who won silver. The 26-year-old finished a second behind the American Shirley Reilly after disappointment earlier in the week on the track. MORE

Djokovic sets up Murray showdown

Novak Djokovic recovered from losing the first set to beat David Ferrer and secure a meeting with Andy Murray in tonight's final. Play was suspended on Saturday with Ferrer leading 5-2 but the defending champion turned the match around, winning 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2. MORE

Briton Broady is beaten in boys' final

Liam Broady was unable to follow in the footsteps of Oliver Golding and Andy Murray at Flushing Meadows, going down in three sets to Filip Peliwo in the boys' final. The 18-year-old recovered from a poor start but lost 6-2, 2-6, 7-5. MORE

Collingwood tips T20 side for glory

Paul Collingwood says the England T20 team are better than the side he led to the world title in 2010. "England are in a good place," he said before this year's event. "They are better than [us] two years ago." MORE

Exeter force Saints to work for victory

Northampton were forced to come from behind to secure the points against a resolute Exeter. The Chiefs led 13-12 at the interval before a turnaround, although Matt Jess's late score ensured a merited bonus point for the visitors. MORE

Terry ruled out of Ukraine qualifier

John Terry will miss England's World Cup qualifier against Ukraine at Wembley tomorrow after picking up an ankle problem during Friday's victory in Moldova. The Chelsea defender brings the total of players out injured to 11, but will not be replaced in the squad. MORE

Cav's wish to leave 'understandable'

Bradley Wiggins says he can understand the reasons behind Mark Cavendish's wish to leave Team Sky. "It is not easy," he said. "It is some position you are in when the world champion has to leave to get an opportunity. That is the downfall of our own success, in a way." MORE

Hamilton takes spoils in Monza

Lewis Hamilton won the Italian GP with a dominant display, leading for almost the whole race to put himself back in title contention. The Briton is now second in the drivers' championship, 37 points behind Spaniard Fernando Alonso, who came third yesterday. MORE

Loss hands Widnes wooden spoon

A heavy 52-14 defeat at home to local rivals Warrington confirmed Widnes' place at the foot of the table, although supporters applauded the side off at the end. "People who have come have had value for money," coach Denis Betts said. MORE

Fellaini ready to leave Everton

Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini says he wants to leave the club. "I am just starting my fifth season at Everton," he said. "This will be one of my last. In January or the end of the season I will turn to another club or championship." MORE

Opinion: James Lawton

David Weir wore British colours, but in his triumph he was, like Alex Zanardi and, for all the controversy he brought, the blade-running Oscar Pistorius, left, surely the property of the world. MORE