Warren Weir

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Warren Weir
Warren Weir 2012 Olympics (cropped).jpg
Weir at the 2012 Olympics in London
Personal information
Nationality Jamaican
Born (1989-10-31) 31 October 1989 (age 24)[nb]
Trelawny, Jamaica
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Weight 72.57 kg (160.0 lb)[1]
Sport
Sport Track and field
Event(s) 200 metres
College team Calabar High School
Club Racers Track Club
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 100m 10.02 (+1.5 m/s) (Kingston, Jamaica 2013)
200 m 19.79 (+0.9 m/s) (Kingston, Jamaica 2013)[2]

Warren Weir (born October 1989)[nb] is a Jamaican sprinter, who specializes in the 200 metres. He was the bronze medallist in the event at the 2012 London Olympics, helping Jamaica sweep the medals. In 2013 at the Moscow World Championships, Warren Weir won the silver medal equaling his personal best. He finished behind Usain Bolt who set a World Leading time. His current personal best is 19.79 seconds set at the National Stadium in his home country Kingston, Jamaica. He has since equalled his personal best in Moscow, in the World Championship final. He trains with the Glen Mills-coached Racers Track Club, alongside Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake.

Career[edit]

At the start of his career, Weir competed in the short sprints and the 110 metres hurdles. Born in Trelawny Parish,[1] he ran the 100 m and 200 m for Calabar High School at the Jamaican High School Championships. At the 2007 Jamaican junior championships he set a hurdles best of 13.65 seconds for second place and set a 100 m dash best of 10.69 seconds. He was a hurdles finalist at the 2007 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships and a silver medallist at the 2008 CARIFTA Games,[3] where he also shared in the 4×100 metres relay gold medal.[4] In his first appearance on the global stage, Weir reached the semi-finals at the 2008 World Junior Championships in Athletics.[5] He competed sparingly in his first years as a senior, although he did run personal bests in the 100 m (10.50) and the 400 metres hurdles (53.28) in 2009.[3]

Weir began to emerge as a 200 m specialist in 2011 after joining the Racers Track Club under coach Glen Mills.[6] He and Mills noticed that the hurdles were leaving him with knee pain and both decided that Weir should focus on sprinting instead.[7] He dipped under 21 second for the first time and placed sixth at the Jamaican Championships.[3] He was invited to European meetings for the first time and performed well at his first Diamond League meeting, taking second place to Walter Dix with a personal best of 20.43 seconds into a strong headwind.[8] He began 2012 by bringing his 200 m best down to 20.21, then 20.13 seconds.[9] A time of 20.08 seconds brought him third place at the Adidas Grand Prix in New York in June.[7]

At the Jamaican Olympic Trials in 2012, Weir broke twenty seconds with a personal best of 19.99 seconds in the 200 m semi final and a third place finish in the final, behind Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt, earned him a spot on the Jamaican team for the 2012 Summer Olympics.[10] In the Olympic 200 m final he was a surprise bronze medallist, securing a new personal best of 19.84 seconds in the process. His medal made it an all-Jamaican podium finish alongside fellow Racers Track Club athletes Bolt and Blake – the first time Jamaica had achieved such a medal sweep at the Olympics.[11][12]

Weir started out his 2013 season with a victory of 20.11 seconds in the Adidas Grand Prix in New York. In June, he registered a 10.02 100m run, a massive personal best from his previous record of 10.51 seconds in 2008. Later in the 2013 Jamaican National Championships, Weir cruised to the finish line in the 200m final in 19.79 seconds, tying Bolt's world leading mark at that point. Having won the first two of his diamond league 200m races (in the Golden Grand Prix and the Adidas Grand Prix), Weir finished second to Bolt at the Meeting Areva, where Bolt set a world lead and meeting record of 19.73. Despite the clear loss to Bolt in Paris, Weir looked to be the closest to a challenger for Bolt at the World Championships that year. At the London Anniversary Games Weir clocked an impressive 19.89 and followed this up with a meeting record in the relay, clocking 37.75.

Come the 2013 World Championships in Athletics, Weir took the heats easily and made it to the final. In the final, Bolt won the race in a world leading time of 19.66 to become the first man to win the 200m at the world championships three times. Weir got clear silver at 19.79, equalling his best, and Curtis Mitchell the bronze in 20.04. Weir would later collect a gold in the 4x100m, after running in the heats. Weir finished his season off by winning the 200m at the Memorial Van Damme in Brussels and hence successfully won the Diamond League.

He is known for saying "No English, straight Patois," sparking calls on social networks for T-shirts to be printed with the phrase.[13]

Statistics[edit]

Personal bests[edit]

International competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2007 Pan American Junior Championships São Paulo, Brazil DNF 110 m hurdles
2008 CARIFTA Games (under-20) Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis 2nd 110 m hurdles
1st 4×100 m relay
World Junior Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 8th (semis) 110 m hurdles
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 3rd 200 m
2013 2013 World Championships in Athletics moscow, Russia 2nd 200 m

References[edit]

  • nb There are a variety of conflicting sources about his birthdate: the Jamaican Olympic Team profile lists 31 October,[14] the 2012 Olympics profile has 13 October,[1] and the IAAF profile has 21 October.[5]
  1. ^ a b c d "London 2012 Profile: Warren Weir". London 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Men's 200m – Olympic Athletics". London 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Warren Weir. Tilastopaja. Retrieved on 2012-08-20.
  4. ^ Carifta Games 2008. World Junior Athletics History. Retrieved on 2012-08-20.
  5. ^ a b Weir Warren. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-08-20.
  6. ^ Athletes. Racers Track Club. Retrieved on 2012-08-20.
  7. ^ a b Lowe, Andre (2012-06-14). Warren wearing down the clock. Jamaica Gleaner. Retrieved on 2012-08-20.
  8. ^ Rowbottom, Mike (2012-08-10). Richards-Ross sizzles 49.66 in London – Day Two REPORT – Samsung Diamond League. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-08-20.
  9. ^ Levy, Leighton (2012-06-06). Weir looks to dip under 20 seconds. Jamaica Gleaner. Retrieved on 2012-08-20.
  10. ^ Foster, Anthony (2012-07-02). More upsets in Kingston – Blake defeats Bolt at 200m, Fraser-Pryce a double winner – Jamaican Olympic Trials, Day 4. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-08-20.
  11. ^ "Racers 1–2–3 Sweep in Men’s 200 at JA Trials". Racers Track Club. 1 July 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  12. ^ Mulkeen, Jon (2012-08-09). Rudisha breaks 800m world record, Bolt leads Jamaican 200m sweep – London 2012 Day Seven Report. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-08-20.
  13. ^ "London 2012 Diary: Offbeat snippets from around the Games – day 14". BBC News. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  14. ^ Warren Weir. Jamaica Olympics. Retrieved on 2012-08-26.

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