David Weir 'feels cheated' following unsuccessful Rio 2016 campaign

David Weir competing in the parasport 1500m T54 heat on July 29, 2014
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David Weir hints at discontent in the Great Britain ranks, as a crash in the men's marathon on Sunday saw him end his Rio 2016 campaign without a medal of any sort.

Great Britain's David Weir has claimed that he feels like he has been "stabbed in the back" after ending his Rio 2016 Paralympics campaign without adding to his medals tally.

The 37-year-old crashed in Sunday's marathon to make it a disappointing return from his three events, as he was unable to build on his four golds from London in 2012.

Weir will not take part in the next Games in Tokyo, either, having recently announced his intention to retire from the sport after next year's London marathon - also ruling him out of the World Championships at the newly-named London Stadium.

Speaking to BBC Sport after his latest disappointment, the Englishman said: "It's an individual sport, and I realise that now. I always praise every athlete to put on a British vest but sometimes I feel like I've been stabbed in the back. We need to click as a team.

"I know it's an individual event but there needs to be no big egos within the team. We need to all work together - like the US team, the Aussie team. I don't care if you're from Scotland, [Northern] Ireland or anywhere else - I just want to see Britain win a lot of medals in wheelchair racing.

"I'm never jealous of anyone and if somebody beats me I'm happy - as long as they are competing for a medal. I want the team to do well and I want wheelchair racing to be successful all around the country."

Britain's wheelchair racers won eight medals overall in Rio, including three golds for Hannah Cockroft.

Britain's David Weir celebrates winning the men's wheelchair race in the Great North Run half marathon in South Shields, near Newcastle in northeast England on September 15, 2013
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