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Jonnie Peacock MBE

Double Paralympic T44 100m Champion


26 July 2015Anniversary Games: Jonnie and David Weir denied triumphant returns to the Olympic Stadium

Paralympic champions Jonnie Peacock and David Weir were both denied triumphant returns to the Olympic Stadium on Sunday - but the heroes of London 2012 insisted it was only a matter of time before they were back on top form.

Amputee sprinter Peacock was beaten in the T44 100 metres by American rival Richard Browne, who claimed victory in 10.96 seconds to extend his winning run to 23 races. The Briton came home second in 11.02secs.

Wheelchair racer Weir, who memorably won three golds on the same track three summers ago and another in the marathon, then had to settle for fifth in the T54 1,500m in 3:04.80 as Switzerland's Marcel Hug took the win.

It showed there was plenty of work for both to do ahead of the IPC World Championships in Doha in late October, but Peacock, in his first Paralympic race of the year, in particular sounded an upbeat note.

He said: "I'm a lot happier than I thought I would be. I got the first 10m and last 20m wrong.

"If you look at my races last year I was getting out on Richard and he was pulling me back. Today he got out on me and I pulled him back. I just lost my composure a little bit and let him have it.

"People are going to go unbeaten, but at the end of the day it will come round that people will get beaten. I'm not worried."

The rivalry between Peacock and exuberant world record holder Browne, the Paralympic's answer to Usain Bolt in the way he plays to the crowd, is one of the most exciting in the sport.

"I haven't lost since 2013," Browne said. "I said to Jonnie in 2013 I would never lose another race and I plan to keep that promise."

Twenty-two-year-old Peacock, though, is happy when Browne is letting his mouth and not his feet do the talking.

Browne, whose world record stands at 10.75, said he wanted to be running 10.3 by the time Doha came around.

"You're taking the mick," was Peacock's response.

"Come off it," Peacock added. "Give me a plus-20m/s wind and nothing is off limits.

"I'll take notice of the times that get put on the board."

Defeat for Weir was his first at the Olympic Stadium outside of heats and he revealed his preparation had been hampered by a shoulder injury and then throat infections and tonsillitis.

The 36-year-old's main focus is the New York Marathon on November 1, but he said he would still compete over 1,500m in Doha even if he might not be "track fit".

On his performance, Weir said: "That wasn't too bad for me.

"I only started feeling right this week. I need a good month to get back to where I want to be.

"You know, sometimes I do better when I am losing, then I bounce back when it counts."

A crowd of 20,000 were at the Olympic Stadium to watch the final day of the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games, the IPC Athletics Grand Prix Final, which also featured wins for Paralympic champions Hannah Cockroft in the T34 400m and Richard Whitehead in the T42 200m.

Commonwealth champion Libby Clegg won the T12 200m, while there were two British world records, for Georgina Hermitage, who clocked 1:02.48 to win the T37 400m, and Sophie Hahn, who crossed the line first in the T38 100m in 13.00.

Source: http://www.standard.co.uk/sport/athletics/anniversary-games-jonnie-peacock-and-david-weir-denied-triumphant-returns-to-the-olympic-stadium-10417222.html